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How to care for a matte car wrap

Caring for a matte car wrap requires a gentle touch to preserve the finish and appearance. Here are some tips to help you maintain your matte car wrap:

  1. Hand Washing:

  • Wash your matte-wrapped car by hand rather than using an automated car wash. The brushes in automated car washes can be too abrasive and may damage the matte finish.

  • Use a pH-neutral or matte-specific car wash soap. Avoid using harsh detergents or wax-based soaps.

  1. Soft Materials:

  • Use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or microfiber wash mitt to clean the car's surface. Avoid using rough materials that could scratch the matte finish.

  1. Water Temperature:

  • Use cool or lukewarm water when washing your matte car. Hot water can soften the vinyl, making it more susceptible to scratches.

  1. Rinse Thoroughly:

  • Ensure that you rinse the car thoroughly to remove all soap and contaminants. Residual soap can damage the matte finish over time.

  1. Drying:

  • Pat the car dry with a soft, clean microfiber cloth instead of letting it air dry. Airborne minerals in water droplets can leave water spots on the matte surface.

  1. Avoid Waxing:

  • Matte wraps should not be waxed or polished with traditional car care products, as they can add shine and gloss, ruining the matte appearance. Instead, look for matte-specific detailing products.

  1. Avoid Abrasive Chemicals:

  • Do not use harsh chemicals, solvents, or abrasive cleaners on your matte wrap. These can damage the vinyl and alter the appearance of the matte finish.

  1. Protect from Elements/Scratches:

  • Park your car in the shade whenever possible to protect it from prolonged exposure to sunlight. UV rays can degrade the vinyl over time.

  • Be cautious when parking near bushes, trees, or other objects that could scratch the surface of your car wrap. Matte finishes are more susceptible to visible scratches.

  1. Regular Inspections:

  • Periodically inspect the wrap for any signs of damage, lifting, or peeling. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.


Remember to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for caring for your specific matte car wrap, as different brands may have slightly different care instructions. If you're unsure, consult with Mobile Detailers Inc or the company who installed the wrap for guidance.


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