Vinyl car wraps are a great way to protect your car while also adding personalised graphics to it.
However, it is easy to neglect a vinyl wrap once it has been installed, especially during the washing process. But this does not have to be the case.
With the following tips, you can preserve your vinyl wrap and even extend its life to get more value for your money.
1. Wash your wrap regularly
It is good practice to clean your wrapped car as soon as it starts to get dirty. Allowing the dirt to sit on the wrap will make it harder to remove, increasing the need for excessive force to be used, which can easily damage it.
For stubborn stains, such as bird droppings and insect splatter, soaking the stain with hot soapy water or denatured alcohol will help.
2. Avoid rough scrubbing tools
Vinyl wraps are not resistant to damage from abrasive cleaning tools, so you should always hand wash your wrapped car with a soft, clean sponge (or cloth) to ensure you do not loosen the edges of the wrap.
You should also ensure that you rinse off any loose particles with a spray bottle filled with water, to prevent them from scratching against the vinyl wrap.
3. Rinse and dry thoroughly after washing
Water spots can leave unsightly marks on your pristine new vinyl wrap and are caused by not rinsing or drying your car properly after a wash.
You should rinse your car thoroughly after every wash by using clean water and a silicone squeegee to ensure you remove all excess water. This should be done immediately after washing to avoid water spots. Afterwards, dry your car with a clean microfiber cloth.
4. Opt for contactless car washes
Sometimes, particularly when your car is very dirty, you may want to enlist the help of the cleaning professionals. Turning to machine polishing equipment will help ensure your wrap is kept in the best condition while preserving it for a longer lifespan. Contactless car washing services can also be used as an alternative to brushes and scrubs to reduce friction and wear on the vinyl. This system replaces the use of brushes with high water pressure emitted from nozzles directed all around your car. This greatly reduces the chance of causing surface damage to the vehicle, hence protecting your wrap.
5. Proper pressure washing
Another alternative to hand washing is pressure washing, but you still have to be careful if you want to preserve your wrap. If you use the wrong temperature, pressure or even nozzle distance, you risk severely damaging your custom graphics. Here are some tips for using pressure washing on vinyl wrapped cars:
– The spray nozzle should have a 40-degree wide-angle spray pattern
– The nozzle should be kept at a distance of 1 foot (30cm) from the vinyl
– The nozzle should also be perpendicular to the graphic to avoid lifting the edges of the film
– The water pressure should be kept below 14MPa
– The water temperature should be below 80°C
At FAW Customs, we provide a variety of vinyl wraps at affordable prices for any type of vehicle. Feel free to browse our website to discover the best care and maintenance practices for preserving your custom car wrap. If you have any questions, contact us and our friendly experts will get back to you as soon as possible.