Take care of your vehicle wrap! Proper care for your wrap is the best way to maintain any finish on your vehicle - whether paint or vinyl. Your wrap will stay fresh and long-lasting by use of high-quality products designed specifically for vinyl care. Like the rest of your vehicle, your wrap requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Washing your wrap regularly and keeping it away from potential pollutants will result in a longer-lasting, more vibrantly colorful wrap.
Listed below are the best cleaning and maintenance procedures that will help keep your wrap looking its best and will allow you to get the full life out of your investment.
- Keep it clean – any time dirt starts collecting it’s best to get it washed off. Keep a microfiber (or three) in your trunk.
- Hand wash once per week with mild detergent and clean water using a soft microfiber sponge or cloth. After rinsing, minimize water spotting by using a silicone squeegee or microfiber to remove water. Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Test any cleaner on a small area before using on larger areas.
- Help protect your investment by using a wash/polish. If you have your vehicle professionally detailed make sure they use a wax that is safe for vinyl.
- Let your wrap air dry or dry it with a microfiber cloth, rather than using high-powered air blowers.
- Do not allow corrosive substances to remain in contact with your vinyl, make sure to clean any spills as soon as possible. Water almost always contains some trace amounts of minerals like calcium or iron, salt or air pollution. The longer they sit, the more they bond and wear away at your wrap or clear coat.
- Do not use automatic car washes that use bristles or high-pressure water sprayers. If you purchase a wrap from Car Wrap City, doing so can result in your warranty being voided.
- Do not use a buffer when applying wax/polish to your wrap.
- Do not use standard wax/polish on any matte or textured finish. The chemicals in most standard wax products can eat away at vinyl.
- Do not use rear windshield wipers or rear defrosters on perforated window graphics unless absolutely necessary. Do not roll down any window that has perforated window graphics, as this can damage your graphics.
After your wrap is installed, we will give you a Wrap Care Kit that includes care instructions, a microfiber cloth and a sample bottle of Aquanil wrap care product. Failure to properly maintain your wrap can void the warranty on your investment, so please make sure to heed our advice and read through the information we provide you.
WRAP CARE PRODUCTS
At both our Carrollton and Sherman locations, Car Wrap City offers a variety of wrap care products manufactured by Croftgate USA that will clean, seal and protect your wrap as well as take care of the rest of your vehicle’s needs (tires, paint, etc.). All of the products we carry are waterless which makes spot cleaning on the go incredibly easy.
One of those products that we highly recommend is Wrap Care: After Care - JP because it is specifically designed to clean and add a protective coating to vinyl wraps. This particular product is for gloss wraps, which include all full print, textured (carbon/brushed metallic, for example) and chrome wraps. We also sell After Care JP-Matte for matte finishes. These products are also environmentally friendly. They do not contain petroleum and have low VOCs, so they are really safe to work with.
Want to read more about cleaning your wrap? Check out more tips and FAQ here: How to Care For and Clean Your Vehicle Wrap.
In most cases, wrap removals are an easy procedure and will not damage vehicle paint if installed and removed properly. Factory-original paint works best with wraps as the quality of aftermarket paint and paint installation varies. We can take a look at your vehicle and the condition of your paint if you have questions about removing a future wrap.
If you have a previously installed wrap that hasn't been cared for, we can help! Car Wrap City will remove your old wrap to the best of our ability. Pricing depends on size and condition of the wrap being removed. Factors vary from wrap to wrap, depending on how the wrap was originally installed. Some installers use a type of glue called primer to help keep the wrap from peeling. Peeling wraps are often due to cheap vinyl or other materials, or lack of knowledge and experience of the installers. Either way, we can remove it but assume no responsibility for the condition of the vehicle after removal, unless the wrap was installed by Car Wrap City originally.
Read more about wrap removals and see photos of a removal here: What You Need to Know About Wrap Removals.