How to wash and maintain your vinyl wrap

Taking care of your new custom vinyl wrap on your car is important to ensure its longevity and appearance. Here are some tips that we recommend on how to wash vinyl wrap:

  1. Only wash by hand: Wash your car regularly with gentle pH-neutral car soap and clean water (Refer to the wash video above). We recommend not using high-pressure washers, as they can lift and damage the edges of the vinyl wrap.
  2. No harsh chemicals: Don’t use abrasive or harsh cleaning agents on the vinyl wrap. Only use gentle soaps and cleaners specifically designed for car wraps. Don’t use polishes on any satin/matte vinyl wraps.
  3. Soft microfibers or sponges: Use a soft microfiber towel or sponge for washing. Avoid abrasive materials like brushes that can scratch the vinyl and cause permanent damage.
  4. Rinse fully: Rinse the car thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  5. Pat dry or use an air blower: Instead of rubbing the wrap with a towel, pat it dry gently using an extra large microfiber drying towel. This helps in preventing any potential damage to the vinyl. If wiping, use a vinyl-safe quick detailer to help lubricate.
  6. Avoid waxes: Vinyl wraps do not require waxing. Some waxes may contain ingredients that could harm the vinyl such as carnauba or abrasives. Check with the wrap manufacturer for specific recommendations.
  7. Protect from direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the vinyl to fade over time. When possible, park your car away from direct sunlight.
  8. Avoid scratches or excessive touching: Be careful about sharp objects or abrasive materials that could scratch the vinyl. Fingernails are the number one cause of cuts on vinyl wraps near the door areas. Also, avoid parking near bushes or trees with branches that may scratch the surface.

Always refer to the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer of the vinyl wrap, as different products may have unique requirements. Every manufacturer has slightly different ways they recommend along with different products to use. This is something we can discuss with you in full detail at the time of choosing your vinyl wrap.

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