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How to Protect Your Vehicle Wraps?

At 10West, we know that after you have successfully installed a new wrap to your vehicle or your company’s fleet, the doubt of whether it would last or not will arise. You do not want such work to go to waste anytime soon, right? So, what do you do?

As a company that has always been at the forefront of vehicle graphic technology, 3M also agrees that it is important to keep your vehicle graphics looking their best. That’s why we have compiled some important tips on how to maintain your vehicle wraps and preventing unwanted damage to your investment. Enjoy.

Vehicle Wrap Maintenance Guidelines

Your new wrap will last for several years, even in the heat and cold. However, to ensure the longest life possible, you should these basic use and care guidelines.

Important wrap care tips:

  • Avoid car washes (instead, hand wash using a mild soap and water with a soft brush, rag or sponge)
  • Never use an ice scraper on window film
  • Avoid using a rear wiper on window film
  • Applying a wax over the wrap, by hand, may add protection to the vinyl

Graphic Wraps and Power Washing

Wrapped vehicles may be power washed or pressure washed with extreme care. Excessive pressure during power washing can damage the graphic as water may soak underneath the vinyl and lessen its adhesion to the vehicle surface, causing it to lift, peel, or cut. This is a critical problem especially for perforated window graphic film.

Once you receive vehicle back upon install, you should wait at least a week before washing it. Power washing, or pressure washing, may be used. However, aggressive washing may damage the graphic.

To avoid edge lifting or other damage to the graphics, follow these important steps:

  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide spray pattern.
  • Be sure the spray nozzle includes a nozzle protector (tip guard).
  • Use a maximum pressure of 1500 to 2000 psi.
  • If the system is heated, limit the water temperature to 180°F (82°C) or less.
  • Hold nozzle at least 12 inches (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (90 degrees +/- 10) to the graphic.
  • Do not direct the water stream at a sharp angle to the edge of the graphic

Download a printable sheet of tips about cleaning and maintaining your vehicle graphics. Click here.

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Benefits of Window Graphics in Toronto

Window graphics showcase your brand, product, and service to thousands of prospective customers every day taking advantage of the daily traffic flow in front of your business. But, how does that compare to other forms of advertising like billboards and such?

Here, we will show you some of the benefits that window graphic installations have and why they should be part of your marketing strategy.

1. Save on permits

When you need to set up a sign, sandwich board or flag, most municipalities restrict their sizes and additionally require a permit for your to get started. You may utilize window graphics rather than signs and flags if permitting is an concern.

2. Powerful ad space

Your storefront windows are advertising magnets to the eye. Utilize this super power to capture new customers and improve their first impression of your brand.

3. Immediate and effective advertising

With window graphics, you are able to make a bold announcement to the audience that matter the most to you, local people. A powerful window graphic design and message will let them know who you are and what you do. With this advertising medium, the awareness of your business will increase rapidly as people talks about it. As a result, more sales will follow.

4. Easily changeable and removable

You will like the flexibility of changing your window graphics and your landlord will be even happier to know that window graphics can be taken off without causing any damage to the windows once they are removed.

5. Enhance or Build your brand identity

To grow a business, you need to promote your identity, a brand.  A plain window doesn’t state much to a person strolling by however, a creative window graphic can knock the socks off of passers by and even drivers, giving you valuable brand exposure and generating awareness.

6. Promote specials

Give your promotions a lift with a window graphic that showcases what you offer, latest deals and offers.

7. Improve privacy

There are certain businesses that require privacy in particular areas where business is conducted.  People don’t have to see everything that goes on inside your business so why not create privacy and advertise your business at the same time.

8. Offer a superior view

Sometimes the view from inside your store to the outside world isn’t the prettiest.  Instead of covering windows with dusty blinds to hide alley walls, dumpsters or another building, why not use window graphics inside to block out any unsightly areas.

9. Give direction

Pull or Push?  Eliminate the guesswork from opening a door.  This simple step can avoid disaster.

10. Block out excess sunlight

Despite the view that you may have out of your window, a blinding sun can be very intrusive. Utilize window graphics and window films to reduce not only glare, but also heat inside coming in through your windows.

These are a few examples of effective uses of window graphics to advertise your business locally. Window graphics come in a variety of styles and applications. Optimize the free real estate staring out at prospective customers everyday. We can give you the advice and proper guidance on what works and best fits your needs.

Promote Your Business With Window Graphics

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Construction Hoarding Walls

Construction Hoarding Wraps: More Than Just Pretty Walls

We have all seen wall graphics around construction sites and sometimes we are impressed by the images and promotional graphics on them. These are not just for covering up what is happening behind but also for letting future customers know that something new is on its way.

Instead of the traditional large blank walls, construction hoarding wraps improve the appearance of a construction site, but they serve other important purposes, too. On top of looking spectacular and grand at times, these walls are a major component in ensuring health and safety for site workers, visitors, and the general public.

There are many reasons for putting construction hoarding wraps on walls and we embrace them all. They keep us safe while, at the same time peak our curiosity of what is going on behind them. They also offer developers, property owners, and retailers a grand billboard to promote their brand, product and service.

So, the next time you see construction hoarding going up, you won’t have to wait long until the wonderful graphics give you a glimpse of what is being built beyond those walls.

Promote Your Business With Construction Hoarding Wraps

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