Vehicle Wraps FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I wash my vehicle wrap?

Wash your wrap once a week or more often if your vehicle is exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants. You should hand wash your vehicle using car wash soap without wax. Always use a nice automotive sponge or a clean, soft cloth to wash your wrap.

Rinse the vehicle with clear water after washing. Minimize water spotting by using a Silicon squeegee to remove water and then dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

Can I take my wrapped vehicle into a drive through car wash?

No, you should not wash your vehicle in an automated brush car wash, hand washing is safer. Automated car washes with brushes may be too rough on the wrap film degrading it, causing peeling and lifted edges. If an automated car wash uses water spray and no brushes it should be safe for most wraps.

What should I use for spot cleaning?

Use simple isopropyl alcohol (two parts of alcohol to one part water) to spot clean isolated stains. Rinse the cleaned area with cool water. Don’t use tyre dressing to spot clean as it may splash on the wrap and cause stains. Avoid wiping the wrap when it’s hot as this can distort the material and cause wrinkling.

Can I pressure wash my vehicle wrap?

If you want to pressure wash your vehicle wrap, keep the water pressure below 2000psi. Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern and keep the water temperature below 60 degrees Celsius. Try and keep the spray nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car edges.

How do I clean bird droppings insects tree SAP or other difficult stains?

Clean bird droppings and difficult stains as soon as you can. Letting them sit for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap. Soak the affected area for a few minutes with warm, soapy water to loosen any contaminants. Rinse completely with clean water and then dry with a microfibre cloth. For stubborn contaminants use a two parts isopropyl alcohol to one part water solution but do always test these solutions on an area of wrap that isn’t very visible, to ensure the cleaner will not harm the wrap. Do not use solvents or oil based cleaning products.

What should I do about gas or fuel spills?

Wipe off sweet fuel spills immediately then hand wash the affected area. Letting the spill stay on the wrap too long will degrade vinyl. A quick wipe with a wet paper towel at the gas station will clean the fuel affected area enough, until you can get home to do a more thorough job.

Can I park my vehicle outdoors for long periods?

Excessive amount of time under the sun or other outdoor elements (rain smog, debris, road pollutants from passing cars etc.) can degrade the wrap on the roof, trunk lid and hood. These horizontal areas are like a magnet for pollutants which are intensified by UV ray exposure. Try your best to park your car in a garage or under a canopy or shelter. If you must park it outside for prolonged periods look for shady parking areas.

My vehicle wrap is turning brown or rust coloured what should I do?

Wraps can turn brown due to prolonged exposure to acid from pollutants in the air. This is typically a result of neglect and failure to allow to follow the previously mentioned procedures. If you do notice brown discolored or rust colour areas on your wrap, it is best to remove the film from your vehicle to prevent a damage to the paint underneath it and reapply a fresh wrap. If this should occur it is quite often only necessary to replace the affected panel.

What product should I avoid when cleaning my wrap?

Never ever use any of the following cleaning products on your wrap:

  • solvents
  • oil-based cleaners
  • kitchen and bathroom cleaners
  • oven cleaner
  • orange oil
  • engine degreaser