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How to Protect Your Vehicle Wraps?

At 10West, we know that after you have successfully installed a new wrap to your vehicle or your company’s fleet, the doubt of whether it would last or not will arise. You do not want such work to go to waste anytime soon, right? So, what do you do?

As a company that has always been at the forefront of vehicle graphic technology, 3M also agrees that it is important to keep your vehicle graphics looking their best. That’s why we have compiled some important tips on how to maintain your vehicle wraps and preventing unwanted damage to your investment. Enjoy.

Vehicle Wrap Maintenance Guidelines

Your new wrap will last for several years, even in the heat and cold. However, to ensure the longest life possible, you should these basic use and care guidelines.

Important wrap care tips:

  • Avoid car washes (instead, hand wash using a mild soap and water with a soft brush, rag or sponge)
  • Never use an ice scraper on window film
  • Avoid using a rear wiper on window film
  • Applying a wax over the wrap, by hand, may add protection to the vinyl

Graphic Wraps and Power Washing

Wrapped vehicles may be power washed or pressure washed with extreme care. Excessive pressure during power washing can damage the graphic as water may soak underneath the vinyl and lessen its adhesion to the vehicle surface, causing it to lift, peel, or cut. This is a critical problem especially for perforated window graphic film.

Once you receive vehicle back upon install, you should wait at least a week before washing it. Power washing, or pressure washing, may be used. However, aggressive washing may damage the graphic.

To avoid edge lifting or other damage to the graphics, follow these important steps:

  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide spray pattern.
  • Be sure the spray nozzle includes a nozzle protector (tip guard).
  • Use a maximum pressure of 1500 to 2000 psi.
  • If the system is heated, limit the water temperature to 180°F (82°C) or less.
  • Hold nozzle at least 12 inches (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (90 degrees +/- 10) to the graphic.
  • Do not direct the water stream at a sharp angle to the edge of the graphic

Download a printable sheet of tips about cleaning and maintaining your vehicle graphics. Click here.