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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

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Use 3M mylar 'fine line' tape for precise painted lines. Be sure to remove any waxes or silicone from the gel to ensure no 'bleeding' under the tape, press down the tape 'several times' and with 'dwell time' between the 'pressing' to ensure that the tape 'seals'. "Fine Line" is expensive, but nothing can beat it for painting a precise line. When applying keep a consistent pressure on the 'roll' as varying pressure can slightly change the width dimension of the tape.

example: 3M 218 Fine Line Masking Tape
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

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I did the water line in a 2 1/2 inch vinyl on my C&C Corvette about 8 years ago and it still looks good from a far but up close its far from good, small cracks have appered over the years. I also did the name in vinyl blue first then the same letters in gold but smaller on top, looks great and has been there for 15 years.
I know this was a long time back, I own a C&C 30 Mk1 with the -V- Shaped line just below the toe rail on the side you know the "C&C line". Anyway I was reading up on applying tape in this vee area. Is this what you did? If so, how long did it last and will you do it again?
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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..


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