Try to wash your wrapped car regularly preferably by hand, just like you would a nice paint job.
We have a line of care products for washing, maintaining & protecting your car wrap vinyl here.
Hand Wash – 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 and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
Automated Car Washes – Use touchless car washes (car wash using water jets only without brushes) if you don’t have time for a hand-wash. Brush-type car washes are not recommended as they can scratch the film, cause edges to lift or chip, and dull the film’s appearance.
Pressure Washing – 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 1 foot (300 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.
Difficult Contaminants – Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing, dirty or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.
Fuel Spills – Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry as soon as possible.
Film Restoration – The following restoration recommendations will help keep your vehicle wraps looking their best.
- Avoid automated car washes when possible
- Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds
- Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films
- If there is wax or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner
- Before using cleaning products, always test and approve in an inconspicuous area