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SGT Stripe Care WARNING!

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I am posting this as a warning to others. I found this on the Orcal (maker of the SGT stripes) web site, in the support area, while helping another member in the discussion forum who was seeing "rust" looking deterioration of their stripes. While this is speaking to issues with PVC wraps our stripes are also PVC and I think it's something to be made aware of...I didn't keep searching for any PVC film warnings so they may be there too.



Dealing with “Fallout”



In recent months a small number of vehicle wrap customers located in southern

California/Nevada and northern Mexico have experienced a dull rust-colored surface

condition sometimes known as “fallout”. This has occurred to OEM paint finishes and

wrapped vehicles alike. ORACAL has determined that the likely cause is an

environmental problem associated with fossil fuel burning facilities in these areas.


These pollutants, most likely sulfur dioxide, bond with water vapor, forming an acidic

molecule. When the dew point is reached in the area, dew is deposited on the vehicle

surfaces. What was acidic vapor is now acidic dew. The acidic dew etches the surface

of the PVC film if the dew is left on the vehicle for prolonged periods of time. Because it

is dew, and not rain, the acid is fairly concentrated and begins to etch into the surface of

the laminate.


Once the dew has evaporated from the vehicle, the dew leaves deposits of dust,

minerals etc. from the water vapor in the etched surface of the PVC, thus causing the

rust colored appearance. The acid continues to erode the laminate creating a pockmarked

surface which further exacerbates the problem by increasing the surface area

for the acid to collect and erode and increases the dust and mineral deposits.


Suggestions for Distributors:

• Educate sign shops about the environmental issues facing vehicle wraps in the southern

California/Nevada and northern Mexico areas.

• Stock Teflon type polish or recommend a specific brand

• Add disclaimers to claim policies concerning “fallout”


Suggestions for Sign Shops:

• Prepare a Vehicle Wrap Care Guide with the points below

• Educate Wrap owners of the importance of care

• Modify warranties with regards to fallout to avoid liability issues.


Suggestions for Vehicle Wrap Owners in this area:

• Rinse the vehicle every morning to minimize deposits

• Wash the vehicle at least once a week with a very mild soap. Ask wrap installers for a

vehicle wrap care guide.

• Use a Teflon type polish designed for vehicle wraps to help protect the surface and gloss.


Follow manufacturer’s directions and application frequencies.


These are only suggestions and may or may not prevent vehicle wrap damage due to

the ‘fallout” phenomenon. Oracal USA attributes “fallout” damage to environmental

conditions which are not related to the manufacturing process, print production,

lamination or installation. We therefore do not classify this as a product defect for

warranty purposes.










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