Care and Maintenance Advice – Vehicle Wrap After-Care
Good quality, properly installed vehicle wraps and vinyl graphics should last for many years, however diligent care and maintenance is essential to getting the most life out of them. It is a good idea to always adhere to the following.
1. Regular cleaning
It’s very important to keep the vehicle clean as dirt and pollution left to sit on the surface will speed up possible degradation. We recommend cleaning approximately once each fortnight.
Always remove as much dirt and grit as possible initially with a hose. Then use a mild, non-abrasive detergent and water, with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a quality Chamois or microfiber cloth.
For stubborn spot stains such as tar, bird droppings or tree sap, use a citrus-based cleaner. Do this as soon as you notice the contaminant, as they may cause permanent damage to the clear overlaminate. Always test your cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.
Cleaning products made by Avery Dennison specifically for vehicle wraps are available through Go Graphics.
Although hand washing is the preferred method, it is ok to use a hand-held pressure washer if care is taken. Be sure to keep the nozzle at least 1m from the surface and directed straight at the surface, rather than at an angle.
NEVER spray your perforated window film with a high pressure washer as the laminate is fragile.
Never use automatic brush-type or Laser Wash machines. These can be very harsh and will likely tear the edges of the vinyl, and destroy the perforated window films.
2. Store undercover overnight
Your vinyl wrap or graphics (just like paint) will react negatively to prolonged exposure to the sun, atmospheric pollutants, and moisture (i.e. morning dew).
Keeping the car garaged will help protect the films protected from these and extend the life of the wrap.
Avoid bore water at all times. If your reticulation system uses bore water, ensure your car is not subjected to being sprayed with this if parked near lawns or gardens. Even short-term exposure to bore water can permanently stain the film.
3. Report small areas of concern immediately
Check over your wrap on a regular basis, and if you notice any lifting, peeling, fading etc., let us know immediately. Catching a problem in its early stages leaves us more options for resolving them before it’s too late.
4. Film Rejuvenation
A gloss overlaminate may have lost some of its lustre after a while, and swirl marks and imperfections can become apparent. It’s possible to rejuvenate the finish with a liquid wax polish. Again, always test your product on an inconspicuous area first.