Aftercare Instructions

Congratulations! With your Sealy Signs vinyl wrap you now have an exceptional, premium quality product installed on your vehicle.

Following these important aftercare steps will keep your vinyl wrap looking great for years to come.

Premature degradation of the vinyl and adhesion and dis-colouration may occur if proper aftercare practices are not followed.

Aftercare: The First Weeks

  • Avoid washing or leaving your car in the rain for 5 days after vinyl wrap installation. It is important to allow any moisture between the paint surface and the vinyl film to evaporate completely so that the adhesive sets correctly and to avoid any edge lift. Excessive exposure to water and the use of shampoos will also hinder this process.
  • While the film is curing some bubbles or a slight haze in the film may occur. This is perfectly normal and will disappear after 1 to 3 weeks with normal vehicle use and exposure to sunlight.
  • It is important to remove dirt, stains such as bird droppings and bug splatter promptly as these contain substances that may attack the surface of your vinyl wrap. We recommend a normal car wash routine once the film has cured (1 to 3 weeks). Please use the following methods.

Cleaning Methods

Waterless Wash/ Spray Wax

This is the recommended method for cleaning when the car is only moderately dirty.

Avery Dennison’s Wrap Care Cleaner, Power Cleaner and Sealant are excellent products for the regular care of your wrap. These products not only clean your wrap but help to protect it and enhance the finish.

Always test any product on an inconspicuous area first. Do not use wax products that contain petroleum distillates or abrasive components.

Hand Washing

Washing your vehicle by hand is one of the safest ways to keep your Sealy Designs wrap looking great.

  • Start by rinsing the vehicle down with water
  • Wash gently using mild soapy water and a sponge or other soft non-abrasive cloth
  • Start at the top of the vehicle and work towards the bottom
  • Avoid unnecessary spot rubbing as this may damage the film
  • Rinse with clean water to remove any detergent
  • Allow to dry naturally or dry with a soft non-abrasive cloth such as a chamois.

Use only detergents with a pH balance between 5 and 9 and take especial care to avoid lifting the edges of the wrap.

Spot Cleaning

Organic material such as bird droppings or bug splatter contains substances that may harm you vinyl wrap if not cleaned promptly.

Avery Dennison Supreme Wrap Care/ Power Cleaner are ideal for cleaning difficult spots such as bird droppings or bug splatter. You can also use 25% alcohol dilution with water.

Simply spray the Power Cleaner on and leave for 30 seconds. Wipe off with a dry microfiber cloth. Then use the Wrap Care to clean up any cleaner residue.

Automatic Carwashes

Only use automatic brushless car washes with spray only. We strongly advise you not use automated brush washes as these may scratch the vinyl, lift the edges and damage the gloss finish.

Also avoid using the wax options at a car wash as these may contain petroleum ingredients that are harmful to vinyl wraps.

Pressure Hose Washing

Only use water pressure washers or water blasters as a last resort. Water blasters can easily damage the wrap or force the edges to lift as well as causing face degradation.  We do not recommend this method but if you must use it please keep the following in mind:

  • Water pressure must be below 1200 psi (8- bars or 84 kg/cm2)
  • Maintain water temperature below 80˚C
  • Hold the nozzle at least 30 cms away from the edges
  • Hold the nozzle perpendicular to the graphic to avoid the wrap edges lifting
  • Use a wide angle spray nozzle (preferably a 40˚ angle spray pattern)

We recommend the periodic application of Avery Dennison Supreme Care Sealant after any type of vehicle wash.

This provides a layer of protection against the effects of UV and environmental pollutants. Avery Dennison Supreme Care Sealant also makes the vinyl surface more resistant to dirt making it easier to clean.

Wrap Cleaning FAQ’s

Can I use ordinary detergent for a hand wash?

You can use any mild car cleaning detergent and water mix provided it doesn’t contain any strong solvents or abrasive compounds. The detergent should have a neutral pH balance.

How often should I clean my vehicle?

You should not clean your vehicle within the first 5 days after the wrap has been applied. Once the initial 5 day cure period is over we recommend you wash your vehicle at least every two weeks.

Can I use car wax?

Rubbing ordinary car waxes onto your wrap may cause damage due to the excessive rubbing and the chemical content of the wax.

Do not use any products that contain petroleum or strong solvents. Use waxes that are specially formulated for vinyl care. Spray waxes are ideal if the vehicle is not too dirty.

What if my wrap has a matte finish?

Matte finishes may tend to show more dirt than glossy wraps. We recommend waterless wash products that do not contain wax. Waxes can create shiny spots.

A 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water is perfect for spot cleaning matte finish films. You can also use a solution of hot soapy water.

How do I remove fingerprints?

Isopropyl alcohol on a soft dry cloth is perfect for getting rid of fingerprint marks. As with any cleaner, avoid rubbing too hard or excessively in any one spot.

How do I remove fingerprints?

Isopropyl alcohol on a soft dry cloth is perfect for getting rid of fingerprint marks. As with any cleaner, avoid rubbing too hard or excessively in any one spot.

Sealy Signs - Because We Care

Follow these steps and your Sealy Signs vehicle wrap will continue to look great for years to come.

These are industry leading materials and so if you should notice anything unusual please do contact us. Remember our workmanship and the materials are covered by an extensive warranty for your peace of mind.