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White Horse Graphics      1000 Bartlow Rd., Muncy, PA. 17756      570-317-3377 or 570-584-5036

Cleaning & Caring for a Vinyl Graphics & Vehicle Wraps:

Care for your vehicle graphics just like you would any fine paint finish. 

The Do’s

1)  Hand wash applied vinyl graphics with a blend of mild detergent and clean water.

  • Pressure washing is not recommended as it can cause vinyl wrap to lift around the edges and degrade the face film. Once that happens, the graphics lose luster, fade, crack and can come away from the substrate.

2)  Test any cleaning solution on a small section of the vinyl graphic before using.

  • Even with products designed for washing vehicles, it is still good practice to test on a small area. If possible, use products that are easy on the vehicle vinyl and the environment.

3)  Always read the warning labels on car care products for proper safety instructions.

4)  Wash the vehicle from the top down with a soapy water blend, rinse with clean water

  • This allows dirt and contaminants to run off the vinyl.

  • A standard garden hose and nozzle, a clean, grit free bucket (to avoid scratching the vinyl), mild soap like Dove or Joy, soft microfiber sponges or cloths are all you need.

 

 

5)  Let the vehicle air dry or dry off with a microfiber cloth.

  • If time allows, let the vehicle air dry and touch up with soft cloth for spotting.

  • If the vehicle wrap is dried by hand, be sure to use clean, microfiber towels and light pressure.

  • Take care that not to lift edges or scratch vinyl.

6) . Store Indoors or Under Cover Whenever Possible

  • Vinyl graphics (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces such as hood, trunk lid and roof.

  • Whenever possible, store in a garage or at least in a shaded area during the day.

  • At night protect the car from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants (a common problem in many large metropolitan areas).

  • When a garage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night.

  • If your graphics start to discolor or turn brown, immediately remove the graphics from the vehicle to avoid staining the underlying paint.

  • To keep side graphics from degrading differently (one side faster than the other), alternate parking arrangement every other day. This way one side of the vehicle does not get full exposure to the sun and elements at all times, allowing the material to degrade at an accelerated rate.

The Don’ts

1) . Do not allow fuels or other corrosive substances to stay in contact with the vinyl.

  • Clean all spills immediately.

  • Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. 

  • If normal cleaning procedures do not work to remove fuel or other difficult debris try spot cleaning with isopropyl alcohol or a citrus based cleaner with a microfiber towel. 

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not allow cleaning solution to soak and immediately rinse with clean water.

2) . Do not apply carnauba-based wax or any type of wax based polish on matte, carbon fiber or any other vinyl graphics.

  • Doing so will result in deterioration of the vinyl film, drying out and cracking.

3)  Do not use automatic car washes, mechanical brush or pressure washers on vinyl or wraps.

 

  • Brushes and high-pressure jets can cause vinyl graphics to chip or peel around the edges or scratch the surface.

  • It can also cause fading and dull the appearance of the vinyl and damage over laminates. 

 

4)  Do not use rubber squeegees to dry vinyl graphics. Only use soft micro-fiber or water absorbing towels.

  • This can cause scratches and damage to the vinyl.

Cleaning & Caring for a Vinyl Banner:

Cleaning:

1) Clean banners with a clean sponge, mild soap and water.

  • Do not scrub or use harsh abrasive chemicals. This could damage the printing.

2) The Banner should be completely dry before re-hanging or prepared for storage.

Hanging:

1) When hanging a banner choose placement carefully, to ensure long life expectancy.

  • Make sure the area is not exposed to constant moisture, dampness or sun exposure.

  • If the area is too damp or moist, the banner is likely to mildew and blemish.

  • Constant sun exposure will deteriorate the banner and fade the print/vinyl lettering applied to the face at an accelerated rate. 

  • Half moons can be cut into the banner to allow air to pass through the banner in high wind areas.

2) Once placement area is chosen, ensure that the area is thoroughly cleaned and free of any contaminates, such as grease or soot.

  • These contaminants can transfer to the opposite side of the banner. Causing the it to lose its attractiveness and shorten the longevity of the banner.

Installation:

1) Do not over stretch the banner.

  • This causes material strain, shortening the life and flexibility of the banner, when exposed to windy conditions.

  • Overtime the material strain becomes apparent as the banner begins to look tattered, ragged and faded.

2) To lessen the chance of banner strain use bungee cords to fasten the banner.

  • This will provide elasticity and strength.

Storing: 

1) Always clean your banner before storage and ensure it is completely dry.

  • If the banner is not completely dry it can begin to mildew while in storage.

  • See above for cleaning instructions.

 

2) Printed banners should be rolled onto a 3” diameter tube, with the lettering out and placed in a plastic bag.

 

3) Banners with vinyl lettering or laminate should be stored flat for longer life expectancy.

  • This is not always possible, so the banner can be stored on the 3” tube as mentioned above.

  • This may cause the vinyl or laminate to begin to tunnel away from the banner over time.

  • This is normal and cannot be completely avoided.

 

4) Banners should be stored in a dry, cool place and temperature controlled of possible.

  • Extreme temperature swings will lead to serious damage of the banner.

 

5) While in storage, make sure the banner does not come in contact with solvents, such as alcohol, acetone, gasoline, paint thinners, etc.

  • These are extremely harmful to banners and may cause un-repairable damage.

Magnetic Care & Storage Sheet

 

Sheet Storing Flexible Magnet

  • When not using flexible magnetic sheet, keep it in a clean, dry place.

  • Store rolled stock on end to keep it from developing flat spots.

  • Store rolled sign material on end with the printed or vinyl side out. 

  • Stack flat magnet on a level surface. Avoid placing objects (such as cartons) on top 

  • that could damage the face; do not stack with magnetic sides facing each other. 

 

Preparing Magnetic-Receptive Surfaces

  • Before affixing magnetic sheet to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats and 

  • waxes are cured (hardened).*

  • Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with mild detergent. 

  • Wipe with a soft cloth or allow to dry.

*(Approximate curing times: paint—90 days; clear coat—60 days; wax—2 days.)

 

Applying Flexible Magnet

  • Before applying, test all inks and paints used on the magnet for adhesion and solvent compatibility. 

  • Affix to smooth, flat or gently curved metallic surfaces. 

  • Make sure the entire magnet is flat against the metal surface. Do not place over protrusions (molding, decals, pin striping, etc.) or concave areas. There must be NO air pockets. 

  • The magnet itself should be at a room temperature of 60°F (16°C) or above when installed to achieve best results. 

  • Do not apply magnet that has been curled with the magnet side out. The magnet may not attach properly to the metallic surface resulting in lifted corners or air gaps which will weaken its holding strength. Follow instructions for Storing Flexible Magnet.

  • If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface and reaffix. Lift at sides and not at corners to remove. Do not pull the magnet across the surface, or it may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength. 

  • Do NOT use on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight (such as automobile hoods), temperatures exceeding 160°F (71°C) or temperatures below -15°F (-26°C). Exposure to cold weather will make the magnet more brittle so use caution when handling.

  • Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can result in uneven fading of the surface because the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet rays.

  • Do NOT use on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding and repainted surfaces. NOTE: Doors and panels on some vehicles are not made of steel. This product will not work on aluminum and plastic surfaces. 

  • We recommend rounded corners for magnetic vehicle signage. 

  • Although most stainless steel is not receptive to magnets, a few grades are. If using magnets on stainless steel surfaces, remove daily and clean the magnet and the surface as directed below.

 

Cleaning Flexible Magnet

  • To guard against moisture and dirt buildup between the magnet and the metal surface (particularly on outdoor applications), remove the magnet at regular intervals. Clean both the magnet and metal surface with mild detergent; wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air-dry. (For vehicle-mounted signs, remove and clean DAILY.)

  • After waxing and polishing, allow 2 days for wax to cure before applying magnets.

VINYL CARE

White Horse Graphics prides itself in being open and honest with their clients about the products we carry and how to maintain them.

We invest in our clients by educating them on how to care and maintain their vinyl graphics and other purchases. This allows them to gain the longest life possible out of their purchase and get the most value out of their investment.

Below you will find care instructions for banners, magnetic door signs, vehicle graphics and wraps.