Maintenance / Care

Window film, wraps, and printed vinyl look great!  Keep your new graphics and tint like new for years to come with a few simple care and cleaning guidelines.

Window Film

It is important to allow the product to cure fully before cleaning. 

Automobile Film

For automobiles, use a non-ammonia window cleaner (such as Invisible Glass) and a microfiber towel or T-shirt to clean the interior of the film.

Residential / Commercial Film

On architectural films (residential / commercial), use of a soapy water solution of approximately 1 Table Spoon of dish soap (Dawn) to 32oz water in a spray bottle with a soft squeegee.  Use a T-shirt or microfiber towel to clean the edges or any residual marks.

Vehicle Graphics

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 vehicle graphics looking their best.

Wash Regularly

  • Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the graphic 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.
  • Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.

Do not use wax or other similar coatings on vehicle graphics.

Automated Car Washes

Vinyl wraps may be run through car washes. Touch less car washes are the best for graphic care. Use of brush car washes (depending upon the frequency and quality of brush) may cause dulling/scratching/lifting edge of the graphics.

Pressure Washing

  • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
  • Keep water temperature below 180 °F (80 °C).
  • 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.

Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to graphic may lift the edges of the film.

Difficult Contaminants

Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the graphics: 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.

Fuel Spills

Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry.

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