Vehicle wraps are a fun and easy way to promote your business. Your advertisement travels everywhere that you do, and they can last for a long time. However, harsh winters and pollutants can significantly decrease the lifetime of your vehicle wrap. It is important to properly take care of your vehicle wrap, including regularly cleaning it, in order to ensure its longevity. Read on for how to care for your car wrap.
How to Clean
Clean your car a few times a month, and more often if necessary. If there are any bird droppings, fuel spills, tar, etc. that accumulate on the wrap, clean those off immediately, as they can damage the wrap over time. Rinse off your vehicle with a gentle stream of water, and clean with non-abrasive detergents. Use a soft washcloth or sponge. Avoid using rough scrapers or sponges and they can damage the vehicle wrap. Most of the time, you should hand wash the wrap. Car washes are not recommended, as the rough brushes can lift the edges of the wrap, chip the wrap, or dull its appearance. However, if the car wash does not have brushes, it may be safe to use. Avoid pressure washing with anything stronger than 2000 psi or 180 degrees, although you can pressure wash your wrap if you are very gentle.
Storing Your Vehicle
Whenever possible, you should store your car or wrapped trailer in a garage or in the shade. The graphics can become discolored or warped due to the sun and pollutants in the air. If your car is wrapped during the winter or during rainy months, it is especially important to keep it inside to protect it from the snow and rain (which may contain acidic pollutants). If your car is exposed to acidic pollutants, it can begin to turn brown or discolor. If this happens, the paint underneath your wrap can also become stained. If you do experience browning or discolored wraps, remove the wrap as soon as possible to prevent the paint of your car from becoming ruined.
It is recommended to avoid waxing your vehicle at car washes, as the wax can contain petroleum distillates that can destroy the wrap. However, you can wax your wrap if it is done carefully and with a product that does not contain petroleum distillates.
Before cleaning or applying any product to your wrap, test it in an inconspicuous place to make sure that it will not destroy the wrap.
If well cared for, your wrap can last up to seven years!