If you are considering investing in a full or partial vinyl wrap for your vehicle, you have likely wondered how long car wraps last. While the answer will vary on a case-by-case basis, car wraps can last up to 7 years or longer when they are properly installed and cared for. As a leading provider of car wraps for all types of vehicles, the team at Wrap Guys knows how important proper care is for maximizing the life of your car wrap. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 tips to help you care for your wrap and keep it looking great for years to come.
How to Maximize the Life of Your Car Wrap
To keep your car wrap in great condition and maximize its usable life, consider the following tips:
1. Keep it Clean
Dirt and other debris can cause significant damage to your vinyl wrap over time. That is why it is crucial to practice regular cleaning with a sponge or soft cloth and soapy water. This will help to dislodge any foreign objects from the vinyl while removing substances like coffee, insects, and bird droppings before they set in and become difficult stains. To ensure optimal cleanliness, it is recommended to clean your vinyl wrap at least once every one to two weeks. The longer you wait between cleaning sessions, the more difficult it will be to clean your wrap.
2. Avoid High-Pressure Water and Wax
While you may be tempted to save time by using a pressure washer or car wash to clean your wrap, neither of these methods are recommended for wrapped vehicles. This is because both methods utilize highly pressurized water that can tear through the vinyl, causing significant and lasting damage. If you do choose to use a pressure washer for a wrapped vehicle, ensure that you are using a low-pressure unit that delivers no more than 1,000 PSI. You will also need to ensure that the nozzle is kept a sufficient distance away from the surface of your vehicle to further reduce the chance of damage. In addition to high-pressure water, it is strongly recommended to avoid using wax on your wrap as it will degrade the vinyl and reduce its durability. For optimal cleanliness and protection, it is best to simply stick with sponges, warm water, and soap.
3. Store Your Vehicle in a Safe Location
Harsh weather conditions can severely damage your wrap over time. That is why one of the best ways to maximize the usable life of your car wrap is to ensure that your vehicle is parked in a safe location whenever possible. While it is impossible to avoid the elements in all situations, it is always worth parking your vehicle in a garage or underground parkade when not in use. This will protect your wrap from snow, extremely heavy rain, and direct sunlight, minimizing the risk of weather-based damage.
To learn more about car wrap care or to discuss the details of your car wrap project, get in touch with the team at Wrap Guys. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your wrap.