Care and Maintenance for Vehicle Wraps and Graphics

I believed this would be a great chance to describe the reason it is important in addition to the benefits of cleaning vehicle wraps and graphics. I’ll emphasise the advised cleaning procedures as well as cite a couple of cleaners and waterless washes that Avery Dennison has found that function nicely.

Exactly why Clean?
It surprises me how often I see or hear concerning wraps that aren’t cared for correctly (or even cared for in all), particularly when the wraps are used to market a company. I’ve heard stories from wrap businesses where they had to do a repair after six months and found that the spray pen marks utilised by the installer for alignment were still on the motor vehicle. This is a very good indication that the owner/driver of the wrapped vehicle is not cleaning the wraparound. Regular cleaning of a rolled vehicle will not just keep the wrap looking great for longer; it’s also likely to provide a better advertisement for business. Just think, if someone does not care enough to wash their business vehicle what kind of work you can expect them to perform for you?

Along with maintaining the car looking good, routine cleaning of a wrapping is vital since it can help prolong the life span of the graphics. This is especially critical in regions of high elevation and congested industrial or rural areas.

In congested Local or rural places, greater smog, pollutants and particulates in the air will cause diminished durability on the horizontal areas of the wrap. The horizontal areas trap the chemicals on the surface of the material, and the greater UV exposure results in briefer durability.
These consequences can be reduced with regular cleaning which can get rid of the pollutants and particulates that could damage the wrap. Applying an approved wax, after cleaning, will help provide added UV protection, particularly for the horizontal places.

How to clean?
Going through an automatic wash with the only spray is acceptable when there is no other way to clean the automobile. I recommend skipping the wax option at the car wash to prevent wax that includes petroleum distillate, which may hurt the wrap. The automated brush wash is an absolute no-no. The brushes may capture the edge of the sticker or graphics and create a failure stage. The brushes can also cause some scratches in your wrap.

Avery Dennison recommends the detergent be a committed car cleaning product or a mild detergent. The detergent ought to be free from synthetic components, have a pH balance between 3 and 11, and be free from strong solvents or alcohols.

The very first step is always to rinse the vehicle with tidy water, this will help prevent scratching the graphics, and then gently agitate a mild soapy water and detergent solution with a delicate cloth or a synthetic or organic sponge, starting from the top of the automobile and functioning down. Avoid abrading the film surface using the unnecessary scrubbing. It is important to rinse the graphic thoroughly using clean water once finished. Allow the water to dry naturally or dab dry with a chamois or a delicate non-abrasive towel, being careful not to lift the film borders. Continue reading

If you must use a pressure washer, be sure to follow these guidelines:

Keep water pressure below 1200 psi
Keep water temperature below 180 layers F (80 C)
Preserve the nozzle at least 12 inches from borders
Keep the nozzle perpendicular to the graphic (this will prevent lifting or flattening the edge of this graphics)
Use a wax using a 40 level broad angle spray pattern
Excessive pressure or spraying in the incorrect angle with a pressure washer can cause damage and make failure points on your graphics.

These products can help preserve the shine level and performance of the film. If my car isn’t overly dirty, this is my preferred alternative. I have discovered that goods, like Turtle Ice, work well to clean and put a nice shine on my wrap. In case the waterless wash includes wax, don’t use it on a matte wrap as that will make glossy spots. Before using any new product on your wrap, make sure to test them in an inconspicuous area of the car before using it on the full vehicle.

The waterless washes are great choices as long as the automobile is not too dirty in the first location. For vehicles that are very dirty, it is recommended to wash by hand first then use the waterless wash for your final touches.

For hard to remove contaminants, like bird droppings, bug splatter, tree sap, etc., attempt to soften them by soaking for several minutes with hot, soapy water then rinse thoroughly. If a knitted chemical is necessary, make sure to check first in an inconspicuous area. Avoid using abrasive tools that may scratch the artwork.

Could I wax?
So long as the wax does not contain petroleum distillates then, yes, it was OK and encouraged to wax your wrap. Products such as Turtle Wax Ice are a mixture waterless wax and wash and also certainly are a wonderful option as long as the automobile is not too dirty.

Matte Films
There are certainly a few exceptions for matte films. You do not want to wax those films since it is going to fill in the texture and cause shiny spots. For matte films, Aquinas produces a waterless wash that can be used. I also have found that using a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water will work nicely to clean your vehicle. Lighter colours like carbon or matte fibre white are more likely to demonstrate more dirt than other colours. If the water and alcohol mix doesn’t cut the dirt, you can try having a warm soapy water solution just like we recommended for removing bird droppings and bug splatter, on occasion the water and soap may eliminate contaminants better than isopropyl alcohol. You may also try a purpose cleaner like Simple Green that may be obtained at your local hardware store.