We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions about vehicle wrap maintenance and answered them below.
Do I wash my vehicle wrap often?
Yes. It’s important to wash your vehicle wrap on a weekly, or at least bi-weekly, basis. When you wash your fleet graphics often, you remove contaminates that could stain or damage the wrap. Plus, you’re more likely to remove hard-to-clean to clean contaminants (like bird droppings and tar) before they can harden and become stubborn problems.
How do I wash my vehicle wrap?
Carefully. A vehicle wrap is durable, but it’s not made to be permanent like your car’s paint job. So, you should avoid abrasive and harsh cleaning methods like automated car washes and pressure washers. These methods can cause the vehicle wrap to peel prematurely.
Instead, handwash your fleet graphics using soapy water and the two-bucket method. Fill one bucket with warm water and a gentle detergent. Fill the other bucket with clean rinse water. As you wash a section of the wrap from the first bucket, use the second bucket to rinse. Then let your vehicle air dry or use a microfiber towel.
If you find yourself in a situation where a car wash is a must, try to use a touchless service. Pressure washing can be safe, too, if you use the lowest setting.
Where should I store my wrapped vehicles?
The best place to store your wrapped vehicle when it’s not in use is in a garage. If you don’t have a garage available, parking in the shade is the next best option. Too much exposure to the sun can cause your vehicle wrap to fade or discolor.
You can also apply a ceramic coating to your wrap to help protect it from UV rays and contaminates. Ceramic coatings improve the longevity of your fleet graphics by adding a second layer of protection, much like wax does for paint.
We’re here to answer your questions
Your fleet graphics are a work of art. With a little know-how and some simple maintenance, you can enjoy them for years. Signature Graphics is your partner in success, and we’re always ready to answer your questions. Contact us today.
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