How to Care for Your Vinyl Vehicle Wrap

Okay, so you just got your vehicle wrapped, and now you want to make sure it always looks as good as the day you brought it home. More importantly, you want to make sure it lasts as long as it can. So how do you do it? It is recommended that you wait for the first two days after your vehicle is wrapped, and then after the initial 48 hours, you continue washing it every two weeks, or at least whenever it appears dirty. The longer you leave dirt and other contaminants on your vehicle wrap, the harder it is to remove.

The best way is to wash your vehicle wrap by hand, with a hose and a mild soapy water solution. When choosing your detergent, it is important to avoid any strong soluble solutions, alcohol, or abrasive components. Use a mild car cleaning detergent, with a pH balance between 5 and 9, mixed with water.

  1. Start with a pre-rinse: Using a garden hose, rinse your vinyl vehicle wrap with clean water to remove loose dirt particles.
  2. Gently wash your vehicle: Using a mild soapy water solution and a soft microfiber
    cloth, start from the top of the vehicle and work down. Try to avoid any unnecessary scrubbing.
  3. Rinse: After washing, rinse your vinyl vehicle wrap thoroughly with clean water.
  4. Let the wrap dry naturally: If you are concerned with water spots, use a silicone squeegee to remove the water, followed by drying with a non-abrasive towel or microfiber cloth.

For difficult spots, soak the contaminants with very hot, soapy water for a few minutes. Afterwards, rinse the spot thoroughly and let it completely dry. Be careful not to use any rough scrubbing or tools on hard spots, as it will risk scratching the film.

It doesn’t take much to maintain your vehicle wrap. If you follow the proper maintenance care, your vinyl vehicle wrap will last for several years, looking as good as the day you first brought it home.

If you would like to learn more about maintaining your new vinyl vehicle wrap, please do not hesitate to contact the Slicks Graphics team directly at 800-792-6951 or by emailing us at info@slicksgraphics.com.