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Care for your vehicle graphics like you would any fine paint finish. Using high quality products designed specifically for car care and these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your vehicle graphics and wraps looking their best.

What’s the best way to wash my graphics / wrap?

Wash regularly whenever the vehicle appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the graphic may be more difficult to remove during cleaning. Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water. Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfibre cloth.

Automated car washes with brushes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dulling the film’s appearance. Brushless car washes are acceptable.

Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used 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 300 mm (1 foot) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic. Beware! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.

Can I polish my wrap?

Most standard graphic films and overlaminates can be polished or waxed with a high quality car wax. Before use, test and approve in an inconspicuous area. Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds. For the carbon fibre and brushed metal films in 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080, a polishing product may be used. 3M do not recommend any polishing or wax product for the matt or textured films.

How can I clean difficult contaminants?

Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the graphics: 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 or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.

Can wrapping films be removed?

Vehicle wrap films are designed to be removed without causing damage to the original paintwork. There may be adhesive residue left behind, which can be cleaned with an adhesive remover if required.