6 Ways to Extend the Life of Car Wraps & Graphics

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If you would like to keep your vehicle wrap or promo graphics looking as-new for as long as possible, it’s important that you know how to properly care for and maintain them.

Many factors can affect the durability and performance of vehicle graphics, including prolonged exposure to pollutants and smog, UV damage and using unsuitable cleaning and waxing products. When properly cared for, a vehicle wrap can last as long as five years.

Here are six ways you can extend the life of car wraps and graphics.

1. Clean regularly

Urban pollution and contaminants, such as smog, chemicals, dust, and debris, can become trapped on the surface of the wrap and affect its durability. The solution? Clean your wrap regularly to wash away this damaging layer.

The best way to clean your wrap is by hand, using water and a mild detergent. Be sure to use a soft cloth (microfibre is best) and rinse the car thoroughly with clean water once you have finished.

 2. Spot clean difficult contaminants

Struggling to remove difficult contaminants, such as bird droppings, tree sap, and bug splatter? Soak them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water prior to your regular cleaning routine. Do not try to scrape or scrub difficult contaminant using abrasive tools, as this may scratch the wrap or vinyl graphic, damaging it permanently.

For stubborn stains, consult the installer for advice on which products and techniques to use. Not all chemicals and cleaners are suitable for use on wraps and may damage the film.

 3. Avoid car brush washes

Brush car washes can cause dulling, lifting of the edges of the graphics, and scratching. However, touchless car washes are usually safe and will not damage the film. Some waxes contain petroleum distillate, however, which may damage your wrap, so it’s  safer to skip this stage at the end of your automated wash.

 4. Do not use abrasive polishes

Avoid the use of abrasive polishes and cutting compounds. These may dull and damage your wrap.

5. Take special care with matte or textured films

Unlike standard wraps and finishes, matte and textured films should not be waxed, as this will affect the texture and result in an uneven finish.

6. Protect & cover whenever possible

UV rays and environmental pollutants, such as rain, can contribute towards to damage and degradation of vinyl wraps and graphics, so it is best to keep your vehicle under cover whenever possible. If you do not have access to a garage, invest in a cloth cover or car wrap.

Award-winning vehicle & promo graphics

At 3SixtyWraps, our award-winning team of 3M AVW vehicle wrappers are the best in the business. If you would like to find out more about caring for your vehicle wrap or graphics, or you would like to learn more about our services – including commercial wrapsmotorsport graphics, or customs graphics, get in touch today. Call 01604 645 826 or email info@3sixtywraps.co.uk.

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