Taking care of your Vinyl Wrap

Whenever you buy something brand new, your first instinct is to take care of it, right? The same applies to your freshly wrapped vehicle. This is a brand new start for your vehicle's aesthetic and you should only use high-quality products and recommended procedures to ensure a long lifespan for your wrap. Here are a few tips.


Washing your vehicle

  • Hand Washing is preferred.

  • If you are going to run your vehicle through a car wash, Touchless car washes are the best for graphic care. Use of brush car washes may cause dulling/scratching/lifting edge of the graphics.

  • 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.

  • Pressure washing may be used under these conditions.

    • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).

    • Water temperature is kept below 180 °F (80 °C).

    • A spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern is used.

    • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.


Wipe off any Fuel Spills Immediately

This is to avoid vinyl and adhesive depredation.


Store Vehicle Indoors when Possible

Like paint, Wrap films are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, especially on the horizontal surfaces such as the hood, trunk lid, and roof. Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day. At night, protect the car from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants.


When a garage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night.

For more information on how to take care of and prolong the lifespan of your vinyl wrap, download the official 3M Vehicle Care Guide.

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