Caring for Your Vehicle Graphics & Wraps
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 3M vehicle wraps looking their best.
Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the vehicle wrap 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 such as 3M™ Car Wash Soap 39000 or Meguiar's NXT Generation® Car Wash or Deep Crystal® Car Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use slicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
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.
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 graphic.
Important Note! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the 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 or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.
Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
Use if there is wax or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner.