Over time, there will be instances where you find that small areas of your graphics will require attention. While Picture This Wraps and Graphics uses the best materials and provides top-notch installation, it’s important that you properly care for your wrap to ensure a long life by using the tips on this page.
- Regularly spray off any horizontal graphics such as hoods, roofs, & bed covers in order to remove dirt particles and debris that will be baked on by the sun.
- Avoid parking under trees for long or regular periods of time. Sap from trees can cause irreparable damage.
Please note that any vinyl applied to the windows is only warranted by the manufacturer for one year. The reality is that it will hold up and look great for many years under normal conditions but it is only warranted for one year.
- Avoid using the rear windshield wiper and only use it when absolutely necessary as it will scratch the laminate over time and reduce visibility. It is best to clean any grime and sediment off your rear window with a wet squeegee to avoid scratching.
- Avoid using your rear defroster and use only it when absolutely necessary as it can potentially reduce the lifespan of the see-through perforated window film.
- Avoid rolling the rear side windows up and down frequently to avoid scratching the applied graphics.
Remember that these are simple guidelines for extending the life of your window graphics, but common sense should prevail in a matter of safety, to ensure maximum visibility at all times.
Washing the Vehicle Yourself:
- Never use a pressure washer on your wrap. Evidence of pressure-washing will null and void your limited warranty. Under no circumstances should a turbo pressure nozzle be used when pressure washing applied vinyl graphics.
- Wash applied vinyl graphics with a blend of mild dish detergent and clean water. It is always best to test any cleaning solution on a small, well-hidden section of the vinyl graphic before applying to highly visible areas. Use a sponge or rag to lather and clean the panels. Once you’ve washed the vehicle with a soapy water blend, rinse with clean water.
- Be extra gentle with window graphics, especially perforated vinyl film.
- Be especially cautious with areas around the door, like handles moldings, mirrors, and glass.
- Never put the hose nozzle directly on your wrap or against a seam – the vinyl could rip or tear.
- Never take your vehicle through an automatic car wash with bristles. The bristles can damage your vinyl wrap, which could lead to costly repairs.
- Avoid “touchless” car washes. If a spray car wash is the only option, we recommend the use of one where the operator can control the pressure of the spray hitting the vehicle.
- After washing, either let the vehicle air dry or dry it off with a microfiber cloth.
- Wax the vehicle once every three months to add protection to the wrap. Waxing will also help the removal process, allowing the vinyl to come off leaving little to no adhesive residue.
- Always hand-wax the vehicle, never use a buffer. If possible, use a premium brand of wax that is safe for use with vinyl.
- Wax any perforated window vinyl that is part of the wrap. This will add to the longevity of the vinyl. Never use a high-pressure sprayer on perforated window vinyl.