The Life Expectancy of a Car Wrap and Tips to Extend It

The Life Expectancy of a Car Wrap and Tips to Extend It

You’ve invested in vehicle wraps to make your one-car show or fleet of vehicles a professional representation of your business and advertising machines. Now how do you keep those car wraps looking crisp and new as long as possible? How long can you expect them to last? Follow these tips to keep your fleet sharp and your wraps in tip-top shape for years to come!

How long do vehicle wraps last?

A variety of factors affect your wraps’ longevity. Sun exposure, weathering, and road conditions all take a toll on vehicle wraps, and proper care is crucial to make them last longer in any conditions. Normally, you can expect a vehicle wrap to last 5 years. With exceptional care and some consideration about how your vehicles are stored, you can extend that life and get more mileage out of high-quality car wraps – keeping your investment on the road longer.

Get a High-Quality Vehicle Wrap from the Get-Go

Step one to making sure you have a long-lasting vehicle wrap is to make sure you’re investing in a high-quality wrap from professional designers and installers. Partnering with Game Time Wraps ensures that your car wraps and fleet graphics are professionally designed and engineered to last. From design to installation, you can expect complete satisfaction from our team! Professional installation means your wraps won’t bubble and the paint on your vehicles won’t be damaged in the process. A high-quality design and installation job starts you off on the right foot.

Protect Your Vehicle Wraps Against the Elements

Protect your vehicle against sun, rain, hail, and other elements by storing vehicles in a covered space when they’re not in use. Even if you don’t have a covered parking space or garage, you can use car covers to protect your vehicles while they’re stored. Limiting sun exposure and rain can keep your graphics bright and wraps intact longer. Parking your vehicles under cover – even in a shaded spot – on the job can also help extend the life of your wrap. Extensive sun exposure can fade your graphics, and the sediment and potential environmental hazards of rain, snow, sleet, and other precipitation can affect the quality of your vehicle wraps over time. Keep your vehicle covered from these threats as often as possible.

Take Care When Washing Your Vehicles

The convenience of a drive-through car wash is tempting, but the best way to preserve your vehicle wraps is to have them washed by hand with non-abrasive cleaning components. Touchless car washes get the job done, but make sure that the water pressure from these car washes isn’t too high. If you use pressure washers to keep your vehicles clean, make sure that the pressure is never higher than 800 to 2,000 psi and that the cleaning chemicals used aren’t harsh or abrasive to the surface of your vehicle wraps. Great soap options include 3M Car Wash Soap 39000 or Meguiar’s NXT Generation Car Wash. You can apply a wax like 3M’s Quick Detailer Spray Wax or Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Wax, but be cautious when using any other products as they can reduce the lifetime of your car or vehicle wrap. You should only ever use a soft rag on the wrapped portion of your car. 

Let the Pros Repair and Replace Your Car Wrap

If your wrap is damaged or when it is time to replace and update your graphics or car wraps, trust the pros. At Game Time Wraps, we can remove your old wrap and replace it with a brand-new, sharp graphic design without damaging the vehicle’s paint or butchering your existing wrap. From simple graphics on the side of a vehicle to a full-car wrap – including windows, lights, hitches, and other accessories – we’ve got you covered!

Game Time Wraps for Your Fleet

Whether you have one car or a whole fleet of trucks, trailers, and vans, Game Time Wraps is your one-stop shop. Our team of design and installation professionals will have you back on the road with a sharp, professional look in no time! Contact us today about designing, installing, and maintaining your car wraps, vehicle graphics, and fleet needs.