HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR VEHICLE GRAPHICS & Decals
How to care for your vehicle graphics like you would any paint finish. Using high quality products designed specifically for car care, & these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your vehicle graphics looking their best.
The following practices will help maintain the life and quality of the vinyl film:
- Please wash applied vinyl graphics with a blend of clean water and a mild car wash or detergent being careful not to catch the corners of the vinyl when washing around any corners
- Test any cleaning solution on a small section of the vinyl graphic in a none noticeable spot before using.
- Always read all the warning labels on car care products for a proper understanding of the safety instructions.
- Once you’ve washed the vehicle with the soapy water blend, rinse it with clean water, and not a water blaster
- Either let the vehicle air dry or use a microfiber cloth.
Indications of vinyl failure can include and not limited to loss of gloss level, fading, embrittling, cracking, chipping, or peeling around graphic edges. The following practices will defiantly result in deterioration of the vinyl film:
- Do not allow fuels to stay in contact with the vinyl for extended periods of time. Clean all spills as soon as possible, use any water on hand.
- Do not use automated car washes, truck washes using caustic cleaners, or pressure washers to clean your vehicle at all!!!
- Do not apply carnauba-based wax over vinyl graphics as this can result in failure.
- Do not apply any type of wax or polish to matte or carbon fiber finished vinyls at all.
- Do not use under any circumstances a mechanical brush washing unit as this could result in damaging your vinyl.
- Wash whenever the car appears dirty once a week on average. Contaminants allowed to remain on the graphic may be more difficult to remove during cleaning.
- Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water from a spray bottle.
- See “Difficult Contaminants” below, for spot cleaning bird droppings, road tar, dead bugsetc.
- Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
Automated Car Washes
Brush-type car washes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dulling the film’s appearance. Brushless car washes are acceptable if absolutely necessary.
Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions:
- Please ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
- Keep the water temperature below 75 °C.
- Use a spay nozzle with a 40-degree wide angle spray pattern as this helps with a better coverage.
- Keep the nozzle at least 300 mm away from and perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to the graphic.
Important Note please read: Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to graphic may lift the edges of the film so please watch how you use it.