Caring For Your Car Wrap

Posted by Patrick Patterson on

Treat your car wrap like an investment


So you decided to knuckle down and pay to get your car wrapped.  Whether it was for your business or just to give your car a new look, your car wrap should be looked at like an investment.  What do people usually do with their investments? They try to protect them and look after them. Your car wrap should be no different.  You spent the money, you want to be sure you do your part to ensure your car lasts as long as it can.


What is a car wrap?


Wrap on truckIf you don’t know what a car wrap is, it is essentially a large sticker that is placed on your vehicle.  The design for the wrap is printed on 3M vinyl. A vehicle must be washed and cleaned thoroughly to make sure there is no debris.  We wash the vehicle first to protect the paint under the wrap and to make sure there is no dirt under the wrap. The car wrap can be used to market your business or event, or it can be used just to change the color and look of your car completely.  A design is not required on a wrap. There are high gloss and matte vinyl that can be used. This has become a popular alternative to completely repainting a vehicle especially on higher end vehicles when someone wants to preserve the original color.  Car wraps are awesome.


How to care for your car wrap


There are many factors that can affect your wrap.  With some precautions and care, you can avoid any damage to your new car wrap.  Some things that can affect your wrap are:


  • Sap, bird droppings, bugs and tar: If you happen to get any of these on your wrap, it is advised that you soak the spots in hot water for a few moments before you wash your vehicle.

  • Weather (especially the sun): If you live in an area where the sun is a strong weather factor, it would be great if you could keep your car covered.  This is good practice even if you don’t have a wrap. The sun can really do damage by fading the graphics and colors and also damaging the vinyl.

  • Car wash facilities: A vehicle with a car wrap can be washed at a car wash facility, but a touchless wash is best as the brushes at car washes can also damage your graphics by scratching or dulling the colors.

  • Fuel spill from gas cap: Wipe or clean the area if any fuel has spilled onto your wrap after you filled up your vehicle.  The gas can really eat at the graphics and vinyl.

How often should I wash my car wrap?


Car wraps are greatJust like a vehicle without a car wrap, wash it whenever it appears dirty.  A hand wash is the best method for washing your vehicle with a car wrap. Make sure to rinse your vehicle before proceeding to wash it.  You want to ensure you get as much dirt and grime off the vehicle before you start scrubbing. When washing your vehicle, be delicate. Do not use any abrasive sponges as this will damage the vinyl.  Make sure you rinse your vehicle as soon as you are done washing it. Try to avoid water spotting by using a silicone squeegee to remove any excess water. If you can dry your vehicle with a microfiber cloth or towel, that would really help as well.  There is some care that is needed, but in the long run it will be worth it.


Need a car wrap?  Patterson Print Shops will wrap it for you


Patterson Print ShopsOur team at Patterson Print Shops has years of experience when it comes to car wraps.  We have wrapped everything. Cars, buses, trailers, trucks and even windows. The great thing about wraps, is that they can be applied to pretty much anything.  Most of our customers have us wrap their trucks so that they can display their company info and market themselves as they drive around. Car wraps are an amazing way to get your name out there.  They are eye catching and very effective. With proper care, a car wrap can last you a very long time. If you ever want to change your design, the old wrap can be removed and a new one can be slapped on.  Get your name out there and start drawing in new business with a vibrant car wrap by Patterson Print Shops. If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you.


Want to market yourself with a vehicle magnet instead?  We make those too.  Contact us now for more information.


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