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Car Wraps Benefits And Care tips
Here are some benefits to having your car covered with the protective wraps.
Benefits of wrapping:
- Vinyl Car Wrapping protects your paint & is 100% removable
- Adds value to your car. When you remove it, your paint is in the same condition as on the day it was wrapped.
- You can restore it to its original color by removing the wrap
- Costs more than 50% less then to re-spray
- Many of the styles can’t be produced by paint
- Vinyl car wraps wear as well as, or better then paint when properly cared for. Think of it as a cellphone cover, the cover takes the beating while protecting whats underneath the skin.
- Vinyl Car wraps come in many colors and can have a matte, semi-gloss, gloss, brushed steel, carbon fibre, matte metallic, chrome and even leather-like finishes.
- Expensive, color matching paint fees are a thing of the past, just re-wrap the section that needs repair.
- It’s difficult to tell it’s not paint
- You don’t have to wrap an entire car, just the bonnet or roof, mirrors etc
- Matte paint jobs can be brittle & can chip easily, while vinyls are more durable & harder to scratch.
- It hides light scratches, small chips & “freshens” the look of your car.
How Long Does It Take To Wrap My Car:
It takes 2-3 Days depending on the size or difficulty of the wrapping. We include a 12 hour “Rest period” to allow the film to fully adhere to the vehicle.
Is a wrap permanent?
No, the vinyl films we use have a non-permanent adhesive that makes the wrap removable. A wrap typically lasts for 3-7 years depending on the style of material used, conditions in which the car is driven, where it is stored, the amount and strength of sun it gets etc.. It is recommended that a wrap not be left on for more than 7 years.
- Taking care of a vinyl wrap is different to taking care of normal paint.
- Clean the vehicle every two weeks. This will prolong the life of your wrap.
- Automated brush wash is not recommended as the brushes may scratch the vinyl surface, catch and lift the edges of the vinyl wrap, reduce the gloss finish and/or create a failure point.
- Keep the wrap free from stains such as dirt, grime & contaminants.
- Also Petrol, Diesel or other fuels. Wipe off immediately
- Any and All detergents/chemicals should be 100% free from abrasive components, strong solvents and alcohols
- Never use aromatic solvents such as Acetone, M.E.K, toluene, paint or lacquer thinners.
- Any and all detergents should have a PH balance between 5-9
- Wax is not recommended for Matte or Textured films, make sure any wax used does not contain petroleum distillates or abrasive components
- Never scrub or use rough abrasive tools, this will scratch the film.
- Always test first (See Test First Section Below)
Hand Washing (Preferred Method)
When hand washing, the first step is to pre-rinse the vehicle with clean water, thus avoiding scratching the surface.
Gently wash with a mild soapy water solution and a sponge, start at the top of the vehicle and work down. Avoid abrading the film surface with unnecessary scrubbing.
Rinse the wrap thoroughly with clean water when finished. Allow the wrap to dry naturally or to avoid water spotting immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and then finish drying with a Chamois, micro-fiber towel or soft non-abrasive towel.
Although hand washing is preferred, a pressure wash can be used under these conditions;
- Ensure the water pressure is kept below 8MPa (1200 PSI)
- Keep water temperature below 80 C
- Keep the nozzle at least 30cm away
NOTE: Pressure washing could have negative effects on the vehicle wrap including, but not limited to edge-lifting & face degradation.
- A great option and preferred as long as the vehicle isn’t too dirty.
- These products can help maintain the gloss level and performance of the film.
- Using a spray wax to care for the Wrap Film is great for protecting the vinyl wrap from being damaged by environmental pollutants or seasonal airborne pollutants.
- Remove any residue wax with an all-purpose cleaner that meets the above mentioned criteria
Spot Cleaning & Difficult Stains
Spot cleaning of surface contaminants like bugs, bird droppings, tree sap & tar is required immediately after it appears as it can stain and/or damage the PVC film.
You can soften surface contaminants by soaking then in hot soapy water for several minutes or spot clean with Isopropyl Alcohol & a clean non abrasive rag.
Moisten a clean non-abrasive rag with a cleaner such as Isopropyl Alcohol & wipe down affected area. After cleaning , immediately use water to rinse the area thoroughly.
*** Isopropyl alcohol is often sold as rubbing alcohol (Check Main ingredients) and is readily available from some of the larger pharmacies locally
The matte and satin products may show fingerprints, however they can be cleaned by saturating a clean, lint free towel with a 2:1 mixture of Isopropyl Alcohol and then wipe the film dry.
Always Test First
- It is crucial to remember that chemicals can damage a wrap and even paint.
- Always test a solvent in an inconspicuous area prior to cleaning the wrap
- Always rinse the surface with clean water following the use of any cleaning agent/detergent or wax
- Protect the wrap from UV. Always park the vehicle in shade, a garage or under cover whenever possible.
- At night, store the vehicle in a garage to avoid dew or rain which may contain acidic pollutants. When a garage is not available, consider using a clothe car cover at night.
- At high elevations such as mountain areas, the UV damage is increased versus exposure at sea level. Because the air is thinner and there is less UV filtering, damage increases significantly.
- In congested urban or industrial areas, increased smog, pollutants and particulates in the atmosphere will cause reduced durability on the horizontal areas of the wrap. The horizontal areas trap the chemicals on the surface of the material and the increased UV exposure results in shorter durability.
- Vinyl films are not designed to be permanently submerged in water, fresh or salt. It is recommended that water craft graphics are cleaned with fresh water after each use.
- On occasion environmental pollutants or dirt may cause water mark stains that do not remove using standard detergents and water
- Seasonal air pollutants vary per geographical area and vinyl graphics can be exposed to air pollutants caused by industrial areas as well.