How to Protect Fleet Vehicle Decals and Vinyl Wraps

Posted by Annie | November 28, 2014 | blog
How to Protect Fleet Vehicle Decals and Vinyl Wraps

Car wrapping and the use of vinyl decals rank among the best possibilities for fleet branding. Though vinyl wraps happen to be exceptionally resilient and long-lived, it’s still important to take proper care of those.

Professional fleet washing is one of the first essentials for keeping decals looking beautiful for many years to come. Several other factors will also contribute to proper vinyl wrap maintenance.

Proper Washing and Cleaning

There are several dos and don’ts when it comes to washing vehicles that are fully wrapped or that have partial decals. 

Professionals in the field of fleet washing deal with branded vehicles all the time, so it’s a good idea to trust their experience and expertise.

Vinyl is a waterproof and scratchproof material. It can be cleaned with a mild detergent that will remove the grime and buildup on top of the graphics. Sponge cleaning is the best possibility because it’s gentle and it can remove most of the dirt when performed regularly.

Vinyl decal cleaning can also involve polishing. The vehicle will first have to be dried completely with a microfiber towel. A silicone or Teflon-based polish can then be applied to the surface. This final step will protect both the car paint and the vinyl graphics on top.

A Few Don’ts

  • Though vinyl graphic cleaning is a relatively simple task, several important don’ts have to be kept in mind. Excessively aggressive cleaning practices can lift the edges of the vinyl decal off the vehicle. Once this happens, the decal will be ruined because it will start peeling.
  • Pressure washing is a big no-no when it comes to cleaning fleet vehicles that have vinyl decals or that are entirely wrapped. The use of mechanical brushes is also aggressive and it can scratch the surface.
  • Certain wax and polish products are not compatible with vinyl. Refrain from picking the ones that have abrasive particles. Talk to a fleet washing professional before choosing this product or trust your cleaning service provider for the selection of the right polishing product. Finally, do a spot test in an inconspicuous area. If you don’t see any fading or changes in the appearance of the vinyl, you’ll be free to use the product on the entire vehicle.

A Few Additional Tips

  • Using products designed for waterless vehicle cleaning is a good option for cleaning between the professional fleet washing procedures. Products designed for waterless washing break down grime, making it easier to wipe buildup off the surface.
  • How about harsh and stubborn stains? These could include tree sap, tar and bird droppings. Applying a bit of hot, foamy water to the surface is a good idea. Let it stay on for a couple of minutes and try to get rid of stubborn buildup this way. If water doesn’t work, you’ll need to talk to a professional because a more serious detergent will have to be used.
  • Fuel spills are detrimental, which is why you need to wipe those off vinyl decals and wraps immediately. Once the fuel spill has been wiped away, you’ll need to have professional fleet washing.
  • Finally, you should get in the habit of adopting a few preventive measures. When possible, park your fleet vehicles in a garage or a shady place. Though many vinyl decals are UV resistant, the sun can still cause damage and fading of the colors. Environmental pollution can also decrease the longevity of your wraps, so it’s best to refrain from keeping the vehicles outdoor.

Vinyl decals are tough and beautiful, which is why many companies choose this type of mobile marketing. Taking proper care of vehicle wraps is a relatively simple task. You’ll need to follow a couple of basic rules and you’ll also have to find a reliable and experienced fleet washing partner.

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