How Long Does a Vehicle Wrap Usually Last?

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Vehicle wraps are an excellent way to advertise your business on the road and even while your fleet is parked. From side wraps to three-quarter wraps and full wraps, you have the option to customize vehicle wraps for your style and budget.

When investing in a vehicle wrap, one of the questions customers often ask is how long it will last. After all, you want your fleet to look professional and attractive for as long as possible. So how long does a vehicle wrap usually last? The answer may surprise you!

Vehicle Wraps Can Last Between Five and Ten Years

Depending on the quality of the installation and material of your wrap, as well as how well you care for it, vehicle wraps have the potential to last between five to ten years.

If you have your vehicle on the road a lot, the wrap won’t last as long as a vehicle that’s parked or only used a few days a week with minimal travel time. However, high-quality wraps that are well cared for have the potential to last longer even when getting a lot of road time.

Climate can also affect the longevity of your vehicle wrap. Vehicles driven in heat, sun, snow, and rain will experience more wear and tear than vehicles driven in fair conditions. However, since we can’t control the weather, let’s look at how you can prolong the life of your vehicle wrap to protect your investment.

How to Properly Care for Your Vehicle Wrap

Although having your vehicle wrap installed by professionals can help you get as many years out of it as possible, there are things you can do to maintain and protect the wrap throughout its life.

Cleaning a wrapped vehicle is important because you want your vehicle to look nice, but harsh cleaning can damage the wrap. Here are a few cleaning tips when caring for a wrapped vehicle:

  • Never take a wrapped vehicle through an automatic car wash that uses brushes. It will need to be washed by hand with non-abrasive cleaners and a soft cloth or sponge.

  • Don’t use harsh solvents, polishes, or wax on wraps unless the company that did the wrap recommends specific products that are safe.

  • Pressure washing isn’t recommended, but if you have to pressure wash your commercial vehicles, keep the pressure as low as possible—no higher than 2,000 psi.

  • To spot clean, you can use soapy water or rubbing alcohol. However, don’t attempt to clean your wrap while it’s hot, as this can warp the material.

To keep your vehicle wrap clean and attractive, weekly washings are recommended. Of course, if you don’t drive your vehicle often and keep it parked in a protected area, you may not need to wash it as much.

When storing a wrapped vehicle, it’s best to park the vehicle in a garage or in the shade if at all possible. Rain, sun, and road grime can all shorten the lifespan of your vehicle wrap.

Considering a Vehicle Wrap?

Vehicle wraps can last for years when they are taken care of. Have you been considering a vehicle wrap for your commercial cars or trucks? Legendary Custom Signs & Graphics can help you design, install, and maintain a vehicle wrap. Contact us today to get started at (571) 512-7446.


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