Unless you don’t care about your wrap, you would want to always keep it clean and looking good. It is truly important to wash your wrapped car regularly, this will not only help it look good but also prolong the wrap’s life.
If you are driving around areas that are congested urban, or industrial areas, its even more important to pay attention to this!
UV damage, smog or pollutants increase in these areas, The durability of the film would deminish if the wrap is not well taken care of.
So how can we protect a wrapped car properly? There are several ways . But before you try any of them, lets dive a little deeper.
Can I use an Automated Brush Car wash ?
Automatic wash is not the best way for wrapped car to be cleaned, . Automated brush wash will lead to disaster, as there is a higher likeliness the brush might catch the edge of the film, leaving some damaging marks, or causing scratches, lifting of the wrap.
non contact car washes are acceptable but it is extremely important when using the gurney to maintain a distance of at lease 1 meter from the surface of the car.
Can I wax or polish my wrap ?
It is safe to skip the wax and polish option at the car wash, as most waxes contain petroleum distillate, which will damage the film.
For matte film, that will be absolutely a NO, because the wax will result in filling in the texture, and shiny spots will appear here and there on your car wrap.
using a spray detailer or a spray polish its important to note the petroleum content it will diminish the wrap life span.
CAN I HAND WASH MY CAR ?
The old fashion way is always the best way in this case:
Pre-rinse your vehicle before you do anything. This is to avoid scratches on the surface.
Use a sponge to wash with mild soapy water solution. It is recommended to do it from the top of your vehicle to the bottom.
Do not scrub if not necessary, or abrasion will occur.
When the washing is done, rinse the wrap thoroughly with clean water.
Let the film dry naturally (If you can’t wait, then grab a silicone squeegee to remove water in order to avoid spotting, then use a Chamois, micro-fiber towel or soft non-abrasive towel to finish drying.
Some tips for you:
Be careful when cleaning the edge to avoid lifting.
Do not use any detergent with abrasive components, strong solvents or alcohols.
Always test the detergent before using (in an inconspicuous spot of the wrap).
CAN I PRESSURE WASH MY CAR ?
This should be the last method you can come up with, when no other ways can work. Using pressure washer might result in negative effects occurring on your wrap, including edge-lifting and face degradation.
You have to be extremely careful and following these guidelines even if you still decide to use this method: