Getting the Best Results from your Vinyl Boat Wrap

There are a few things you should know to ensure you get the best results from your vinyl boat wrap. If you have any questions or concerns about anything here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Surface preparation

Please ensure your vessel's surfaces are suitably prepared before we arrive. In practice this means:

  • Sound paint or gelcoat (no flaking or excessive chalkiness);
  • Dents, scratches, imperfections and high/low areas filled and/or sanded out;
  • Hull cleaned and free from dirt, marine growth, mould & mildew, silicone residue from through-hull fittings;
  • Deck & superstructure cleaned to avoid any dust or dirt falling into the wrap during application;
  • Skin fittings removed (unless otherwise agreed).

We will carry out a final clean to remove any dust from the hull before the vinyl is applied, but for best results, and to avoid delays or additional costs, please ensure any stubborn dirt or imperfections are removed prior to our arrival.

Suitable conditions

For best results, and to prevent delays, please ensure conditions are suitable for us to wrap your boat. This means:

  • Vessel is in a clean and dust-free environment (a tent or shed is ideal, but outdoor boat yards that control dust, e.g. by prohibiting dry sanding, are fine too);
  • For outdoor applications, the weather needs to be warm and dry, with no more than a light breeze;
  • Power supply is provided, plus good lighting for indoor applications;
  • Scaffolding is provided if necessary, and at a suitable height (a solid standing platform approx. 200-300mm below waterline level, the full length of the area to be wrapped, is ideal);
  • There is sufficient working space around the entire vessel (ideally 2 metres minimum).

Safe work environment

Please ensure you have provided a safe work environment for us to wrap your boat. In practice this means:

  • The vessel or surfaces to be wrapped are sound and safe to work on;
  • Any scaffolding erected is of a professional standard.

Vinyl after-care

  • Antifouling: Once the wrap is applied, we strongly advise that antifoul is applied just over the edge of the vinyl (by 2-5mm). This is also a condition of our warranty.
  • Lifting in/out: Just as with a paint job, great care needs to be taken when lifting a vinyl wrapped vessel in or out of the water. Please ensure the wrap is well protected from travel lift straps or cradle arms when hauling.
  • Fenders: We recommend the use of soft fender covers or socks to protect your vinyl wrap, as rubber fenders can 'grab' at the vinyl and wrinkle or tear it.
  • Cleaning: Use only soap and water to clean vinyl - never solvents or abrasives, and don't buff the wrap. You can apply wax to add shine, but only by hand. We strongly advise against the use of any high pressure washing equipment on a vinyl wrap. If high pressure washing equipment is used on under-the-waterline areas, be especially careful around the waterline and any other vinyl edges or joins. Take care to prevent solvents or fuel spills coming in contact with the wrap, and if it does happen, wash immediately with soapy water.
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