Posted By Vinyl Frog On March 10, 2024

Can You Wax A Vinyl Wrapped Car?

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Yes, you can wax a wrapped car if you have applied glossy vinyl to it. Waxing your car wrap can enhance its shine and preserve its original look but you cannot just grab a tub of wax and start smearing your vinyl with it.

There are several factors to consider when having your wrapped car waxed as it is not applicable for every vinyl wrap. Fret not. Let’s look at how you can wax your vinyl-wrapped car and what important points you should keep in mind.

Which Car Wrap Can Be Waxed?

It is important to note that not every vinyl-wrapped car can be waxed. Wax coatings can be done on glossy vinyl only and that too is not necessary. They bring out the luster of the glossy vinyl wrap and keep it looking brand new. 

Matte vinyl cannot be waxed as it is not meant to have a glossy finish and it will end up damaged. It is also not recommended to wax textured, chrome, satin, or metallic vinyl-wrapped cars.

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For these vinyl wraps, cleaning them regularly and storing them properly can help maintain their look for longer. You may also use a detailer spray for non-textured vinyl wraps.

You cannot use wax on Matte, Textured, Chrome, Satin, and Metallic vinyl wraps.

How To Wax Your Wrapped Car?

You can wax your car by gently applying the right formula to your wrap with an applicator. If your car is wrapped in glossy vinyl, it can be safely waxed and will not be damaged in the process. However, you will have to consider the type of wax you are using. So how to wax your wrap? Before you start, take care of the following:

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  • Make sure that your glossy vinyl wrap is in impeccable condition. If it is damaged and has scratches and bumps, the wax will accumulate in the grooves and further destroy it.
  • Secondly, check the ingredients of the wax. The wax products you are using should be non-abrasive and designed to be used on vinyl wrap. The ideal wax for glossy vinyl should contain waterless wash and wax.

The Wax You Choose Should Not Contain Petroleum Distillates Or Harsh Chemicals.

Once everything is checked and taken care of, let’s start the process:

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  • Clean your vehicle thoroughly with warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth. Pat it dry completely before applying any wax.
  • Apply the wax on a small inconspicuous area first and see the results. Only continue if you are happy and getting what you desire.
  • Do not apply the wax directly to your wrap! Instead, use an applicator and work it over the vinyl surface.
  • Using straight and even strokes, evenly spread out the wax on your wrapped vehicle.
  • Use a soft cloth to gently remove excess wax.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner if you see any wax or waxy residue after the job is done. Do not let it stay as it may damage the vinyl.

How Often To Wax Your Vinyl-Wrapped Car?

You should wax your wrapped car once or twice every year to keep it gleaming and reduce the chances of any damage through excessive wax coating.

The frequency of wax coats also depends on what the weather conditions of your area are like. For places with harsh conditions, shine fades faster and you may want to wax your car wrapped in glossy vinyl every four months. 

How To Wash A Wrapped Car?

With time, contaminants and external environmental conditions wear out the vinyl wrap which is why it is crucial to protect it. To avoid discoloration, oxidation, and peeling of your vinyl wrap, it is important to take protective measures. If wax coats are not suitable for your wrapped vehicle there are many alternatives like protective films or ceramic coating available in the market as well.

Can You Use Wax On Decals and Graphics?

Experts recommend against using wax on vehicle decals and graphics. If you have vinyl graphics on your vehicle and you are applying wax around them, be very careful to avoid their edges. If you see wax build up on the graphics or their edges, remove it with soapy water and a microfiber cloth. When you are doing this, take care not to lift the edge of the decal.

Do not apply wax on vinyl decals and graphics on your vehicle!

A wax spray is recommended by some vinyl sellers but to be safe than sorry, we suggest you use it on an unobtrusive area of the vehicle first before applying it all over. If the wax has petroleum distillates or abrasive components, it is highly damaging to your vinyl. Do not use it at all. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Thoughts

We recommend using wax on glossy car wrap only if it is in impeccable condition. A good wash as recommended keeps your vinyl shining like a jewel. If you think using wax on your gleaming vinyl wrap will make it sparkle even more, you are wrong.

Wax cannot be used on all vinyl wraps. They can only be used on certain glossy ones and that also once or twice a year. If you use wax, you have to use a product recommended for vinyl. Check the ingredients. Do not ruin a perfect wrap job with wax.

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