Now that you have spent your hard earned money on decals or a Car Graphic for your vehicle, taking care to ensure that the graphic is properly taken care of is important to the longevity of the product. There are a few things to consider if you intend on keeping your graphic in new condition. Here are a few great ideas to help you maintain your Car Graphic.
Always keep in mind that the decal is merely a vinyl sticker made out of a product that if not maintained properly has the potential to be ruined. Although paint is a more durable product, a graphic should be cared for in a similar manner as you would care for a new paint job.
Extreme weather conditions and road travel are always a concern for your vehicle. Freezing weather, acid rain, bugs hitting your car while driving at high speeds, road debris and extreme heat are all factors that can lead to the breaking down of this 4/1000 thick piece of plastic. Not to mention the harsh detergents that are commonly used when washing your vehicle. Keeping the graphic in great condition will require care on your part as the owner to ensure that products applied to the vehicle are vinyl safe. All products will contain specific product information on the label telling you what products are not safe to use on your graphic.
To ensure the best possible outcome for your car graphic make sure to use soft cloths and cleaners that are not abrasive so that the sticker does not become scratched during the cleaning process. If there comes the time when a high pressure washer is needed to remove dirt and scum from your vehicle, do NOT aim the air nozzle close or directly at the graphic. Remember this one rule of thumb, if it can hurt your paint or skin, it can hurt your decal as well.
If you intend on caring for your graphic over the time period that you own the vehicle, proper maintenance is crucial to the longevity of the product. Before purchasing cleaning products to use on your vehicle, be sure to pay close attention to the product ingredients listed on the label and refrain from using abrasive cloths or scrubbers to clean your car. Keeping these few tips in mind every time you wash your vehicle will help keep your Car Graphic looking brand new.