We all want our vehicles to look their best, but there’s no need to wax vinyl graphics. They’ll look great without polish. Adding a protective wax finish to paint may protect it from exposure, but it doesn’t help vinyl — it may even damage it. In this PDF, Caring For Your Vehicle Graphics and Wraps, 3M explains:

• Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
• Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
• If there is wax or waxy residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner.

If your vehicle is a partial wrap or has decals, you’ll want to wax the exposed painted surfaces, but be careful to keep the wax away from the graphics and remove any build up from the edges.

Two reasons to wrap a vehicle are to both protect the surface and to make it look its best. Both of these are accomplished without wax, so relax and enjoy your ride. Save the wax-on, wax-off routine for others. Do you enjoy reading FAQ’s? Check out a few of ours here.

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