Vehicle Wrap Maintenance

Initial Maintenance

In addition to regular washings, it’s also recommended that you simply keep an eye on the wrap, especially in the first few days and weeks.

Wrap maintenance starts with proper installation, but due to weather conditions or wrap installation obstacles on the vehicle, there may be some bubbles or lifting that occurs within the first week or so. This is the best time to catch these small problems before they become big issues. If you do experience any of these issues, please bring the vehicle by for a quick go-over.

Car Wash

Wash your vehicle using non-abrasive cleaner without strong solvents. Plenty of water should be used, washing the vehicle from the top down to wash any debris off the vehicle. Try to avoid brushes – whether in an automatic car wash or brushing by hand – as they can dull the finish of the laminate and can cause scratching. Brushes can also lift loose edges. Use a soft sponge or rag instead of a brush, and avoid excessive scrubbing. Take extra care on matte and textured finishes.

Power Washing

While the finish to the graphics does dull a little over the years, pressure washing can be used when hand washing isn’t an option. There are a few tips that you should keep in mind when pressure washing your vehicle:

  • Avoid excessive pressure that can cause damage to the graphics. Excessive pressure on damaged graphics can allow water to get underneath the graphic causing lifting and curling.
  • Do not direct the sprat at a sharp angle to the graphics
  • Avoid spraying directly onto wrap seams
  • Water pressure – maximum 200psi to 800psi
  • Water temperature – maximum 72 to 180 degrees
  • Spray nozzle spray pattern of 40 degrees
  • Minimum distance of nozzle to the graphics – 12 to 18 inches
  • Spray angle – 45 degrees, sweeping nozzle

Waxing & Polishing

We advise the use of Silicone or Teflon based waxes. Avoiding Carnauba based waxes. Carnauba based waxes are popular on vehicles without graphics because they can be buffed to a high shine. This buffing process needs to be rigorous though and can cause damage to the graphics.

Waxes are also heat sensitive and can melt in the sun. The greasy results attract dirt and can cause black streaks. Heat also releases the stain in the wax, which can stain the graphics. The Teflon or Silicone based polish used should be specifically designed for use on vehicle wraps.


Even if you are diligent about washing your vehicle regularly, gunk is bound to end up on your vehicle at some point. It’s important to remove the offending residue as soon as possible to avoid staining and other damage to your vehicle. Whatever type of cleaning you use, be sure to test it in an inconspicuous place first. For a gas spill, be sure to wash off the residue as soon as possible with soapy water.

An isopropyl alcohol wipe down followed by a cleaning with citrus based cleaner will help remove oil, tar, or asphalt that may build up on the graphics. Citrus based cleaners are also effective in removing waxy marks on the graphics. Check the manufacturer bulletin for the specific media you are using for additional chemical recommendations for cleaning.

Follow all chemical cleanings with a regular washing with water and a mild cleanser. Rinse with clean water and dry with a lint-free or microfiber cloth.

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