3M has always been at the forefront of vehicle graphic technology and it is important to keep those vehicle graphics looking their best. Here are some important tips on how to keep your vehicle graphics looking their best while preventing unwanted damage to your investment.
Vehicle Wrap Maintenance Guidelines
Your new wrap will last for several years, even in the heat and cold. You can help ensure the longest life possible by following these basic use and care guidelines.
Important wrap care tips:
- Avoid car washes (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, can help add protection to the vinyl
Power Washing Graphics
Wrapped vehicles may be power washed or pressure washed with extreme care. Excessive pressure during power washing can damage the graphic by allowing water to soak underneath the vinyl and lessen its adhesion to the vehicle surface, causing the vinyl to lift, peel and/or cut. Once you receive vehicle back upon install, please do not wash within the first week.
Power washing, or pressure washing, may be used. However, aggressive washing can damage the graphic. Excessive pressure during power washing can damage the graphic by forcing water underneath the graphic. Water lessens the adhesion of the graphic to the substrate allowing the graphic to lift or curl. These problems are magnified by wind. This is a critical problem for perforated window graphic film.
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
For more detailed information about cleaning and maintaining your vehicle graphics click here.