Car/Truck Wrap Maintenance in Metairie
Creative Sign and Banner uses Oracal brand and 3M brand vinyl material for vehicle wraps.
Your vehicle wrap requires regular cleaning and maintenance. For longer-lasting and vibrant color. Car/Truck wraps aren’t meant to be installed and forgotten.
About cleaning vehicle wraps.
Brush car washes may be too rough on the film, degrading it and causing peeling and lifted edges. If a car wash uses water spray and no brushes, it should be safe for most wraps. You should hand wash your wrap once a week or more often if your vehicle is exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants. Use a gentle automotive detergent if necessary – any good brand will work. Always use a nice automotive sponge or clean, soft cloth to wash your wrap. Rinse with clear water after washing. Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
Clean bird droppings and difficult stains immediately. Letting them sit for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap. Do not use solvents or oil based cleaning products!
Wipe off fuel spills immediately, then hand wash the affected area. Letting the spill stay the wrap too long will degrade the vinyl. A quick wipe with a wet paper towel will clean the fuel affected area enough until you can get home.
Try your best to park your car in a garage or under a canopy or shelter. Excessive amounts of time under the sun or rain, smog, debris and road pollutants, can degrade the wrap on the roof, trunk lid and hood. If you must park it outside for prolonged periods, look for shady parking areas. Wrap turns brown due to prolonged exposure to acid from pollutants in the air.
* If you notice brown, discolored or rust colored areas on your wrap, it is best to remove the film from your vehicle. To prevent damage to the paint beneath it and reapply fresh wrap. Often times it is only necessary to replace the affected panel.
Products to avoid when cleaning a car/truck wrap
- Oil based cleaners
- Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaners
- Oven cleaner
- Orange Oil
- Engine Degreaser
*Never use any of those cleaning products on your wrap
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