If you’ve made the wise decision and invested in a vehicle wrap for your car or truck, you must probably wondering how best to wash and care for it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in the worry. This is one of the more common questions that we’ve come across in our line of work. Today, we’ll tackle how you, as the owner, can wash and care for your vehicle wrap.
While washing a wrapped vehicle is a tad different from one with a standard paint job, it really isn’t a complicated task and can be accomplished without breaking your wallet.
When washing your wrapped vehicle, there really is no need to bust out any specialized tools. In fact, most car owners are surprised at how simple the tools needed for the task are. For starters, any clear and soft sponge, cloth, or microfiber towel works! These are quite effective in scrubbing away any dirt or grime off your wrap.
While you can use car washing brushes, it is advised that you use them very carefully. Brushes are notorious for keeping hardened dirt around bristles that can scratch and damage your vinyl wrap. If it something that can ding normal paint jobs, they’ll be able to hurt wraps as well.
If you’re a car owner that wants to pressure wash your wrapped vehicle, keep it below 2,000 psi. Ensure that the spray nozzle is used and uses a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern. It is also important to keep your water’s temperature below 60 degrees Celsius. To avoid damaging your wrap, keep the nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car’s edges.
Soaps and Solutions
While certain stores and shops will suggest that you buy the latest and more popular brand on the market like 3M–we’ve found that any quality car wash soap is as effective as the larger brand ones. With that said, it is important to note that you mustn’t use home or kitchen cleaners on your car. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at the sheer number of damaged wraps because of that simple mistake.
Also, avoid using any chemicals like solvents, oil based cleaners, and bleach. If you happen to have isolated stains on your wrap, using Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a soft rag will be your best friend. You can rise the area with cool water after the rubdown.
Incidentally, there really isn’t a difference in the frequency of washing a wrapped vehicle and a painted vehicle. It is actually advisable for car owners with wrapped vehicles to wash their vehicles quite often. Particularly if they’d want their wrap to look cleaner and stand out from most. Developing a once in a week wash routine will help keep your wrap in stellar condition.
Special attention must be given if you live or drive in an area that’s riddled with dust, mud, or dirt. In such cases, more steady and frequent washing routines are required to avoid any build-up on your wrap.
Wrapped vehicles can be brought to car washes BUT they must preferably be an automated brushless car wash. Brush car washes, particularly automated ones, will be too rough on the vinyl film and can cause peeling or lifted edges.
Keep these little pointers in mind that you’ll keep your investment as good as they day you installed your vinyl wraps!