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Caring For Your Vehicle Wrap

By | Vehicle Wrap

At SGS we’re big believers in vehicle graphics because they help you Get Noticed. After all, potential customers can see you’re out and about (plus you’ll look really cool and professional with the branding). We want your graphics to last so you get more mileage out of them. So here is a quick guide to caring for your vehicle wrap.

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Make sure your car hasn’t been waxed recently. You might think having the car detailed on the outside creates a blank surface for graphics but instead it makes for a shield. Wax creates a barrier and the adhesive of graphics cannot form a bond on the surface.

As much fun as those drive thru car washes are with the multicolor foams are – they’re pretty hard on graphics. The high pressure water sprays, the spinning brushes, and the high speed dryers can weaken the adhesive of the graphics and cause it to lift off of your car.

Instead, handwashing with a mild soap is ideal. This is more gentle on the vinyl and doesn’t erode the lamination. The lamination is the layer that protects your the ink on your graphics and is a UV layer to prevent sun bleaching.

If you can, park the vehicle in a covered space. No garage? No worries. Just be sure to regularly clean off any dirt or mud. This is especially important in the winter months with de-icer treatments on the road – they’re quite corrosive.

Need some graphics for your ride? Contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for your free quote today. Call us at 360-635-5556 or click the button below to send us a message.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

How To Care For Your Vehicle Graphics

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If you’re thinking about investing in fleet graphics or even a full wrap on your car, truck or van you’re probably wondering what it takes to maintain and care for them.  Wonder no more – here’s a handy list of what to do and what to avoid to help you care for vinyl vehicle graphics and keep them looking great!

DO

 The right care will keep your graphics looking nice so you get noticed.

The right care will keep your graphics looking nice so you get noticed.

  • Hand wash your car/truck/van whenever possible.  Use a blend of mild (non-abrasive) car wash detergent and clean water

  • Test any cleaning solution on a small section of the vinyl graphic before using on the entire vehicle

  • Thoroughly rinse away soapy water with clean water to avoid build up of detergents / contaminants

  • Let the vehicle air dry or dry off with a microfiber cloth

  • Use only a brushless automatic car wash if you are not able to hand wash your vehicle

  • Soften difficult contaminants like bug splatter, bird droppings and tree sap by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. If needed, a blend of two parts isopropyl alcohol to one part water may also help.  Spot clean the contaminants but do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools which will scratch the graphics.  Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.

  • Remember – just like paint your vehicle graphics will degrade with prolonged exposure to sun and contaminants in the atmosphere.  You want to show off your graphics, but when you’re not out there getting noticed it’s best to park your vehicle indoors or in a shady area.

  • In rare cases, acidic pollution can cause the vinyl to discolor / turn brown.  If this occurs, bring your vehicle in to SGS right away so we can remove the vinyl and help avoid staining of the underlying paint.

DO NOT

  • Allow fuels to stay in contact with the vinyl for extended periods of time.  Clean all spills as soon as possible.
  • Use mechanical brush washing.  Brushes can cause vinyl graphics to chip or peel around the edges or scratch the surface.  They can also cause the graphic to fade and dull the appearance of the laminate.
  • Use wax on your vehicle graphics if possible.  Many waxes require heavy buffing which can scratch your graphics.  And wax can melt at high temperatures and cause dirt to stick to the vinyl and/or create greasy-looking stains.
  • Pressure wash your car/truck/van unless you have no other practical option.  If you do need to pressure wash, stay below 2000psi, keep water temperature below 80 degrees, use a 40+ degree wide angle spray pattern, keep the nozzle at least 12 inches from the graphic and NEVER use a turbo nozzle!

Any other questions? Contact the team at SGS!  We’ll be happy to talk to you about keeping your ride looking fresh. You can reach us at 360-635-5556 or at hello@sgsgraphic.com.  Better yet – bring your car, truck or van and come visit us in person! 

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