You are outside your house, admiring at the driveway your cool, fresh, brand-new, car wrap design. Suddenly, you freak out! You notice a nasty bird dropping right in the middle of your custom car wrap design.
Letting bird droppings or dead insects sit on your vehicle wrap for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap, but there is no need to panic! With proper care, they can be easily washed off. So, before you go inside for your bb gun and start shooting all the birds from your neighborhood, take a deep breath and read the following tips that will not only help you with your “crappy situation” but also can multiply the life of your wrap.
Regular car wrap cleaning and maintenance
To extend the life of the car wrap wash your car the old-fashioned way, by hand with a mild detergent and water. Washing your wrap regularly and keeping it away from potential pollutants will result in a longer-lasting, more vibrantly colorful wrap.
Hand washes once per week – or as soon you notice dirt starts collecting- with mild detergent and clean water using a soft microfiber sponge or cloth. Wash your car wrap just like a painted car.
The first step is to rinse the vehicle with clean water; this will help avoid scratching the graphics. Gently agitate a soapy mild detergent and water solution with a soft cloth or a synthetic or natural sponge, starting from the top of the vehicle and working down.
Which is the right cleanser?
According to Avery Dennison, the detergent should be free from abrasive components, have a pH balance between 3 and 11, and be free from strong solvents or alcohols.
If your car is not too dirty, you can use waterless washes to clean a wrap. These products can help maintain the gloss level and performance of the film. However, if the vehicle is way too dirty, it is recommended to wash by hand first then use the waterless wash for your final touches.
Back at the scenario from the beginning of the post, where you need to remove a nasty bird dropping that’s been there for a while… try to soften it by soaking for several minutes with hot, soapy water then rinse thoroughly.
If you spill gas or fuel on your wrap, wipe it off as soon as possible with a towel or paper towel at the gas station. Hand-wash the area thoroughly once able – if you let the spill stay on the wrap too long, it will damage the vinyl.
Bad for business
If your wrap is dried, cracking or fading – you aren’t taking care of it properly! Regular cleaning of a wrapped vehicle will not only help keep the wrap looking good for longer, but it is also going to provide a better advertisement for a business.
Remember your business car wrap design, is your corporate cover letter and keeping it looking good and fresh talks well with you and your company.
If your car wrap appears damage, is getting old or you are in need of a new one, call the experts in Colorado. Big Dog Wraps and Graphics is your source of high quality, creative and affordable vehicle wrap solutions.