One of the most asked questions about wraps is can you wash vinyl wrapped cars and how to take care of a vinyl wrapped car. To help you determine if a wrap is worth it let’s look at their cleaning needs and how to keep your vinyl wrapped car looking as fresh as the day the wrap was put on.
Good news – you can wash vinyl wrapped cars. Not only is washing wrapped vehicles okay, but it’s also one of the best ways to keep your wrap looking great for years instead of months. However, how to wash a vinyl wrap car does take a little extra care and different products. Let’s learn the best step-by-step method on how to take care of a vinyl wrapped car.
The Artworks recommends hand washing over automated car washes. However, according to vinyl wrap magnate 3M, vinyl wraps can generally be run through both a touchless car wash and a car wash that uses brushes (though this is not ideal).
Most vinyl wrap manufacturers and installers recommend you stay away from automatic car washes and only wash your wrap by hand. In short, an automatic car wash every now and then probably won’t hurt but don’t make a habit of it. If you must run your wrapped vehicle through an automated wash, try to choose a touchless wash and never choose any protectants or wash cycles with finishing products. The pressure and angle at which automatic car washes spray can be unpredictable and lead to premature failure of the graphics.
Taking Care of Your Vinyl Wrapped Car
Vinyl wraps look great, are 100% customizable, and while they do take a little extra care, the exposure it gives your business or service is well worth it. Call your wrap installer, purchase the appropriate cleaning agents, and wash your wrap frequently to keep it looking great. When your wrap looks bright and clean, your business will benefit.