A car wrap is an investment, whether you have one vehicle for your business or an entire fleet. You want to ensure that you are getting the most out of your car wrap and that it is benefiting your business. Generally speaking, car wraps can last anywhere between 5-7 years. Most professional car wraps are very durable, but they are not indestructible. Car wraps require proper maintenance to keep them looking like new. Here are a few tips on how to prolong the life of your car wrap.
Clean Your Car Wrap Regularly
Like with any other car, you need to wash your wrap regularly to maintain the desired appeal. If your vehicle is on the road constantly, it is exposed to dirt and pollutants that can accumulate over time, damaging your wrap’s surface. That’s why it is recommended to wash your car wrap at least once a week to get rid of dust and debris. You only need a clean rag and soapy water to clean your wrap effectively. Avoid any harsh cleansers or scrubs as they can damage the vinyl
Avoid High-Pressure Water
You may be tempted to take your vehicle to the car wash for a quick clean. However, the car wash does more harm than good to your vehicle wrap. High-pressure jets can cause the vinyl to lift at the seams, and automated brushes can lift loose edges and scratch the surface. Car washes also tend to use harsher chemicals that are more abrasive, leading to colors fading over time.
Store Your Car in a Safe Location
One of the best ways to extend the life of your car wrap is to store your car in a safe, covered area. Leaving your car out in the Sun and exposed to the elements for a long time can lead to faded vinyl, scratches, and stains. When you are not using your vehicle, it is best to store it in a garage or underground parking structure. This will protect your wrap from snow, heavy rain, and direct sunlight, all of which can cause damage to vinyl over time.
Do Not Use Wax
Wax is usually great on cars to add some polish and shine. But it would be best if you did not use wax on any vinyl car wrap. Wax will degrade the vinyl and shorten the life of your wrap. Just stick to soap and water to keep your car clean.
Contact Brand It Wrap It Today
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