After Care for Vehicle Wraps and Graphics
Care for your vehicle graphics like you would any fine paint finish.
- Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the graphic may be more difficult t remove during cleaning.
- Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
- Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
THE HOUSE OF INNOVATION DOES NOT RECOMMEND USING WAX OR OTHER SIMILAR COATINGS ON VEHICLE GRAPHICS
Automated Car Washes
- Vinyl wraps may be run through car washes. Touchless car washes are the best for graphic care. Use of brush car washes (depending upon the frequency and quality of brush) may cause dulling/scratching/lifting edge of the graphics.
Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.
- Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14MPa)
- Keep water temperature below 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
- Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.
Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to graphic may lift edges of film.
Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, denatured alcohol may also help. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.
Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dryas soon as possible.