Vehicle Graphics Maintenance Guide
Care for your vehicle graphics like you would any fine paint finish. Using high quality products designed specifically for car care and these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your vehicle wraps looking their best.
- Wash regularly
- Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the vehicle wrap may be more difficult to remove during cleaning.
- Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
- See item 4, Difficult contaminants, for spot cleaning bird droppings, tar, etc.
- Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as 3M™ Car Wash Soap 39000 or Meguiar's NXT Generation® Car Wash or Deep Crystal® Car Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Automated car washes
- Pressure washing
- Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
- Keep water temperature below 80°C (180°F).
- Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
- Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.
Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.
- Difficult contaminants
- Fuel spills
- Store indoors or under cover whenever possible
Wrap films (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces such as hood, trunk lid and roof. Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day. At night, protect the car from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants (a common problem in many large metropolitan areas). When a garage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night. If your wrap film starts to discolor or turn brown (which is caused by acidic pollution), immediately have a professional remove the wrap film from the vehicle to avoid staining the underlying paint.
- Film restoration
- Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
- Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
- Use if there is wax or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Table 1 shows some available products to help restore your vehicle wrap. Before using, always test and approve in an inconspicuous area.
TABLE 1 – Restoration Alternatives
|Film or Finish Type||Product or Solution|
|Smooth Gloss Texture||3M™ Perfect-it™ Show Car Paste Wax 39526
Meguiar's Gold Class™ Carnuaba Plus Premium Liquid Wax
|Matte or Satin Texture||Isopropyl alcohol and water (ratio 2:1)|
|Matte White (1080-M10)
Carbon Fiber White (1080-CF10)
|Based on type/degree of contamination, use one or more of these solutions, in the order shown, to remove any build-up:
|Carbon Fiber or Brushed Metal Texture||3M™ Tire Restorer or Meguiar's Natural Shine Protectant|
|Carbon Fiber Black (1080-CF12)||Meguiar's Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer|