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Lettering on PVC

I need to put registration numbers on my new inflatable. It's PVC. I was just going to go to HD and buy them there. However I'm wondering just how waterproof they are and will they stay stuck to the PVC. Any suggestions as to a good source of lettering? I talked to some of the on line places that make up the lettering for you and was told PVC may be a problem for their lettering.
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Re: Lettering on PVC

Our last Zodiac has black reg numbers/letters stenciled on (paint) and they were legible for 7 years or so. I don't believe there are any stick-on letters/numbers that will stay on if you use the dink a lot.

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Thanks.. That was my other option..
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Vinyl lettering from sign shop..or online. Then apply clear coat.

Ink on HD lettering wears/rubs off
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Many will put lettering on boards that are hung/strapped to dinghy
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Don't forget to sand the glossiness off the dink where the letters go and make absolutely sure it is oil and contaminant free. We use acetone for this.
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Re: Lettering on PVC

I would've thought basically the same procedure and adhesive you'd want to use for a repair job.

Dunno about the "clear coat" part though, UV protection?
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To avoid picking up the edges of the lettering
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We paint it on like Capta. It also maybe helps deter theft (a little anyway).
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To avoid picking up the edges of the lettering
No I mean specifically what substance would y'all reco for that job?
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