Today’s post runs down some best practices for commercial wrap and graphic maintenance to help you get more out of your investment and avoid some common and costly beginner mistakes.
It’s a good idea to wash your vehicle commercial wraps and graphics whenever they appear dirty. The longer you leave any potential contaminants–dirt, grit, salt, bird droppings, tar, you name it–on your vehicle, the tougher they’ll be to remove during cleaning.
For safe cleaning, start by rinsing off as much of the contaminant as possible using a spray of water. Next, wash the entire vehicle or problem areas using a soft, clean cloth or sponge and a mix of water and non-abrasive detergent. There are plenty of quality detergents on the market that our team can recommend. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, then dry immediately using a silicone squeegee and clean microfiber cloth to reduce water spotting.
When dealing with difficult contaminants, such as caked-on bug splatter or tree sap, we recommend softening them before your cleaning attempt. This is done by soaking each area in hot, soapy water for several minutes. If the aforementioned cleaning method was unsuccessful even after “softening,” 3M recommends the following products:
Use any of these products to spot clean difficult contaminants, but as always, avoid rough scrubbing or the use of abrasive tools.
We all want our company vehicles to look their best, but polishing or waxing wrapped vehicles is not recommended. Though some waxes claim to be wrap-friendly, the vast majority of paste waxes contain petroleum distillates or abrasive components that can harm commercial wraps and graphics.
You may apply wax on exposed paint around your vehicle graphics, but be careful to keep it away from the graphics themselves. If any wax builds up around the edges of your graphics, remove it by carefully washing using soap, water, and a nonabrasive cloth. Go easy–too much elbow grease here could cause the edges of your graphics to lift.
Hand washing is the preferred cleaning method for commercial wraps and graphics, but pressure washing may be used with the following guidelines:
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Sam Palm (Palmtree)
Irvin and Deborah Herling