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Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

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On all white boat that needs colour, I would like to add a 6" colour stripe and then add the registration numbers on that.
Can you buy striping that width and who would be a good supplier to purchase from?
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

I've bought tape from sign and lettering shops, but I think placing a 6 inch stripe is goingo be tough.

I suggest you paint it. I used one inch tape to designate he tope of the line. Use the blue stuff. You can manipulate it until you get it right, not so for the vinyl. Then, use a wide tape to "mark" where you are going o paint. Tape off the bottom. When you remove the middle wide tape, you have your area to paint...

This was easier for me than a wide vinyl boot I put on my old boat.

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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

I painted mine as well, used the Green frog tape, leaves a sharper line than the blue stuff, its been on for 4 years so far still looks fine
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

I used vinyl striping to redo the cove stripes on my previous boat. wasn't all that easy to do even though it wasn't very wide. Looked OK, as long as you weren't looking too closely, but I was never totally satisfied with it and it starts deteriorating after a year or two.

Since then I've lost my fear of painting on fiberglass hulls. Only way to go!
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

When the time comes, I would imagine it would be less work to sand and repaint a stripe, rather than scrape off the old vinyle stripe and re-apply. I would paint.

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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

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Hello,

On all white boat that needs colour, I would like to add a 6" colour stripe and then add the registration numbers on that.
Can you buy striping that width and who would be a good supplier to purchase from?
Thanks in advance,
Does that mean you scored the G28?
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

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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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
I also like 3M "fine line" tape very much, but, although it is expensive, never had to pay that much for it. I always bouight it from a local specialty store that supplies automotive paints and supplies to body shops.
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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

Vinyl tape can do a nice job on a cove stripe. I saw a Whitby 42 get painted scarlet 2-part and then striped and lettered with 3M tape that looked like gold leaf. It was gorgeous. It was intended for marine use according to the owner - he got it from a shop that specialized in 3M commercial products. Vinyl striping lasts for years & years on cars and it can be removed with a special "eraser" wheel on a small grinder. These are available at tool stores that sell auto body stuff.

Tape doesn't work for boot tops though because their width has to vary, particularly around the stern, in order to "look" the same width all the way.

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Re: Vinyl Striping vs. Painting?

I did the name, stripes and licence number in vinyl after I got a new paint job, and it came out beautiful. If you go with high quality vinyl it will hold it's colour for years. My graphics are 5 years old and still look great.

Rather than doing a single wide stripe that will be dificult to apply, you might consider a pair of narrower stripes in complementary colours. I did my boot stripe in vinyl also, and it looks fine.

The big advantage to using vinyl instead of paint is that it can be easily removed and redone. If the next owner doesnt like the name, it can be removed too. (although after years of sun it may leave a sharow.)
I have remnants of the rolls for my stripes, so if they get damaged I can easily peel the damaged section and replace it.

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