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Matte Car Wraps, and how to care for them!

One of the questions we get asked the most is, “how do I clean this thing?” in reference to a customer’s newly restyled and wrapped vehicle.  As you can imagine, you just spent your hard earned money on having your car wrapped, and if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to keep it as new looking and long lasting as possible. That’s where we come in!  Our work isn’t done once we’ve finished your wrap; there are steps and protocols we can offer after years of experience to help keep your new matte wrap fresh, clean and looking great. 

 Matte frozen silver GL63AMG wrapped by The Wrap Lab Nashville

Matte frozen silver GL63AMG wrapped by The Wrap Lab Nashville

The first point I like to let everyone who comes through our doors know is that a wrap indeed needs more attention than paint due to their limited lifespan (3-5 years) and lack of maintenance can severely decrease that lifespan.  Fortunately, most people who come to The Wrap Lab Nashville for a restyling wrap are very particular about their vehicles, so taking time for basic maintenance is not an issue.

 Matte Charcoal Grey Sequoia wrap done by The Wrap Lab Nashville / Built by Elite Customs TN

Matte Charcoal Grey Sequoia wrap done by The Wrap Lab Nashville / Built by Elite Customs TN

How do you start with basic Matte Vehicle Wrap care? Simple soap and water is the staple of cleaning.  for tougher spots that look like they may be stained or grease marks (matte wraps are notorious for showing greasy areas, finger prints and holding dirt and grime) we’d suggest some wrap care-specific products, or you can use some diluted Simple Green (found at your local store). Simply (no pun intended) apply it to a microfiber and wipe in a circular motion on the wrap and let it sit on the area(s) for 3-5 minutes. Rinse with water, repeat if needed, then finish off with 70% Isopropyl alcohol and a clean microfiber towel. Isopropyl alcohol is a great quick wipe down solution for wraps in general.  Make sure you spray onto the microfiber, specifically on matte wraps, then apply.

 From Left to Right: Avery Supreme wrap care,  Vvivid Renew Wrap Care, Chemical Guys Matte Detailer

From Left to Right: Avery Supreme wrap care,  Vvivid Renew Wrap Care, Chemical Guys Matte Detailer

If you’re a product guy and are used to using waxes, shine products etc for your vehicles, many companies now have their own lines of Wrap Care products as well and are made for specific finishes.  Companies like Croftgate, Chemical Guys, Vvivid even Avery Dennison (a prominent vinyl manufacturer) has their own lines of Wrap Care Cleaner.

Finally, another option is to add a full ceramic coating to your wrap and wheels.  Here at The Wrap Lab Nashville, we are a dealer and installer of Varagon Solutions Ceramic coatings, and offer that service if you’re looking to really seal your wrap. It’s great on Matte, Satin, Gloss and chrome finishes!  Think of it as rainX for your wrap! It’s easier on the maintenance, and adds life and longevity to your vehicle wrap.