How to keep your newly applied vehicle graphics in tip top condition

Vehicle graphics: care and maintenance

So you've got yourself some shiny new vehicle graphics and you're turning heads wherever you go!  How do you keep those graphics looking like they did the day they were applied?

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Admark uses only the best 3M materials on your vehicle - your graphics should be looked after the same way you would with any fine paint surface.  Using quality cleaning products and following these guidelines will help keep our vehicle graphics looking their best.


  • Wash whenever your car appears dirty - the longer contaminants stay on your vehicle, the more difficult they wil be to remove.
  • Rinse off as much dirt and grime as possible with water.
  • Wash with a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as 3M's Car Wash or Deep Crystal Car Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse throughly with clean water; squeegee off and finish with a clean, microfibre cloth.
  • Rinse fuel spills immediately if possible - most service stations have watering cans available for this purpose.   


  • Brush-type car washes if possible - they can abrade the film and cause the edges of graphics to lift or chip.  They can also dull it's appearance.
  • Hand-washing is best, but you can use pressure-washing if the pressure is kept below 2000psi and the water temperature below 80 degrees C.
  • Don't use abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
  • Don't use polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
  • Remove wax or waxy residue with an all-purpose cleaner.


  • Store indoors or under cover if possible - prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants can degrade the film.
  • For difficult contaminants and bug splatter, bird droppings etc - presoak with hot, soapy water first, then rinse throughly and dry.
  • If your graphics do need specialist restoration, give Admark a call - we can recommend a number of products that will help.

We hope these tips help you keep your vehicle graphics spic and span and doing their job: keeping your brand out there and visible in the community.

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