The Boat Wrap Process

1. Estimating the cost

The first step is to get your free boat wrap estimate, which you can do online now. From the information you supply, we’ll estimate the materials and labour needed to carry out the work, and send you an estimate to wrap your boat.

2. When & where to haul out

We’ll need a relatively dust-free environment to wrap your boat. An indoor shed or tent is ideal, but not totally necessary – any outdoor boatyard that forbids dry sanding should be fine. Rain, strong winds and extreme temperatures can prevent us from wrapping your boat, or affect the final finish, so try to time your haul-out with a forecast of warm, dry weather and light winds.

3. Surface prep

You’ll need to make sure your boat is prepped and ready for vinyl application before we arrive to wrap it. That means:

    • Sound paint or gelcoat (no flaking or excessive chalkiness)
    • Dents and dings filled and fared (any uneven areas will show up clearly under the vinyl)
    • Hull cleaned and free from marine growth, mould and mildew, and any silicone residue from through-hull fittings
    • Skin fittings removed (ideally, but if that’s not possible we can trim the vinyl around them)

If you’re not sure about whether your boat’s surfaces are in a suitable condition, please contact us to discuss.

4. Boat check

We’ll come and check your boat before we wrap it, to make sure the surfaces are correctly prepped, and there is sufficient access to the hulls. You’ll need to have OSH-approved scaffolding in place, and ensure any obstructions like cradle arms can be moved when required.

5. Hull clean

Before wrapping, we’ll give the hull a final, last-minute clean. This is to ensure the surfaces are free from dust and grease that will affect the adhesion and finish.

6. Measure vinyl

The vinyl is measured, and sheets cut to size.

7. Vinyl application

The vinyl is applied by an experienced boat wrapping professional. As the backing paper is removed, the vinyl is pressed against the hull, and any bubbles are squeezed out.

8. Vinyl re-enforcement

If required, we can re-enforce high wear areas like the bow, or areas where fenders frequently rub, to protect your vinyl finish for longer.

9. Trimming & finishing

The vinyl is carefully trimmed around the gunwales and waterline, and any fittings that have been left in place, and joins or seams are trimmed down to reduce their visibility. A special sealant is applied to the waterline edge to help prevent the vinyl from lifting or peeling, and we then recommend you antifoul just over the edge of the vinyl to further protect it from lifting.

10. Detailing – names & stripes

Your boat name, stripes and graphics are applied over the top of the vinyl wrap.

Your boat is now wrapped, and ready to go back in the water and turn some heads!