So, you just got your vehicle wrapped and are worried about that smudge, dirt, or blemishes. Don’t worry as I have all the tips and tricks you will need to keep your car clean and extend the life of your new wrap.
Now the first piece of advice I can give you is to regularly wash your car. If you let dirt and oils sit, they will become harder to remove over time. Now, when you are washing your car there are some do’s and some don’ts to keep in mind.
- Do NOT use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds
- Do NOT use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films
- Do use an all-purpose cleaner if there is wax or wax residue on the surface
- Do use Isopropyl alcohol and water (2:1) on Matte or Satin vinyl
Now either you have cleaned off the mark getting in the way of your wrap or the stain remains completely unphased by your prior attempts, if that’s the case and you need to go heavy duty to remove the mark here is a list in order of the best items to use.
- Hot, soapy water solution
- Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water (ratio 2:1)
- Simple Green® All-Purpose Cleaner
- Household chlorine bleach; followed by IPA/water (#2)
- Mineral spirits; followed by IPA/water (#2)
The next important tip which is quite simple to follow is to store your car underneath a cover or inside a garage, so that way there is little to no chance of it getting an unwelcome stain or mark. Car covers can be purchased online and are beneficial for the longevity of your wrap. Now you have covered your car and cleaned it thoroughly with the property solution but when fueling you spill some gas on the wrap, don’t panic if you spill some gas wipe it off first and then wash it as soon as possible to avoid damage.
For the final tip for keeping your car nice and clean, if you notice the graphics start to discolor or turn brown, immediately remove the graphics from the vehicle to avoid staining the underlying paint as that would be a much bigger issue than your wrap coming off. If you follow these tips and recommendations correctly there is no doubt your wrap shouldn’t continue to be in pristine condition and look great on the road.