Well, I was getting ready to order the vinyl letting for the registration and name.
But alas, I was bored today. I got done teaching early, and the weather sucks, so I started to think of ways I could do the lettering myself. Here is my attempt. Warning, this should only be attempted by folks who have too much time on thier hands:
First, I went to walmart and bought a roll of shelf lining material. It's self adhesive with a paper backing. I want to use it as a masking material for painting the numbers on the boat. I picked up a second roll which is "low tack - repositionable", without the paper backing too. Total cost: $5.08 for both.
Next, I drew up the registration numbers in autocad. 3" tall, I used "Arial Black" as the font and made it Italics just for fun. This can be done in Word too, but I couln't figure out how to reverse the text in Word, and I know how to do it in CAD. I printed the reversed letters on the back of the lining material. On the paper backing side.
Next, I cut out the letters. I left the outside of the letters as the paint mask.
Last, I stuck the plastic side of the mask to the Low tack lining material. This will just hold the mask together while I position it on the boat.
Basically it will go like this:
1) peel the backing paper off the mask
2) carefully place numbers in position and stick
3) remove the low tack plastic
4) paint the numbers on
5) remove the shelf liner mask
If I have success, I will do the boat name too.