Vehicle Graphics - Post Care

How often should I wash my vehicle wrap?

 

Wash your wrap once a week or more often if your vehicle is exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants. You should hand wash it using 3M® Car Wash Soap 39000, or Meguiar’s NXT Generation® Car Wash or Deep Crystal® Car Wash. We also recommend 3M Quick Detailer Spray Wax or Meguiar’s Ultimate Quik Wax.  You can use another gentle automotive detergent if necessary – any good brand will work.  Always use a nice automotive sponge or clean, soft cloth to wash your wrap. Rinse vehicle with clear water after washing. Minimize water spotting by using a silicone squeegee or chamois to remove water. Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

 

Can I take my wrapped vehicle into a drive-through car wash?

NO.  Brushes, harsh chemicals, high water pressures and other unknowns are made to remove

everything from the paint, so they should be avoided at all costs, and will void your warranty.

What should I use for spot cleaning?  Use Simple Green or isopropyl rubbing alcohol to spot clean isolated stains. Rinse area with cool water after cleaning. Don’t use tire dressing to spot clean as it may splash on the wrap and cause stains. Avoid wiping the wrap when it’s hot; this can distort the material and cause wrinkling.

Can I Pressure Wash my Vehicle Wrap?

If you want to pressure wash your vehicle wrap, keep it below 2,000 psi. Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern and keep water temperature below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the spray nozzle at least 24 inches away from the car edges.

How Do I Clean Bird Droppings, Insects, Tree Sap or Other Difficult Stains?

Clean bird droppings and difficult stains immediately. Letting them sit for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap. Soak the affected area for a few minutes with warm, soapy water to loosen the contaminants. Rinse completely and dry with a microfiber cloth.  For stubborn contaminants, use denatured alcohol, 3M® Citrus Base Cleaner, Meguiar’s Gold Class™ Bug and Stain Remover or two parts isopropyl alcohol to one part water. Always test these solutions on a small area that’s not easily noticeable to ensure the cleaner will not harm the wrap. Do not use solvents or oil based cleaning products!

What Should I Do about Gas or Fuel Spills?

Wipe off fuel spills immediately, then hand wash the affected area. Letting the spill stay the wrap too long will degrade the vinyl. A quick wipe with a wet paper towel at a gas station will clean the fuel affected area decently enough until you can get home to do a more through job.

 

How long should my vehicle graphics last?

Well that depends on a lot of things... How well you treat your graphics has a lot to do with it.  The better you treat your vehicle the longer your graphics will last with small or full wraps.  In addition it would be beneficial to educate yourself on the standards set out by the manufacturer of material used.  Please consult your CGC rep for further details.

 

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