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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 F E B R U A R Y G R A P H I C S P R O 5 9 then waxes or polishes should be avoided. Only products specifically designed for these finishes should be used. PRODUCTS There are many products on the market that are specifically designed for cleaning and maintaining wrapped vehicles. Look for products that do not contain any petro- leum distillates. For these after-care products, consider the wrap's finish. Matte, textured, or chrome vinyls may not use the same products as you would use on a gloss finish. Look for products that are specifically designed for the finish of the wrap. Auto Sauce is a line of products that are designed to protect and enhance wrapped vehicles. These products are designed to reduce maintenance times and increase the life of the wrap. Check them out at www. You should also consider manufacturer recommendations based on the media you're using. There are a surprising number of products on the market; this list contains manufacturer suggested washes, cleaners, and sealants: • 3M recommends a wet, non-abrasive detergent like 3M Car Wash soap 39000, Meguiar's NXT Generation Car Wash, or Deep Crystal Car Wash • Avery Dennison recommends its Supreme Wrap Care Cleaner, Power Cleaner, and Supreme Care Sealant • Additional products on Avery Den- nison's recommended cleaners list in- clude Croftgate Wrap Care, Croftgate Wrap Care After Care JP, Whoosh Tine & Vinyl Cleaner, Four Star Ulti- mate Spray Wax Plus, Simple Green, Turtle Wax Ice, and a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol/water mix • Hexis lists the Protech line of products for wrap after-care including Protech Eclat Max Surface Polish/Wax, Protech laser wash, Protech car wrap shampoo, and Protech Matt & Clean polish/wax CHECK-UP One other way to help your customer's wrap look great and last a long time is to offer a vehicle check-up approximately two weeks after the vehicle is wrapped. Since any is- sues (like bubbles or lifting) usually present themselves within the first two weeks, this allows you to fix them before they become a bigger problem. GP CHARITY JACKSON is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for over 25 years. You can visit her website at

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