Wrap Vinyl Care
Your wrap is a piece of art and you need to treat us such. The vinyl used on your wrap is specially made for outdoors. Needless to say here in Texas we have one of the harshest weather changes of the Nation, specially in the summer. Here we will give you best practice tips for your wrap to last and keep looking sharp.
Brush-type car washes are not recommended as they can damage the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dull the film’s appearance. Brushless car washes are acceptable.
Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the vehicle wrap may be more difficult to remove during cleaning. Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as Avery supreme wrap care cleaner® or Croftgate USA after care® with clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions. Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa). Keep water temperature below 80°C (180°F). Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern. Keep the nozzle at least 2 feet (600 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic. Important Note! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.
Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry as soon as possible.
Store indoors or undercover whenever possible. Wrap films (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces such as hood, trunk lid and roof. Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day. At night, protect the car from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants (a common problem in many large metropolitan areas). When a garage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night. If your wrap film starts to discolor or turn brown (which is caused by acidic pollution), immediately have a professional remove the wrap film from the vehicle to avoid staining the underlying paint.
Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the wrap film: Meguiar’s Gold Class™ Bug and Tar Remover or 3M™ Citrus Base Cleaner. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (two parts IPA to 1 part water) or denatured alcohol may also help. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.