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Caring for Your Vehicle Vinyl Wrap

Care for your vehicle vinyl wrap 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 3M vehicle wrap looking it’s best.

Wash regularly
  • Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the film surface 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.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
Automated car washes

Brush-type car washes 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.

Pressure washing

Pressure washing is not recommended.

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. Do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film.

Fuel spills

Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry as soon as possible.

Polish and wax

Most standard graphic films and overlaminates can be polished or waxed with a high quality car wax. For the carbon fiber and brushed metal films in Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080, a polishing product such as 3M™ Tire Restorer or Meguiars® Natural Shine Protectant may be used. We do not recommend any polishing or wax product for the matte or textured films.

Store indoors or under cover whenever possible

Vinyl graphics (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces such as hood, trunk lid and roof. Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day.