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Help your Vehicle Wrap go the Extra Mile with our Top Care and Maintenance Tips

Transform the appearance of your vehicle without the need for an expensive and permanent re-paint.

We are specialists in full or partial vehicle wraps and graphics. Give your fleet vehicles a touch of professionalism and branding for your business. IU Signage delivers world-class vehicle wrap services nationwide. An attractive and cost-effective signage solution for businesses of all types, vehicle wraps can last a long time with some care and maintenance. Aftercare is just as important as investing in a quality wrap.

If you have decided to invest in signwriting for your vehicle, here are some care tips to help prolong the life of your wrap.



How long do vehicle wraps last?

There is no definitive answer to this question it depends on several factors including, sun exposure to your vehicle, frequency of washing, and more. Wraps do not last as long on vehicles that are out on the road every day and constantly exposed to the sun. Something as simple as parking in the shade could increase the life expectancy of your vehicle wraps dramatically. Under normal conditions, the average life span of a vehicle wrap is about five years.


While it is important to keep your vehicle clean and tidy, there are certain ways wraps need to be washed. Washing your vehicle incorrectly can affect the longevity of the graphics. To help guide you down the right path for cleaning your vehicle wrap, we have listed some helpful tips below;


Wash your vehicle often

If you’re in traffic a lot and exposed to dust, dirt, debris, and pollution, consider washing your vehicle every 1-2 weeks to stop any build-up that could damage the vinyl surface of the graphic.

We recommend using a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as a 3M Car wash soap or Meguair’s NXT Generation Car wash. Gently wash the car wiping over with a soft, clean cloth or sponge. Remember to avoid hard scrubbing and rinse thoroughly after washing to ensure all soap residue has been removed. To reduce spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.


Store your car indoors or undercover where possible

Just like paint, wrap films can degrade in quality by continuous exposure to the sun, particularly on surfaces such as the hood, trunk lid, and roof. Whenever possible, store your vehicle in a garage or under a shaded area during the day. 


Vehicle wraps are an excellent form of promoting and advertising your business. If you have invested in graphics, it is worth investing in quality aftercare and maintenance. If your vehicle wrap is looking outdated and worn even after a wash it might be time to replace it. For advice on vehicle wraps or to enquire about our professional wrapping services, contact IU Signage today on 03 366 2801