Dos and don’ts of washing a wrapped car
5-step guide to washing a wrapped car
Gather Your Supplies – Collect everything you’ll need to wash your wrapped car. This includes a bucket, automotive soap or detergent, a soft sponge or microfiber wash mitt, and a hose with a sprayer. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive tools.
Rinse the Car – Start by rinsing the car with cool or lukewarm water to remove any loose dirt or debris. This is an important step to avoid scratching the wrap when you wash it. If you’re using a hose, make sure it’s on a gentle setting to avoid high pressure that could damage the wrap.
Hand Wash – Fill your bucket with water and add the recommended amount of automotive soap. Use the sponge or wash mitt to gently wash the car. Start at the top and work your way down, washing one section at a time. Be gentle around the edges and seams of the wrap to avoid lifting or damaging it.
Rinse and Repeat – After you’ve washed a section, rinse it thoroughly to remove all soap. If the car is very dirty, you might need to wash and rinse each section more than once. Continue this process until you’ve washed the entire car.
Dry Thoroughly – Once the car is clean, it’s important to dry it thoroughly. Use a soft, clean towel or a silicone squeegee to gently remove water. Make sure to dry around the edges and seams of the wrap to prevent water from getting underneath it.
Can I take my wrapped car through a car wash?
While it’s possible, it’s generally not recommended. Automatic car washes, especially those with brushes, can potentially damage the wrap. High-pressure washes could cause the wrap’s edges to lift.
Can I use regular car soap to wash my wrapped car?
Yes, you can use regular car soap, but it should be a mild one. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as they can scratch or damage the wrap.
Can I wax my wrapped car?
No, it’s not recommended to wax a wrapped car. Wax can build up along the edges and seams of the wrap and cause discoloration or damage.
Do I need to use a special kind of cloth or sponge to wash my wrapped car?
Use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth to wash your wrapped car. Microfiber cloths or wash mitts are a good choice because they’re soft and won’t scratch the wrap.
Can I pressure wash my wrapped car?
It’s not recommended to pressure wash a wrapped car. High pressure can cause the wrap to lift at the edges. If you do choose to use a pressure washer, keep it at a low setting and hold the nozzle at least a foot away from the car.
What should I do if a stain doesn’t come off?
If a stain doesn’t come off with regular washing, it’s best to contact a professional. They can advise you on the best way to remove the stain without damaging the wrap.