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Vehicle graphics care guide

It's always great having shiny new vehicle graphics on your vehicle however, to ensure that they stay looking their best we have put together a few pointers below:

Immediately After Installation

Do not wash your vehicle right after the graphics are installed. Your new graphics will take 48 hours at a temperature of 70 degrees for the adhesive to reach its maximum bond with the paint. 

In cold climates it is recommended that the vehicle be left in a climate controlled facility overnight before exposing it to the elements.

Cleaning

It is important to keep your vehicle graphics clean. Regularly cleaned graphics will last longer 

and at the same time, maintain your company’s image. The best cleaning method is to wash the vehicle by hand. 

The first step is to rinse off the loose dirt and grit with clean water so you don’t rub the grit across the graphic or any exposed paint. Then wash with a mild soap and water solution using a soft sponge and rinse thoroughly.

Hand washing is not always a practical solution and you can use pressure washers if the temperature of the water is kept below 180 degrees F, the water pressure is below 2000psi, and you keep the nozzle at least 12 inches away 

and perpendicular to the graphics. 

Automated car washes with brushes should not be used. 

The brushes will scratch and wear down the soft vinyl and may even lift the edges and tear the vinyl. 

Graphics on the windows

Avoid using ice scrapers over graphics and wind screen wipers. Do not roll down windows as this will damage the vinyl.

The life span of your graphics

Our M7 vinyl graphics are built to last 7 to 9 years if looked after properly. Manufactures base these numbers on the average sun exposure on a vertical surface. The vinyl won’t last as long in areas of the country with high UV rates 

or on horizontal surfaces like the bonnet, roof, and boot of a vehicle. 

The best way to ensure your graphics last the maximum lifespan is by storing the vehicle out of the elements (In a garage) or by using a car cover. 

We would suggest removing the graphics by the manufactures maximum lifespan as the adhesive and vinyl will dry out, making removal difficult and costly.

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