Join Date: Jan 2003
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?
On our boat the lower boot and cove stripes were painted with AwlCraft 2000. After it was done I decided it need a double boot. I used 3M tape, and found a perfect match in color to the Matterhorn White. The lower boot is tapered but the upper boot is not. It is not discernible. The top stripe is 3/4" and I really don't know how you'd get a 6" tape do conform and not have wrinkles and bubbles.
I cheated when applying ours. I used a 3/4" band of 3M Fine Line directly above & lining up perfectly with the top edge of the thick boot stripe. I then laid the white thinner boot to the 3M Fine Line the same as I did to the lower boot. It gave me the perfect lay over the entire distance. This takes practice but can be done I just don't know that it can easily be done with a 6" tape.
Our tape has held up very well but is not as durable as the AwlCraft 2000..
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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