How to Care for Your Matte Car Wrap
Matte car wraps are a striking option that can make your vehicle stand out from the crowd and leave an instant impression on viewers. A matte finish absorbs more light than gloss finishes, making it a great choice for vibrant or dark colors alike. If you have considered having a matte wrap installed on your personal or work vehicle, it is crucial to understand their unique care requirements. As a leading provider of partial and full vehicle wraps, the team at Wrap Guys America knows how important proper care is for every wrap. That is why we have provided some information to help you understand how to care for your matte car wrap and maximize its usable life.
3 Tips for Effective Car Wrap Care
Matte wraps are more porous than glossy and chromatic wraps, making them more susceptible to damage from improper care. To keep your matte wrap in pristine condition, consider the following tips:
1. Use the Right Cleaning Products
Matte wraps can start to become glossy over time if you use the wrong cleaning products or techniques. That is why it is important to avoid using waxes, polishes, or conventional car wash soaps when cleaning them. This means you will need to choose cleaning products that do not have any wax or polishing agents in them. Consider using a combination of matte care products and a liquid paint coating dedicated to matte finishes to provide effective protection from staining, fading, and etching.
2. Avoid Rough or High-Pressure Washing Methods
Matte vinyl wraps should be cleaned using a two-bucket wash system. By using matte car wash soap and plush wash mitts, you can effectively clean your vehicle’s surface without contamination or the risk of glossy spots. Once the car has been washed, simply dry it with clean microfiber towels or compressed air to minimize abrasion. If you need to remove dried-on contaminants such as bugs, bird droppings, or mud, try using a chemical cleaner that will safely break down the contaminants and gently remove them with a microfiber towel.
3. Make Small Repairs Yourself, Leave Larger Repairs to a Pro
3M vinyl and other premium materials are sometimes referred to as self-healing wraps as small forms of damage can easily be repaired with a heat gun. For small dents or imperfections in the wrap, simply heat the surface with a heat gun or hairdryer by keeping it 6-12 inches away from the surface. As the wrap heats up, it will eventually smooth back out and look like new again. For larger dents or damage, contact a professional to ensure that it is repaired correctly.
To learn more about our matte car wraps or to discuss your vehicle wrap project, get in touch with the team at Wrap Guys America. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your wrap design.
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