Vehicle wraps aren’t meant to be installed and forgotten. Like the rest of your vehicle, your wrap requires regular cleaning and maintenance. In order to maintain longevity, wash your vehicle on a regular basis and avoid leaving it out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Here are some common questions customers have about cleaning their vehicle wraps:
How often should I wash my wrapped vehicle?
We recommend washing your vehicle once a week or anytime it’s exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants. Either hand wash or use a touchless car wash – nothing with bristles or brushes as they will damage the wrap. If you are using a power washer, make sure it is on a low pressure setting so it doesn’t damage the wrap. To avoid spotting, be sure to rinse the vehicle well and dry with a microfiber cloth.
We like to use Adam’s Polishes or Meguiar’s for all our car care needs.
Can I take my wrapped vehicle through an automatic car wash?
You can bring your wrapped vehicle to an automated brushless car wash, though hand washing is safer and more thorough. Automated car washes with brushes are too abrasive on the film and can cause peeling and lifted edges along with scratches on the laminate.
Can I pressure wash my wrapped vehicle?
If you want to pressure wash your vehicle wrap, keep it below 2,000 psi. Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern and keep water temperature below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the spray nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car edges.
How do I clean bird droppings, insects, tree sap or other difficult stains?
Clean bird droppings and difficult stains immediately. Letting them sit for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap. Soak the affected area for a few minutes with warm, soapy water to loosen the contaminants. Rinse completely and dry with a microfiber cloth. For stubborn contaminants, use denatured alcohol, Meguiar’s Gold Class™ Bug and Stain Remover or two parts isopropyl alcohol to one part water. Always test these solutions on a small area that’s not easily noticeable to ensure the cleaner will not harm the wrap. Do not use solvents or oil based cleaning products!
What should I do about gasoline or fuel stains?
Wipe off fuel spills immediately then hand wash the affected area. Letting the spill stay the wrap too long will degrade the vinyl. A quick wipe with a wet paper towel at a gas station will clean the fuel affected area decently enough until you can get home to do a more thorough job.
Can I park my vehicle outdoors for a long period of time?
Extended amounts of time under the sun or other outdoor elements (rain, smog, debris, and road pollutants from passing cars) can degrade the wrap. Try your best to park your car in a garage or under a canopy or shelter. If you must park it outside for prolonged periods look for shaded parking areas or rotate your vehicle so the exposure is even.
What products should I avoid when cleaning my wrap?
Never, EVER use any of the following cleaning products on your wrap:
- Oil-based cleaners
- Kitchen & bathroom cleaners
- Oven cleaner
- Orange oil
- Engine degreaser