While full and partial vehicle wraps are extremely low maintenance and keep your car in better condition than paint ever could, your vinyl vehicle wrap will still require some simple maintenance, such as being washed. At Wrap Guys, we understand how important your vinyl wrap is to you. That is why we have put together some tips for washing a vinyl wrapped vehicle.
How to Properly Wash a Vinyl Wrapped Vehicle
When you have a vinyl vehicle wrap, you should consider washing your vehicle on a regular basis or at least whenever your vehicle appears dirty. Leaving contaminants on your vehicle wrap for long periods of time can make them difficult to remove. In order to properly wash your vinyl vehicle wrap, follow these simple steps:
- Rinse the graphic with water, using the spray nozzle attachment on your garden hose.
- Mix together water and a mild car wash detergent into a clean bucket.
- Soak your sponge with the water and soap mixture.
- Clean the graphic, starting at the top and working your way down. This will allow the dirty contaminated water to run downward.
- Rinse the graphic with clean water using the hose.
- Allow the graphic to air dry or dry it with a microfiber cloth.
- Once dry, you can apply a silicone or Teflon based polish designed for vinyl vehicle wraps for added protection.
Removing Difficult Contaminants
If your vinyl wrap has difficult contaminants on it (i.e. bird droppings, tree sap, etc.), you can soften them by soaking them with very hot, soapy water for several minutes. You can then rinse the spot thoroughly and let it completely dry. Make sure that you do not use any rough scrubbing or abrasive tools on the difficult contaminants, which will scratch the film.
In the event that you spill gasoline on your vinyl vehicle wrap, make sure to wipe the gasoline off immediately in order to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Once you have wiped up the spill, you should wash, rinse, and dry the spot using the simple steps listed above.
Film Restoration Tips
If you would like to keep your vinyl car wrap looking its best for as long as possible, you should make sure that you do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds. If you have a matte or textured film, avoid using any polishes or wax products, and if any wax or wax residue ends up on your wrap, remove it with an all-purpose cleaner.
If you would like to learn more about properly washing a vinyl wrapped vehicle, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact Wrap Guys at 604-996-6389 or by filling out a contact form on our website.