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01-05-2012 03:30 PM
hellosailor There are differences between vinyl graphics and "wraps". A vinyl graphic is designed to permanently adhere and often does so. The adhesive on a "wrap" is designed to release clean in a fairly short time, I'd guess 1-3 years.

That different adhesive makes a HUGE difference.

And there are also lexan skins, made by 3M and others to protect aircraft propellers and sheet metal on cars. That's also usually aimed at "permanent" installation.

If you covered the gelcoat with a wrap you'd reduce UV damage and probably extend the life of the gelcoat, but it would be much cheaper to just apply a good wax once or twice a year as needed. As for cleaning, you'd just have dirt on top of the wrap, you'd still need to clean.

Now if you can sell advertising and get paid to get he boat wrapped...that's something else again. "MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR BOAT IN YOUR SPARE TIME. NO CAPTAINS LICENSE NEEDED. SEND $89.95 FOR OUR SECRET BOOK."
01-05-2012 01:07 PM
downeast450 I am slowly loosing a po's regelcoat. TD was built dark blue and got a white layer of gelcoat many years ago. The white is starting to blister and crack creating ever more interesting paths of blue "pixels" at random places on the hull. It will get addressed eventually but right now I don't find myself cringing when I get bumped or gently engage a dock and that is a plus. It cleans up well and from 10 yards it may as well be a reflection. Last month I did my own power wash at haul out, the yard man was happy to hand me the wand and I soon realized why! I did get a chance to irritate the gelcoat as a measure of how loose things have gotten. I probably knocked off an additional 10 percent of what has already escaped.

Having been an AwlGrip instructor I do understand the wonder of being able to look at your reflection in the paint. I also understand, like any finish, anywhere on a boat, there is a level of anxiety that goes with the "perfect finish". Won't it be nice when they finally deliver on a coating that heals itself!

Until then, I am considering re-finishing my boat with an intentional bas relief painting. If the actual relief was very slight and didn't begin until a reasonable height above the wl it might be interesting. Certainly anything less than fresh wax will cause some drag and racers have already stopped reading. I am thinking a Roman Wall so any damage would look like an intended part of the finish. I could start a trend! ha!

A vinyl graphic seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

01-05-2012 12:13 PM
Greg Hoar Polishing!... using wax and a buffing machine.
01-05-2012 12:09 PM
Tbrad what the heck is "waxing and buffing"??!
01-05-2012 08:58 AM
Greg Hoar
Boat Wraps

We wrap loads of boats, take a look at Home - Wild Vinyl Boat Wraps
11-25-2011 12:32 AM
jimgo It wouldn't have to be clear, just match the hull color. Or could easily change the hull color that way.
11-23-2011 08:00 PM
Originally Posted by djodenda View Post
No, it would be just WRONG!!!
Yeah, I don't want something gaudy like that. What I AM wondering about is putting a layer of clear vinyl on the bow area to keep it from getting gross from the muddy water.
11-23-2011 05:58 PM
KIVALO I really like the idea of a hull wrap on a sailboat. The graphics are pretty cool looking. Anyone know where they can be found online or these custom?


11-23-2011 05:56 PM
Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post

Why couldn't you do a sail boat in a complete wrap? Seems like it would be fine.
No, it would be just WRONG!!!
11-23-2011 04:09 PM
sailortjk1 Not sure about about the clear idea, but lots of the Professional Fishing Teams and Racing Go Fast Boats are completely wrapped.

Why couldn't you do a sail boat in a complete wrap? Seems like it would be fine.
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