We’ve shared 4 Steps to Protect Your Vehicle Graphics in the Winter. We’ve offered our advice on How to Care for Your New Vinyl Vehicle Graphics, and How to Care for Vehicle Graphics in general. With all that, do we really need one more post about how to care for your vinyl vehicle graphics? Yes, we do, and if for no other reason to drive one major maintenance point home. A clean vinyl graphic looks better and lasts longer. So, here are Summer vehicle graphic maintenance.
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- Keep it clean. There is nothing you can do that is more important than keeping your vehicle clean especially in the summer. The buildup of dirt, grime, chemicals, and pollutants negatively affect paint and vinyl adhesive graphics. It’s recommended the vehicle be washed every two weeks. Avoid car washes with brushes. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or cloths. Cleaning the vehicle with warm, soapy, water using a soft rag or sponge is the best.
- Keep it out of the sun. Ultraviolet rays can and will damage vinyl graphics. It varies by color, climate, and material. Regardless, it’s best to park vehicles with vinyl graphics in the shade just as it is for paint.
- Use an approved wax. Petroleum based waxes, and waxes that contain abrasives, can damage vinyl graphics. Use an approved wax and as a bonus many contain UV inhibitors to protect the graphic from the sun.
What’s the bottom line?
Keeping your vehicle clean will do more to protect adhesive vinyl graphics than anything else you can do. A clean vehicle not only looks better, but it can extend the life of vinyl graphics and keep them looking better longer. Dense urban areas are full of contaminants that adversely affect vinyl graphics. Regions with warmer climates and higher altitudes are more susceptible to ultraviolet damage, and salt water areas offer their own challenges. The key to all of the above is…keep it clean. If you’d like to learn more, Avery Denison offers this, Summer Wrap Maintenance. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We always warm up to any conversation about summer maintenance.