Vinyl wrapped car

Can Vinyl-Wrapped Cars Go Through a Car Wash?

Adding a vinyl wrap to your car is a nice alternative to painting it. You get the bold look you want at a lower price. As long as you take care of it — avoid applying harsh chemical cleaners, wax and polish, for example — the vinyl will last almost as long as paint does. We know that you want your car to look as great a year from now as it does today, which is why we want to help you learn how to maintain the wrap. Washing your vehicle is just one thing you’ll need to do to keep that distinctive glossy sheen. 

Pressure Washing Basics

It’s possible to pressure-wash a car with a vinyl wrap as long as you use the right steps. Avoid using water at a temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as the heat can damage the vinyl. Stand at least a foot away from the car at all times, and use a setting no higher than 2000 psi. it’s quite easy to damage the wrap without knowing it, which is why you might prefer going through an automated car wash. 

Automated Car Washes

Using a drive-thru car wash is one of the easiest ways to clean your car. To ensure you do not damage the vinyl wrap, look for a brushless car wash. Brushless cleaning at Quick Quack does a good job of removing dust and other types of debris without scratching the car’s body. It often works better than touchless car washing because it doesn’t use harsh chemicals.  

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is the key to maintaining your vinyl wrap. If you don’t have time to go to the car wash, grab a bucket with warm water and a few drops of detergent. Dip a sponge in the solution, and gently dab it around any stains or spots you see. Use a little pressure to pull off the debris without damaging the wrap. Rinse any traces of detergent off with more water.  

Impact of Car Washes on Vinyl Wraps

Driving over potholes and puddles after a storm can splash road salt onto your car. Steer clear of these hazards to minimize your chance of exposure.   

Regular Washes Go a Long Way Toward Keeping Your Car Salt-Free

The main impact of car washes on vinyl wraps depends on the type you choose. A standard car wash is risky because it can scratch the wrap and even peel it off your car. Touchless washing is equally dangerous because it uses chemicals that can eat through the vinyl and expose the metal beneath. A brushless car wash is the best option because it will not negatively impact your car or your wrap. 

Choosing the best car wash lets you protect your vinyl wrap and keep it looking its best. Stop by one of Quick Quack’s convenient locations with hours that meet your busy schedule.