With our last post, we had some requests and questions from car owners asking about tips on how to suitably care for a vehicle wrap during winter. So today, we’ll try to address some of the questions that we got. Let’s get started!
“Can I wrap my car during winter?”
Yes, but it’s safer to not DIY it and do not do it outdoors. Regardless of the high quality material or brand that you’re using, one thing remains true: vinyl will expand and contract in accordance to the material and the temperature around the car. If you do not have the proper material and place to shut out the cold temperatures, the vinyl can become brittle, rigid, and non-pliable. The cold can affect the efficacy of the adhesive.
So take the safer route and get professional to do your vehicle wrap. You can go to a trusted car service company for a diagnostic and they’ll be able to give you a definitive answer on how to successfully install vinyl during winter.
“I don’t like ice on my car. Can I use a scraper?”
This is a big N-O. Ice can understandably cause annoyance for any car owner that wants to keep their vehicle pristine. However, if you use a scraper to fight the ice but no matter how gently you try to use it, there is an almost guarantee that you will end up scratching the vinyl. On a worse case, you can end up peeling your vinyl off.
This is particularly true for window graphics. We suggest using a brush with soft bristles–this is very helpful with fluffy snow. You can use a soft cloth to wipe of ice from door handles. If there’s some pretty persistent ice on your windows, using your heater first can help loosen it up so you can wipe it away. It may take a bit more effort but it’s the sacrifice needed to keep your investment intact.
“I heard that road salt is bad for my vinyl. Is that true?”
Yes, this is very true. Road salt during winter is used to melt snow. That is pretty good since it helps keep our roads safe. The one time we’re not thankful for road salt is when it’s left alone on vinyl covered cars. When exposed to road salt for an extended time, vinyl corrodes and loses its color.
“How do I protect my vinyl from road salt?”
It’s always best to be proactive it certain situations–this is one of them. So ideally before winter starts, it’s best to apply a coating of wax and oil unto the body of your vehicle.
It’s also pretty important to remember which parts of your car (and your vinyl) are more susceptible to rust because of road salt like the doors, fenders, the good, and the tailgate. Remembering these areas will help give your priority areas that always need to be checked and cleaned for any road salt.
For some last minute protection, it’s best to wash your car around every 10 days or less–best time is whenever temperatures hit around 40 degrees F.
Now for some general tips:
- Avoid driving through snow when it looks like its deep.
- Avoid applying a wax coat during winter.
- Wipe down your car with microfiber towel to absorb any excess moisture.
- Don’t let snow turn into ice on your vehicle.
Just keep these tips in mind and your vinyl wrap should be safe and sound even during the harshest of winters.