Applying your own boat names is easy when you know how. Just follow our guide for a professional result.
Ensure the surface is totally clean before application. Remove any traces of old vinyl or glue (turps works well for this), then give the area a final clean with meths to remove any grease.
Position the name roughly where you'd like it to go, and tack each end in place with masking tape.
Using your tape measure or ruler, precisely position the name by moving first one end, then the other. Always measure to the bottom edge of similar letters (e.g. curved-bottom letters like 'S' and 'O', or flat-bottomed letters like 'A' or 'T').
Once you have the name in place, stick a piece of masking tape right down the centreline, so it's attached at top and bottom.
Remove the masking tape from either the left or right edge, then fold the name back on itself.
Peel the backing paper off slowly and carefully, keeping it as close to the surface of the boat as possible. You can leave the graphic folded back on itself - just tack it to the boat by folding over the top corner of the sticky backing paper.
Once you've peeled the backing paper off to the centre line, use a craft knife to cut it in a straight line down the centre, and get rid of the excess backing paper.
Use your spray bottle on 'mist' setting to lightly wet the surface you're applying to.
Fold the name back over so that it's close to - but not touching - the boat's surface. Start from the centre of the name, and work out from the centre point with your squeegee, applying with firm, even strokes.
Repeat the procedure above (from Step 5) for the other half of the name.
Once the name is fully applied, spray the sticky backing tape lightly with water to make it easier to remove.
Carefully peel off the sticky backing tape. Peel the tape back on itself, keeping it as close to the surface of the boat as possible. If the graphics start to lift, squeegee them again firmly.
If there are any bubbles in your graphics, simply squeegee them out with fast, firm strokes towards the closest edge. If that doesn't work, use a pin to pierce the bubble at its edge, then gently squeeze out the water.