Wrap Care 101: Keeping Your Cartoon Car Wrap Looking Fresh

Wrap Care 101: Keeping Your Cartoon Car Wrap Looking Fresh

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What are some tips for maintaining and cleaning a cartoon car wrap to ensure its longevity?

Maintaining and cleaning a cartoon car wrap properly is essential to ensure its longevity and keep it looking vibrant. Here are some tips to help you take care of your cartoon car wrap:

1. Regular Cleaning Routine

– Establish a regular cleaning schedule to prevent dirt, grime, and pollutants from accumulating on the wrap’s surface.

2. Use Recommended Cleaning Products

– Use a gentle, pH-neutral automotive soap and clean water to wash your car wrap. Avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, and brushes that could damage the wrap.

3. Hand Washing

– Wash the wrap by hand instead of using automated car washes with brushes. Automated car washes can potentially scratch or damage the wrap.

4. Cool Water and Shady Area

– Wash the car wrap with cool water, and avoid washing it under direct sunlight. This helps prevent soap and water spots from drying on the surface.

5. Microfiber Cloth or Soft Sponge

– Use a soft microfiber cloth or a soft sponge for washing. Gently wipe the surface to remove dirt without applying excessive pressure.

6. Rinse Thoroughly

– Ensure you rinse the car wrap thoroughly to remove all soap residue.

7. Pat Dry

– After rinsing, pat dry the car wrap gently with a clean microfiber cloth. Avoid rubbing the wrap, as excessive friction can damage it.

8. Avoid High Pressure

– Do not use high-pressure sprayers, as they can force water and debris underneath the edges of the wrap, causing it to peel.

9. Avoid Petroleum-Based Cleaners

– Avoid using petroleum-based cleaners, solvents, or wax products on the wrap, as these can damage the vinyl.

10. Protect from Bird Droppings and Tree Sap

– Promptly remove bird droppings, tree sap, or other contaminants, as they can stain and damage the wrap if left for an extended period.

11. Use a Sealant or Protectant

– Consider using a specially formulated vinyl protectant or sealant to add a layer of protection to the wrap and enhance its longevity.

12. Avoid Scratches and Abrasions

– Be cautious when parking near bushes, trees, or abrasive surfaces, as scratches and abrasions can harm the wrap.

13. Waxing and Polishing

– Some vinyl wraps can benefit from occasional light waxing or polishing. However, make sure to use a wax that is safe for vinyl and avoid waxing matte finishes.

14. Store Indoors When Possible

– If you have the option, park your vehicle indoors or in a covered area to protect the wrap from prolonged exposure to the sun and weather.

15. Inspect Regularly

– Periodically inspect the wrap for any signs of peeling, lifting, or damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

By following these tips and maintaining a consistent cleaning routine, you can help extend the life of your cartoon car wrap and keep it looking vibrant and appealing for years to come.

Are there any specific cleaning products or techniques recommended for cartoon car wraps?

Yes, there are specific cleaning products and techniques recommended for maintaining and cleaning cartoon car wraps. Proper care will help preserve the appearance and longevity of your car wrap. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Cleaning Products

1. Mild Soap and Water

The safest and most common method is to use a mixture of mild automotive soap and water. Avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or solvents as they can damage the wrap’s finish.

2. Waterless Wash Products

Waterless or no-rinse car wash products can be used to clean your wrap without requiring a water hose. These products are designed to lift dirt and grime gently from the surface.

3. Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)

For tougher spots like bird droppings or adhesive residue, you can use isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to dilute it with water (about a 1:1 ratio) and test it in a small inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the wrap.

Cleaning Techniques

1. Rinse First

Rinse your car wrap with water to remove loose dirt and debris. This helps prevent scratching the wrap during the cleaning process.

2. Hand Washing

Wash the wrap by hand using a soft, non-abrasive microfiber cloth or sponge. Avoid using brushes or abrasive materials that could scratch the surface.

3. Gentle Wiping

Gently wipe the surface with the mild soap and water mixture using a soft cloth. Start from the top and work your way down to avoid dragging dirt across the wrap.

4. Rinse Thoroughly

After washing, rinse the car wrap thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.

5. Drying

Pat the wrap dry with a clean microfiber cloth or allow it to air dry. Avoid using high-pressure water sprays or mechanical car washes, as they can damage the edges of the wrap.

6. Spot Cleaning

For stubborn stains or contaminants, dampen a soft cloth with diluted isopropyl alcohol and gently rub the affected area. Rinse with water afterward.

7. Regular Maintenance

Clean your cartoon car wrap regularly, especially after exposure to pollutants, bird droppings, or road debris. Regular cleaning helps prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the wrap.

8. Protective Wax or Sealant

Some car wrap manufacturers recommend applying a specialized wax or sealant designed for vinyl wraps. This can help protect the wrap and enhance its appearance.

Remember that the specifics of cleaning may vary based on the type of car wrap material and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Always refer to the care instructions provided by the wrap manufacturer or the professional who installed the wrap to ensure you’re using the appropriate products and techniques.

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Customized Car Vinyl Wrap FAQ

The customized car vinyl wrap is made by high precision printing.

  1. Design the graphic
  2. Face film: high polymeric white pvc vinyl with 1440 DPI high precision epson printer
  3. Adhesive glue: high quality low tack initial adhesive glue, do not damage the car paint after remove
  4. Release paper: super density air release channels, easy to install on car
  5. Protection film: UV proof transfer lamination film on the face film to protective the graphic
  6. Outdoor durability: 2 years

Here we have a formula to calculate how much vinyl is needed for a car wrap:

*length of your vehicle x 3 (for the two sides & the top of the vehicle from front to back) + extra for bumpers and mistakes (1.5m to 3m depending on complexity of car and your skill level)

For example:
2019 BMW 530i M: (4,954mm x 3) + 3m = 14.86m + 3m = 17.86m
the closest roll size is a so purchase a 1.52m x 18m 5ft x 60ft roll.

♦ Small size cars can be fully wrapped with 15m to 17m of vinyl.
example of vehicle sizes:
Audi A3 & A4, BMW 2 & 3 series, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, VW Golf & Beetle & Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Mercedes C-class

♦ Midsize cars can be fully wrapped with 18m to 20m of vinyl.
examples of vehicles:
Audi A5 & A6, BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-class, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, VW Passat & CC, Nissan Maxima/Altima, Ford Mustang, Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro

♦ Full-size cars; small SUVs, small trucks & small vans need 20m to 23m of vinyl
examples of vehicle sizes:
Audi A7 & A8, BMW 7 series, Mercedes S class,

♦ Full-size SUVs, trucks & minivans 23m to 30m of vinyl
examples of vehicle sizes:
Mercedes GLS, Suburban, Escalade, Land Rover, Cayenne, Hummer, H2, Voyager, Town & Country, Sienna, Routan


Does NOT devalue the resell value of your car like a paint job does.
Vinyl car wraps protect your OEM paint and are 100% removable.
Warranties and/or lease agreements remain valid. Painting can void warranties, increase the cost of insurance, and is not even an option with a lease
Cost for a vinyl vehicle wrap is considerably less than a comparable paint job.
Vinyl car wraps wear as well as, or better than paint – when properly cared for. Think of it like a skin for your laptop or a silicon cover for your phone. The vinyl can take a beating protecting the vehicle’s paint underneath.
Vinyl car wraps come in any color, even custom, and can have a matte, semi-gloss, gloss, brushed steel, carbon fiber, metallic flake, matte metallic, chrome and even leather-like finishes.
Expensive, color-matching paint fees are unnecessary for scratches or accident vehicles; just re-wrap the section that needs repair.
It’s difficult to tell it’s not paint. Due to our paint wrapping technique, it literally looks like it was sprayed on.
Affordably customize parts of your car. You don’t have to wrap your entire car; just your hood, roof, mirrors, stripes, etc.
Matte-paint jobs can be brittle and chip easily while vinyls are more durable and harder to scratch. In the event that repairs are needed, the part that was damaged can be easily replaced, providing a perfect match.
Hides dings or scratches and “freshens” the look of your vehicle.

Applying specialist car wrapping film to your car body will not damage your paintwork. However If you already have stone chips, abrasions or rust patches on your paintwork it’s important to remember that when the vinyl is removed it may pull loose paint off with it.

Yes, if you have your design and idea, you can send the graphic files and car model, then we can printing the vinyl for you to wrap the car.

The customized car vinyl wrap material normal size is 1.52×18-23m for a full roll, based on your car size, the price is from US300-500 per roll.

Please send contact us to get more informations.


How to customized car vinyl wrap?

Car vinyl wrap training has become a fashion, making cars look cooler and full of mystery. This also attracts many car owners to follow suit to their car vinyl wraps. Car vinyl wraps require a lot of professional knowledge, which is not a small shop. Therefore, try to go to a professional car beauty shop to avoid the misunderstandings in the film, and understand the method of using the car after the film.I will teach you how to close the film immediately after the film is finished. Today I will show you how to take a film and take action.

1. Thoroughly clean the vehicle and carry out deep cleaning for oil stains and mud. The possible places are corners, bottom edges, handles, under the front and rear bumpers, including the dead corner of the upper guard plate of the hub. The air compressor blows away the dirt and sewage remaining in the gaps of the corners to avoid the situation that the film will not be stuck and will cause the edge to be raised later.

2. After the film is finished, all the corners should be baked with a hot air gun at high temperature. While baking, compact the shape by hand until the baking heat no longer starts. For the parts that are easy to be edged or the glue does not stick to the edge that has been edged, it can be appropriately reinforced with adhesion promoter or super energy glue.

3. After the color change is completed, it needs careful care in a short period of time, for example, the cleaning of the vehicle needs to be carried out after a week, and it cannot be directly sprayed at the seam between the film and the car paint with a high-pressure water gun; it cannot be pasted with items such as adhesives To the membrane surface, and can not use a brush, abrasive or sponge with abrasive to clean the membrane surface.

It needs to make sure if the car has been waxed, painted, crystal coated or not before doing the car wrapping job. It would hurt the car paint to some extent when removing the car wrap vinyl if the car has been repainted before. It is best to be the original car paint intact before doing the carwrapping job.When the car body have Scratches, damages, it needs to solve this problems first, because it is not good to car wrapping.

1. Need to wash and clean the car body before the car wrapping job. Using alcohol to wipe and clean it once again when attaching the vinyl for a certain part of car body.

2. It is better to wrap a complete vinyl to one part of car body,reduce splicing.Correct direction of closing vinyl edge is from outside to inside.

Car Vinyl Wrap Tips: How to complete a perfect film for your car?

3. Edge-closing distance: when there is a gap between theparts A and part B(like below pictures shows), when the A-side is closing, the optimal length of the edge of the remaining film is: the length of the edge of the part A to the edge of the part B.

Car Vinyl Wrap Tips: How to complete a perfect film for your car? Car Vinyl Wrap Tips: How to complete a perfect film for your car?

4. At the top part of the car, make sure all the vinyl at the edge are embedded in the black strip(Like the red arrow below).

Car Vinyl Wrap Tips: How to complete a perfect film for your car?

5. When the edge is attached with a curvature and no stress point, the direction of stretching should be stretched to the vertical direction of the gap (as shown in the picture below, the edge needs to be retracted in the direction A, but it should be stretched downwards, that is, the direction B, this stretching method can prevent the car vinyl from being intact when it is just wrapped, but the phenomenon of stretching and rebound occurs at high temperatures).

Car Vinyl Wrap Tips: How to complete a perfect film for your car?

6. Don’t stretch when wrapping the vinyl,but if it must need to stretch, don’t overstretch please. Both excessive stretching and heat gun temperature is too high would cause damage to the membrane surface and glue layer of the vinyl.(The heating temperature of the heat gun is recommended to be 80-120℃; but the recommended temperature for chrome mirror vinyl,chrome laser vinyl and mysterious chrome rainbow vinyl is below 80℃).

7. When sticking to a location with a large arc,first bake and soften the vinyl, avoid rebound phenomenon after excessive stretching and heating.

8. Use the heat gun to heat up the edge when the part is finished wrapping,to see if there has phenomenon of membrane rebound.(Especially the position of stretched edge)

9. After the whole vehicle is wrapped , please use the heat gun to reheat all the edge trimming positions, to make sure the edge of vinyldoes not rebound.

10. Precautions within three days after wrapped vinyl:avoid car washing; Do not use a water gun to spray the film at the seam,especially the edge part , don’t let the car get wet in the rain.

    1. Initial Low Viscosity Glue refers to the initial viscosity of the vinyl and the paint surface,back adhesive is pressure sensitive adhesive; due to the initial viscosity of the vinyl and the paint surface is not very high during the wrapping, it feels not very sticky when you peel off the bottom paper and stick it to the adhesive by hand.If the car body has been repaired by car paint before vinyl wrapping, use a high-viscosity vinyl on the painted surface, and then tear it immediately, you can find it is very laborious, and it is easy to tear the car paint together.The use of a low-viscosity car film will not easily bring up the paint surface even after repeated tearing, which is very convenient for car wrapping job.

    2. For cars that have just finished the initial low-viscosity car vinyl wrapping, it is better not to wash the car within 3 days, due to the low initial viscosity glue and the paint surface are not completely adhered, it can prevent the water gun from flushing the corners of vinyls.After three days, the viscosity gradually increases,it should let the car owner to come and check the corners of vinyls at that time.After wrapped the vinyl for a period of time, the glue surface has completely adhered to the paint surface. If the paint is dropping during the tearing process, it has no relationship with the quality of the film,but caused by the thickness of the paint surface;if paint dropping due to tearing during filming during the car wrapping process, then there is a certain relationship with the quality of the car wrap vinyl.

    3. The method to Judge vinyl glue: Take the vinyl samples or color swatch books, tear off the bottom paper, stick it to the paint or the hand, and then peel it off.If found that with very high adhesion, that one is high viscosity glue; the one with very low adhesionis Initial Low Viscosity Glue.

    4. Avoid sticking items with strong viscosity to the vinyl surface.

    5. Avoid using cleaning tools, which is easy to damage the surface of the car color change vinyl. Please don’t use brush abrasives, abrasives or sponges with abrasives to clean the vinyl surface.

    6. Please use soft damp cloth and clean water to wipe the surface of the vinyl. It must need to use neutral cleaning agentwhen using it to clean the car wrap vinyl.

    7. When the edge of vinyl is slightly uping , please processed in the car wrap store within 24 hours.

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