How to Care for Vinyl Vehicle Graphics

Vehicle graphics have become an important part of advertising and branding. The condition of the graphics and, how they look to potential customers, says a lot about a company or non-profit. Vinyls and adhesives have come a long way in the last few years, but the following precautions (pdf) from one of our graphics providers, 3M, should be taken to protect your investment. Here are a few tips on how to care for vinyl vehicle graphics.  

 4 Steps

Do not wash your vehicle in an automated brush vehicle wash. The brushes may peal the edges, scratch the surface, or otherwise damage the graphics.

Do wash regularly as contaminates including acidic residue in larger metropolitan areas, salt, and chemicals used to clear roads may damage the material.

It’s OK to use a pressure wash but it should be below 2000 PSI, and under 180F. Never hold the nozzle at an angle to the decal where it may loosen the edges, and always spray at a 90-degree angle.

Remove hard to clean matter  such as tree sap or bird droppings by soaking the area in warm soapy water. Never use abrasive cleaners or rags on the area. If the stain is difficult to remove, try either isopropyl alcohol or a citrus-based cleaner.

Always clean fuel spills immediately as they can damage vinyl or adhesives.

Why You Need to Know How to Care for Vinyl Vehicle Graphics

Vinyl graphics are an investment in the company. They advertise and help brand the company, but keep in mind, the condition of your graphics ALSO reflects on your company. With a small amount of care and preventive maintenance, quality vinyl vehicle graphics will stay fresh for years to come. It’s important to know how to care for vinyl vehicle graphics.  If we can help in any way or answer any questions do not hesitate to Contact Us.