Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?
To mark the new water line location, assuming your boats sits level (port to starboard) use the existing scum line top edge as the existing actual water level. Or use your existing line to measure off of. To raise it 6" up from that point, you can use a pencil and measure up 7" and mark every 12" along the the boot. Or cut a piece of cardboard 7" (make template) use that instead of having to measure 100 times. Then take 1" painters tape and apply the tape. Applying the painters tape is good practice for the vinyl application. The painters tape is easy to apply and very forgiving. Like any tape, don't press in on too hard and it will can be easily lifted off and adjusted. When you have it where you want it, them apply pressure, then use a hard object to press the edges to get the best seal. You can also bend tapes to make a radius, not a tight radius. It depends on the width and type of the tape as to how tight a radius. Vinyl will bend easier that painters tape. Warmer vinyl will bend easier then cold... You will get the idea fast, and if not get help.
1969 Bristol 32 Keel/CB Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA
Last edited by Delta-T; 10-26-2013 at 07:49 PM.