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04-02-2012 05:41 PM
Ritchard
Re: Boot strip

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Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
Richard, My old cove stripe was probably 20 years old. The top layer in many spots was gone, and just the thin backing remained. Where there was tape it was cracked through. The Heat gun worked great, but because of all the cracking I could only peel tiny amounts at a time. No big peels. Often the top layer would come off leaving the thin backing, which I soaked in hot soapy water, to get most of it, then wiped the rest with acetone. I wasn't in a hurry, I did a section each spring for a few years until it was all gone. I wasn't going to let it keep me from getting in the water. Yes, moving the ladder was time consuming..would have helped to have a rolling scaffold.

If the tape wasn't aged and cracked the way it was, I imagine the whole job would have gone easier.
Ahh, sounds like your vinyl was way older/more destroyed than mine, mine may have been 6 or 8 yrs. Nasty job, that.
04-02-2012 05:19 PM
Tempest
Re: Boot strip

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Originally Posted by Ritchard View Post
In response to Tempests post above, I recently removed some accent striping prior to a repaint of both the cove and boot stripes. I simply used the heat gun. Warm up the glue a little bit and it comes right off - though you want to be careful not to overheat the vinyl to where it begins to melt and it breaks. I took off nearly 200 feet of stripe in about 2 hours - and a good bit of that was repositioning ladders.

A little acetone or MEK afterwards and the glue is gone.

Richard, My old cove stripe was probably 20 years old. The top layer in many spots was gone, and just the thin backing remained. Where there was tape it was cracked through. The Heat gun worked great, but because of all the cracking I could only peel tiny amounts at a time. No big peels. Often the top layer would come off leaving the thin backing, which I soaked in hot soapy water, to get most of it, then wiped the rest with acetone. I wasn't in a hurry, I did a section each spring for a few years until it was all gone. I wasn't going to let it keep me from getting in the water. Yes, moving the ladder was time consuming..would have helped to have a rolling scaffold.

If the tape wasn't aged and cracked the way it was, I imagine the whole job would have gone easier.
04-02-2012 05:04 PM
Ritchard
Re: Boot strip

In response to Tempests post above, I recently removed some accent striping prior to a repaint of both the cove and boot stripes. I simply used the heat gun. Warm up the glue a little bit and it comes right off - though you want to be careful not to overheat the vinyl to where it begins to melt and it breaks. I took off nearly 200 feet of stripe in about 2 hours - and a good bit of that was repositioning ladders.

A little acetone or MEK afterwards and the glue is gone.
04-02-2012 09:37 AM
SimonV
Re: Boot strip

I have seen a vinyl boot stripe come off when hauled and pressure washed.
04-02-2012 09:30 AM
patrscoe
Re: Boot strip

I think you're right, it would most likely look amateurish once completed. The bootstrip will need to go up and then around the stern.
Back to painting.
03-31-2012 07:11 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Boot strip

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A big draw back of tape is you cannot vary the width of the stripe to adjust for the curvature of the hull, causing the stripe width to look narrow at the bow and stern. If the current stripe does not make this adjustment, then I guess you wont lose anything.

I personally would not use tape.
SF is correct - a bootstripe can vary by 50% or even more in width so it appears the same width, particularly under the stern. If this isn't done correctly it will appear to narrow down at the end - it looks "insipid" and amateurish.

Tape works well for cove stripes but a boot should be gelcoat or paint to look right.
03-31-2012 04:35 PM
patrscoe
Re: Boot strip

Our sailboat has a green theme. We in the process of converting to a Navy color. (Helps to have a wife that is very good at sewering along with her sister).
In reference to the bootstrip, seems to be a split, some like it and some don't.... I notice that some new sailboats have a vinyl boot strip which brought up this decision.
03-31-2012 03:43 PM
Tempest
Re: Boot strip

It took me 3 seasons chipping away at it to remove the Cove stripe tape that had long ago worn out, faded, cracked and peeled. It was the biggest PIA job I've had to do, to date. Once the removal was complete I painted a new cove stripe. I never want to see tape and glue again.

That said, I'm guessing the original gold tape cove stripe probably lasted 15 years.
03-31-2012 02:34 PM
sailingfool
Re: Boot strip

A big draw back of tape is you cannot vary the width of the stripe to adjust for the curvature of the hull, causing the stripe width to look narrow at the bow and stern. If the current stripe does not make this adjustment, then I guess you wont lose anything.

I personally would not use tape.
03-31-2012 12:47 PM
CorvetteGuy
Re: Boot strip

I used vinyl on our water line about 8 years ago. If applied correctly will out last paint and the application is quite simple. Would recomend it.
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