So you want to wrap your daily, but you live in a northern state where once the white stuff starts to float down from the heavens, the salt trucks are summoned like demons from the underworld to spread their evil salt. Not only does this damage and corrode the body of your car but it can also, over time, eat away at the vinyl itself.
Is it worth getting a vinyl wrap on a car that’s going to see the salt, winds, and ice that is sure to come during the winter months? Put simply; yes. Yes it is. And I’ll tell you why.
Many people still have misconceptions that maintaining a vinyl wrap is a royal pain, and that even if they were to take the car through an automated car wash (remember, this is just a daily), the wrap would simply be torn off by the force of the brushes.
In August of last year, after a lot of back and forth with myself, I finally decided to get my roof and spoiler wrapped in a nice satin black because I’m a sucker for contrast. The install took a little over an hour and I was more than happy with the look. I was originally going to keep it on for maybe a year or two, but I’m thinking this will be a more permanent look moving forward, with the occasional re-wrap as needed.
Being that my car is a daily, I take it through the automated car wash (gasp!!!) semi-regularly. A couple time a month during the summer and in the winter with weather and temperatures permitting to get the salt off without freezing my doors shut.
I’ll admit, taking the vinyl through the car wash the first time was a little nerve-wracking in that I didn’t know what to expect. In my overactive imagination, the worst case scenario was that the vinyl would be ripped off with such force that it would rip the clear coat and paint off with it. No, seriously.
But after going through the first wash, giving the wrap a very thorough inspection, there were absolutely zero issues with the wrap. Since then, I’ve gone through at least a dozen times since, without so much as a scratch or swirl or even the smallest of imperfections. So long as you get quality vinyl, you’ll be amazed with how well it stands up to punishment and abuse from the elements and high powered hoses.
An added benefit is that anything you decide to wrap will be protected from the aforementioned salt and general road grime that builds up in the cold and snowy months of winter.
So if you’re thinking about getting a vinyl for your daily that sees the worst that winter has to offer – do it. So long as you don’t cheap out of the materials, you will have absolutely nothing to worry about.