Vehicle Wrap Care Guide, Columbus, OH

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Learn how to care for your new vehicle wrap.

With Avery Dennison® wrapping film, your car will take on a whole new look as you drive around Columbus, Ohio. Maintain your new wrap so it lasts as long as possible by reviewing the following information in our vehicle wrap care guide.
Vehicle Wrap Care Guide in Columbus, Ohio
Our Cleaning Tips

If your vehicle isn’t too dirty, we recommend a waterless wash. Start by doing a quick hand wash of your vehicle’s exterior surface. Then, use a waterless wash product to complete the process. Before using any new waterless wash product, make sure to test it on your vehicle’s wrap surface first. Once you complete the waterless wash, seal your wrap to make it easier to clean off every day dirt and stains.

If you want to give your vehicle a deeper clean to remove dirt and residue, follow these handwashing steps:

  • Use a hose to rinse off your entire vehicle with clean water. Doing this will remove loose dirt particles and help you prevent scratching the graphics.
  • Then, use mild, soapy water and a soft cloth or synthetic sponge to gently wash your car. Start at the top of your car and work down. Do not abrade the surface with any unnecessary scrubbing.
  • Rinse any excess soap off with clean water.
  • Finally, let your wrap dry naturally. To prevent any water spotting, use a silicone squeegee to remove any excess water on the surface.

Common Questions About Vehicle Wrap Care

When handwashing, what detergent should I use?

We recommend using a mild car cleaning detergent that does not have any strong, soluble substances in it. You should also avoid detergents with abrasive components or alcohol. Generally speaking, the detergent you choose should have a pH balance between 5 and 9.

How soon can I wash my car?

After you have a wrap applied to your car, do not wash it for the first 48 hours. When this 2-day period is over, we suggest washing your car every two weeks.

Can I wax my car if it has a vehicle wrap on it?

As the long as the wash doesn’t contain any petroleum distillates (a common ingredient in paste waxes), you can wax your car. If your car isn’t excessively dirty and doesn’t have a matte finish, a combination of wax and waterless wash can help you maintain your car’s appearance.

How should I clean tough spots?

Spot clean tree sap, bug splatter, bird droppings, and other contaminants to avoid any damage to your vehicle film. Start by soaking the spot with hot, soapy water and then rinsing it off thoroughly. You can also remove tough spots with a clean, non-abrasive rag and isopropyl alcohol.

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“Chris was so easy to work with. He communicated very well always and even sent updated pics along the way. He even explained some details about my car I did not know, In the end, I love the wrap on my car!! Exceptional work and would highly recommend. I would consider wraps to be like tattoo prices; you get what you pay for, and this is so worth the money. Thanks again!!”

★★★★★ Justin M.

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Services We Offer

VEHICLE GRAPHICS

Our wraps are great for your company’s fleet vehicles or even your personal car.

BUILDING GRAPHICS

We’ll provide building graphics that people can’t help but stop and stare at.

EVENT GRAPHICS

Our vinyl graphics are fantastic for branding and decorations at special events.

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What should I do if the wrap has a matte finish?

If your wrap has a matte finish, we recommend using a waterless wash product meant specifically for matte finishes. For example, Croftgate’s After Care is a good option. Avoid waterless wash products that contain wax because they can fill in the texture and cause shiny spots. To spot clean your matte finish film, use a 50/50 mix of water and isopropyl alcohol.

If you have any other questions, or want to go over the information included in our vehicle wrap care guide, contact us at Harbor Wraps.

FAQs About Caring for Your Vehicle Wrap

A vehicle wrap is an excellent way to give your car some personality or to advertise your business. Below, we’ve answered some common questions we receive about caring for our vehicle wraps.

Can I take my car through a car wash?

We do not recommend taking your vehicle through the car wash if it has a wrap on it. To preserve the graphics on your wrap, we suggest handwashing instead.

Why is it important to clean my vehicle wrap?
If you don’t regularly wash your vehicle wrap, the graphics may start to fade faster than they should. And without proper care, your wrap will need to be replaced sooner than originally expected.
How often should I wash my car?
We recommend washing your vehicle approximately once every two weeks. This will keep dirt, grime, tree sap, bugs, and other contaminants from building up on top of your wrap and causing permanent damage.
When should I give my car a waterless wash?
If your vehicle wrap isn’t too dirty, a waterless wash is the preferred cleaning method. By using a waterless wash product, you can enhance the gloss level and performance of your vehicle’s wrap.
What kind of wax should I use?
Avoid using any wax product that contains petroleum distillates. These distillates are prevalent in many paste waxes. We highly recommend a product that includes wax and a waterless wash formula.

At Harbor Wraps, we offer vehicle wrap care guides for customers in Columbus, Plain City, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, Worthington, and Dublin, Ohio.

Why choose Harbor Wraps?

Whether you’re a business owner trying to increase your brand awareness or a car enthusiast looking for new ways to ride in style, we can provide the solutions you’re looking for at Harbor Wraps. Our team is committed to helping you communicate through effective visual mediums, namely vinyl wraps and graphics.

Check out what some of our customers have said about our vehicle wraps and other services.

 
kenny elliott
kenny elliott
22:34 25 Oct 23
Fantastic service and extremely personable!
Allison Gronski
Allison Gronski
01:33 30 May 23
I reached out to Harbor Wraps to see if he’d be willing to decorate my babies cranial helmet for us. Of course I was expecting to pay, but he offered to do it for free. Not only did he donate the service to us, but he also did an amazing job! We are very impressed with and thankful for the work he did.
Bipul Islam
Bipul Islam
11:39 19 May 23
Very good and helpful message
Noah Mnor
Noah Mnor
12:58 04 Oct 22
Best wraps in Columbus hands down! They got my ride looking raw!
Champion Trading Group
Champion Trading Group
18:17 20 Apr 22
Chris and his team did a phenomenal job wrapping our condo. Has a great stained glass look. His service and quality are unmatched!
Won Cho
Won Cho
19:14 31 Jul 20
Chris got me a good deal on my wife Porsche. Car took longer than what we discussed but once I saw the results I was satisfied. One thing that concern me was the car came back with puncture tire. I ended up going to other shop to get it patched.
Cameron Schlechty
Cameron Schlechty
03:59 30 Jul 20
Harbor Wraps is the BEST business in Columbus by far. The people are AMAZING! Haydn is the best to work with. If you are looking to get your car wrapped, this is the place to go!!!!
David Everman
David Everman
11:24 13 Jul 20
Excellent place to do business with. Chris was prompt and answered all my questions. I will be doing more business with him in the near future.
Dynamic Duo
Dynamic Duo
14:22 11 Jul 20
My car came out awesome Quality is amazing Chris was awesome constantly communicating through the process answered quickly coming here was well worth it very happy with the outcome so happy that after I picked my car up I left my girlfriends car as well to get wrapped!
Carson Greco
Carson Greco
03:46 11 Jul 20
Had a wonderful experience with harbor wraps. The owner Chris is incredibly attentive and his passion shows in the quality of work. Would recommended this business to anyone.
Micah Miles
Micah Miles
22:49 08 Jul 20
These guys are awesome at what they do. Super professional and great service. Highly reccomend for anyone thinking of getting their cars wrapped!
Justin McCarty
Justin McCarty
21:39 06 Jul 20
Chris was so easy to work with, communicated very well always and even sent updated pics along the way. He even explained some details about my car I did not know, In the end I love the wrap on my car!! Exceptional work and would highly recommend. I would consider wraps to be like tattoo prices, you get what you pay for and this is so worth the money. Thanks again!!
Remy Dinh
Remy Dinh
20:32 06 Jul 20
Took my car in here twice now both times great services. Chris was very knowledgeable and precise with his work. Absolutely will recommend him to everyone I know
FLINT TOWN
FLINT TOWN
01:24 03 Jul 20
Best wrap in the city very fair pricei have a Can Am ryker an everybody in the city wanted unreasonable amounts of money an thy were TERRIBLE but Chris at Harbor Car Wraps was very reasonable
Selena Cano
Selena Cano
03:08 27 Jun 20
Highly recommend harbor car wraps! They do such an amazing job and was very satisfied with the results.
Mohamed Lehachi
Mohamed Lehachi
21:32 24 Jun 20
Hands down best wrap shop in ohio. Amazing at cars
Tom Keller
Tom Keller
20:05 13 Mar 20
Great experience definitely recommend them for all your car wrap needs very professionalExcellent work they definitely go far and beyond when it comes to making sure u r happy with the look of your vehicle when it is done will definitely go back !!
Tina Hoover
Tina Hoover
00:38 16 Feb 20
Chris knows his stuff! He did a custom wrap for my granddaughters docband and it looks amazing! Thank you so much and would recommend him to anyone!
Ben Stoyka
Ben Stoyka
00:05 04 Feb 20
I was searching for a local shop to wrap my freezer in my ice cream store and came across Harbor Wraps, these guys are amazing and went above and beyond and came out to my location to do the project in a very timely manner. Chris knows his products and will take care of you! Definitely recommend this shop to anyone looking for a vinyl wrap, hands down!
K K
K K
20:13 30 Jan 20
Harbor Wraps is an outstanding decal company. Their service is second to none.
Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski
13:53 27 Jan 20
Chris and Nolan did a great job on my wife’s 2016 Mercedes GL450. Chris and Nolan were very professional, trust worthy and easy to contact through the whole process. I would definitely recommend Harbor Wraps to anyone looking for this type of service.
Luke DeLeeuw
Luke DeLeeuw
01:11 04 Oct 19
Working with Harbor Wraps was made easy for both installation & quality final product presentation. If you're looking for a final product that has "WOW" fact go the boys at Harbor Wraps.
P Y
P Y
15:05 09 Sep 19
Right place for wrapping your vehicle. they done excellent job for my car wraps.
Niels Sommerfeld
Niels Sommerfeld
17:49 13 Aug 19
Solid team and very professional. They were able to coordinate a very large fleet install project in a timely manner and maintain quality of the wraps - 100 cars with our client Amazon in less than 5 days. Highly recommend to anyone with a big or small project for vehicle wraps
Mustafa Mergaye
Mustafa Mergaye
02:08 16 Feb 19
Great people doing good work.
The Nerdy Review
The Nerdy Review
21:33 16 Dec 18
Had some issues with the paint on my Audi S5 so I brought it into Harbor Wraps to get that fixed and get it detailed. Looks factory fresh again
Matthew Kurek
Matthew Kurek
21:32 16 Dec 18
Got a matte black wrap on my '07 Cadillac STS and couldn't be much happier with the results, probably gonna come back for a ceramic pro coating once I save up some more money
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