CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW WRAP! Now that your vehicle is looking good, it is important to keep it that way. Wrap care involves basic techniques on how to not only keep your vehicle wrap looking fresh, but prolong its lifespan. Here are some tips, tricks and washing methods on how to do so!
SAFEST WAYS TO WASH YOUR WRAP:
Hand-washing: Sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way. Always pre-rinse your vehicle before washing to avoid any unnecessary surface scratches. Use a soft sponge or microfiber towel with a mild soap and water solution to clean from top to bottom. Let the vehicle dry naturally and follow up with a dry clean microfiber or soft non-abrasive towel.
Waterless Wash: If the vehicle is not too dirty, then a waterless wash is a good option. Related wrap care products such as specific detail sprays are a great choice to keep a continuous shine on your fresh wrap. Apply your wrap care product and wipe with a soft microfiber towel for fast results.
ALTERNATE WAYS TO WASH YOUR WRAP:
Automatic Car Wash: This is not the preferred method to wash your vehicle, although we know occasionally it may be a more practical one. However, be cautious. If an automatic brush happens to snag a tail or the corner of a wrap, it could cause issues such as scratching, damaging or tearing of the wrap. Most automatic car wash washes use waxes that contain a chemical called petroleum distillate which, in time, will cause fading and dulling of the surface of your wrap. Always be sure to speak with an associate to let them know of your vehicle wrap and have them remove any waxing options during your wash.
- Besides washing, keeping your vehicle shaded is another way to prolong your wrap's lifespan.
- Avoid pressure washing your vehicle at all times. When washing your vehicle try to make sure your water pressure does not exceed 1200 psi.
- When hand washing your wrap, make sure your water temperature is below 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the hose nozzle is at least 12 inches away from the edges.
- If you are choosing to use waterless wash products on your car, stick to spray detailers that are specifically made for vehicle wraps. Some chemicals in others may cause damage to your wrap down the road.
- WASH! WASH! WASH! A clean wrap is a happy wrap!