How to Best Protect Your Audi Window Decals

Your Audi is your personal statement to the world! Naturally, you want to personalize it with stickers and decals that express your style. However, you need to know how to take care of these accouterments. Improper handling and normal wear and tear will slowly destroy these decorative elements. In this article we’ll discuss some tips and suggestions on how to protect your window decals, especially if you have applied them on the outside surface of your window..

Decal Material

Most car decals are made out of vinyl because vinyl is tough and can take a beating. However, this extra-durable material is not invincible to weather, dirt, grime, oil, and general abuse. With proper maintenance, you can prolong the life of these decals.


If you want to retain the pristine look of your decals, you need to clean them on a regular basis. The best way is to use a soft, lint-free towel, like a microfiber cloth. Dip it in warm, soapy water and wipe down the surface of the decals. Be gentle. Don’t use harsh cleaners or detergents. Definitely don’t use any tools that can scratch the vinyl.

UV Exposure

The sun’s UltraViolet (UV) rays will eventually fade your decals. That’s just a fact of life. However, you can do a few things to extend the life of these decals. Try to park your Audi in a shaded area or garage. There are certain sealants that can be used to protect the decal. We can give you suggestions on what might be beneficial.


If your window decals come in contact with bird droppings, which are acidic, tree sap, fuel, oil, or other stuff like dirt and grime, the decals will suffer damage. These substances have unique chemicals in them that will stain and in the long term, destroy your decals. Therefore, if you notice anything like this, immediately wash it off with a mild detergent.

Washing Your Car

  • When you choose to put decals on your windows, it’s best not to take your Audi to a car wash. If you must, then go to a brushless car wash. Regular car wash brushes are harsh and will scratch your window decals and cause peeling. These brushes are, in fact, so harsh that they put micro scratches on the paint job of the car.
  • If you opt to use a pressure washer, then use a very low-pressure setting, as something too strong will tend to lift the edges of the decals and make them peel.
  • It’s best to wash your Audi at home with a soft microfiber cloth and warm, sudsy water. Use a mild detergent made specifically for cars.

Beware of Wax and Polish

It’s only natural that you’d want to keep your Audi looking stylish and clean by waxing and polishing it. Just be mindful not to use abrasive polishes. Certain types of waxes are bad for window decals and wraps. For example, carnauba-based waxes have harsh solvents, and even though it may leave a wonderful shine on your car’s body, they will have a detrimental effect on your vinyl decals and wraps. If not the wax itself, the tools used to apply this wax will definitely harm your decals. We can give you suggestions on this topic.

Consider Using Sealants

This is a crucial step in protecting your Audi’s window decals. Not all sealants are made equal. Use a sealant specifically made for vinyl decals. Apply it carefully. This will significantly assist in prolonging the lifespan of your window decals.

Inspection and Replacement

It is critical that you keep an eye on your decals. Inspect them from time to time for wear and tear, like fading, cracking, or peeling. Depending on what you see, you may decide to repair or replace. This is where a professional’s assistance may come in handy. Applying, repairing, and removing decals is tricky in that it’s a skill that gets better with time. This is why a professional can do a quick and clean job. Contact us if you need help.

Woodinville Sport Cars is Here for You

Like anything else in your Audi, your window decals need regular maintenance. Just be cognizant of these tips, and don’t feel awkward to ask us questions. You can definitely prolong the life of your decals by following the best practices mentioned in this article. At Woodinville Sports Cars, our trained professionals are here to assist you in any way you need. We’ll be happy to answer questions or apply, repair, or replace your window decals. Call us or stop by any of our locations at Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mill Creek, Monroe, Redmond, Snohomish, and Woodinville in Washington.

* Blue Audi RS6 Car image credit goes to: Neydtstock.

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