Vehicle Wrap Maintenance Tips

Tips for Prolonging your Wrap

Weather conditions and installation obstacles can cause the wrap to bubble or lift gently during the first few days.

  • Bring the vehicle in for a quick inspection if you see any issues. Often a little heat or edge sealer can prevent a small problem from becoming a big issue.

Hand washing is recommended every 2-3 weeks.

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner without strong solvents
  • Use plenty of water and wash from the top down
  • Avoid brushes. Both automatic and hand brushes can cause scratches and dull the finish of the protective over-laminate
  • Use a soft sponge or rag and avoid aggressive or excessive scrubbing
  • Take extra care with Matte or Textured Finishes
  • Rinse any residue with clear water
  • Air dry or use a microfiber cloth

Avoid Pressure Washing – if not possible follow these tips.

  • Avoid excessive pressure which can damage the graphics
  • Do not spray damaged graphics! Water can get under the graphic and cause more lifting and tearing
  • Do not direct the spray at a sharp angle to the graphics
  • Avoid spraying directly at or on top of seams
  • Trim back all lifted edges and seal with an edge sealer or replace damaged section of graphic if necessary

Waxing and Polishing

  • AVOID Carnuba Waxes!
  • Rigorous buffing that can bring out high shine can also damage graphics
  • Heat sensitive waxes can melt in the sun creating a greasy mess that attracts dirt and can cause black streaks
  • Heat also releases the stain in the wax which can stain graphics
  • Teflon based polishes are fine. Get one specifically made for vehicle wraps
  • Do not use any wax or polish on Matte or Textured Finishes – scratches are more obvious and harder to repair on these types of finishes

Additional Tips

  • Remove any residue or “gunk” as soon as possible to avoid damage or staining
  • Test any cleaners you use in an inconspicuous place first. Avoid abrasive cleaners
  • Gas spill – wash off any residue with soap and water right away
  • Oil, tar or asphalt build up – wipe down with Isopropyl Alcohol and a citrus based cleaner
  • Follow any chemical cleaning with a regular washing with mild cleaner and water
  • Boats – Clean with fresh water after each use
  • Park in the shade, in a garage or under cover as much as possible to avoid UV damage