Tips to Make Your Commercial Car Wrap Last

Commercial car wraps are a fast and effective way to make a lasting impression for your business whatever its size. To make your vehicle’s impression last as long as possible, provide proper care and maintenance to your car’s wrap. Your custom vehicle wrap can last anywhere from 5 to 7 years with proper maintenance. Taking good care of your wrap will maximize its useful lifetime. If you are looking for car wraps in Richmond, our professional team can install your wrap and instruct you on how to maintain it properly.

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Care and Maintenance of Your Vinyl Vehicle Wrap

To take care of your wrapped vehicle, clean the exterior regularly. Just like with a painted finish, dirt left on the vehicle will degrade the coating over time so regular cleaning is essential. Inspect your vehicle frequently for particularly damaging grime such as bird droppings or tree sap. 3M advises that you protect your vehicle’s wrap by storing it indoors or under cover to avoid sun and other environmental damage. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Some cleansers contain ingredients that can damage your commercial vehicle wrap’s finish. Don’t use cleansers containing harsh chemicals on your wrap and always rinse your vehicle with lots of water after washing. In particular, don’t expose your car’s wrap to cleansers that are oil based or contain acetones, citrus, thinners, M.E.K., or toluene. Never use brushes or cleansers containing abrasives on your car’s vinyl wrap. Avery Dennison’s Graphics Solutions further recommends that you always spot check any cleanser in an inconspicuous spot before using it on your entire vehicle.

Waxes too can contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage or stains.  Avoid petroleum based waxes, waxes with abrasives, or colored waxes.

Apply a Gentle Touch

You may wash your vehicle using a touch less car wash, by hand, or with a power washer. However, if you do use a power washer you should keep the power and temperature settings low. This article at Sign Digital Graphics offers some great tips for power washing truck fleets. Whatever method of washing you use, care should be taken not to snag the edges or angles of your vehicle’s wrap. Any peeling, snag, or tear should be repaired right away. Otherwise, the force of wind pressure will rip the tear even further the next time you drive your vehicle.

Matte and Textured Vehicle Wrap Care

If your vehicle’s commercial wrap is textured or has a matte finish, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. Waxes may adhere to a matte or textured finish unevenly and alter its appearance. For a textured wrap, you need to not only avoid waxes and polishes but also cleaning agents that include these ingredients as an additive. Scratches and swirls on a matte finish are difficult to repair or remove, so always use premium microfiber cloths. When selecting a detergent or finishing product, use one made by 3M or other manufacturers designed specifically for the care of matte finishes.

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If your vehicle is already wrapped, or you are thinking of joining the trend, these tips will help you get the most from your investment. We look forward to helping you too!

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Why use car wraps instead of paint for your car?

This has been the big question of late and many people are still up in the air about which way to go. There are many things to take into consideration when you want to change the look of your vehicle.

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  • Leased vehicles – Of course you can’t paint your leased vehicle but there are many advantages to wrapping one:
    • You can change it to any color or style you may want while you are leasing the vehicle so even if you don’t own the car, you can add your style.
    • You can protect the vehicle from any stone chips, scratches or abrasions that may occur and cost you money when you trade in the vehicle.
  • Resale value – Your resale value of your car will be greater with the original paint on your car. You can also protect your car from sun damage if you live in an area where that can be a problem. There is nothing more impressive to a perspective buyer if they see your car paint job looking spotless because you had protected it with a car wrap while you owned it.
  • Cost – If you are considering changing the color of your car, a professional paint job can cost anywhere from $7,000+ to get a professional quality job. You can get a vinyl wrap on your car professionally for anywhere from $2000+! What a great savings and you can choose whatever color and style you wish.
  • Installation time – If you get a professional paint job, you may have to find alternate transportation for up to two weeks while they paint your car but if you get professional car wraps, all you need is about 2-5 days and you will have your car back.
  • Countless options – Vinyl wraps can come in so many different designs that you can make your car unique and you can be driving around in a one-of-a-kind vehicle that no one else will have. You can show off your originality and style with the wrap of your choice. Another great option with a wrap is that you can change your style any time you wish. You can change your color or style every year if you want! Many times, it’s very hard to tell the difference between a wrapped car and a painted car.
  • Easy maintenance – With a car that is wrapped there is never a need for any waxing at all. The least you may have to do is use some soap and water with a microfiber rag and keep your car spotless!

It seems like the easy decision would be to use the countless varieties of wraps they have available for cars that will allow you to bring out your style and protect your vehicle at the same time. Vancouver car wraps is a great place to help you bring out your style and protect your investment for the future.