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Vinyl Care Tips

3M Vinyl Care Tips



Vinyl Wrap Washing

Hand Car Wash – When it’s time to clean your vinyl wrapped car, truck, SUV or motorcycle, Apex recommends hand washing with quality automotive cleaning products. You can treat your wrap like paint, but AVOID using compounds and swirl/scratch removers at all costs.

Waterless Car Wash – Apex also recommends using a product like a waterless wash to maintain your cars vinyl wrap between major washes.





Vinyl Wrapping and Microfiber

Apex highly recommends using microfiber towels when cleaning and drying your vinyl wrapped car, truck, or motorcycle to prevent scratches to the vinyl wrap. Keep an extra microfiber towel lying around for the unexpected shine up!

  • Fold each microfiber towels in half twice before use on the vinyl. This will give you 8 clean pads to carry out your cleaning operation on your wrap.
  • Spray the first microfiber towel with a waterless car wash to pre-wet, and then lightly spray the surface of the vehicle’s vinyl wrap to be cleaned. Clean only one section of the car, truck, or motorcycle at a time.
  • Wipe over the section of the vehicles vinyl wrapped surface with the microfiber towel pre-sprayed with the waterless car wash. Any motion circular or linear will work just fine.
  • Once you’ve applied the waterless car wash and gently covered the section of the vehicle simply grab a clean microfiber towel and gently buff off leaving a brilliant long lasting luster.





Vinyl Wrap Automated Car Washes

Brush-type car or truck washes are NOT recommended on a vinyl wrapped vehicle as they can scratch the film, cause edges to lift or chip, and dull the film’s appearance. Brushless car washes are acceptable for vinyl wrap.





Vinyl Wrap and Pressure Washing

Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method for vehicle wraps, pressure washing may be used only under these conditions.

  • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
  • Keep water temperature below 80°C (180°F).
  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40-degree wide angle spray pattern.
  • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the car.

Important Note! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.





Vinyl Wrapping & Difficult Contaminants

Often difficult contaminants on your vinyl wrap such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse your car, truck or motorcycle thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed on the vinyl wrap, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the wrap film: Meguiar’s Gold Class Bug and Tar Remover or 3M Citrus Base Cleaner. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (two parts IPA to 1 part water) or denatured alcohol may also help. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing, dirty or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue on your vinyl wrapped vehicle immediately.





Automotive Vinyl Wrap & Fuel Spills

If any fuel finds its way onto your car, truck, or motorcycle, wipe it off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl wrap and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry the vehicle as soon as possible.