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How To Keep Your Vehicle Graphics In Shape: Top-6 Maintenance Mistakes

Mar 15,2022

How to Keep Your Vehicle Graphics in Shape: Top-6 Maintenance Mistakes

Vehicle graphics might be one of the best advertising investments you can make. They’re inexpensive; they get thousands of views every day; and as long as you don’t make the following 6 maintenance mistakes, you can expect them to keep performing for 5 to 7 years!

Call (410)-877-6011 to speak with a member of our team right away, or read on to learn how to keep your vehicle graphics looking great for longer.

Top-6 Vehicle Graphics Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

  1. Leaving contaminants on your vehicle graphics. The longer you leave grime, grit sap, salt, and tar to dry only our vehicle graphics, the harder you’ll have to work to remove these contaminants on cleaning day. To keep your vehicle graphics looking their best for longer, make time for a quick cleaning whenever you notice them getting dirty. A simple rinse and wipedown is often all it takes!
  2. Taking your vehicle through brush car washes. Not all brush car washes pose the same risks, but some of the more abrasive cycles will scratch or even lift the edges of your vehicle graphics. To be on the safe side, we recommend sticking to touchless car washes whenever you opt for automation.
  3. Pressure washing your vehicle graphics. Hand washing is always the preferred method, as improper use of pressure washers is likely to cause damage or lifting. If you must use a pressure washer, as is the case in some fleet maintenance applications, keep the temperature below 180 °F (80 °C), keep the water pressure under 2000 psi, keep the stream held perpendicular to the vehicle graphic, and hold the nozzle at least 12” away at all times.
  4. Using wax on your vehicle graphics. It may seem like a good idea to wax up your vehicle graphics to keep it looking fresh and shiny, but waxing can cause edges to lift. What’s more, certain products containing petroleum distillates can be particularly harmful to vehicle graphics, so it’s best to steer clear.
  5. Using abrasive cleaning tools or techniques. Leave the scrub-brushes and elbow grease out of your vehicle graphics maintenance plan. Stick to gentle hand-washing with a wet, non-abrasive detergent and soft, clean cloth or sponge.
  6. Failing to wipe away gasoline spills. One of the most common causes of damage to vehicle graphics is fuel spills. Fuel rapidly degrades the vinyl and vehicle graphics’ adhesive, so stay vigilant! It’s not uncommon to spill a few drops at the pumps, and when that happens, you need to wipe your vehicle graphics down immediately.

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