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Mr. Bill
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I'm having the name of the boat redone, currently LP painted on the side. Vinyl lettering seems like a bullet proof approach, but wondered if there was anything I should ask for (or avoid), before I walk in with FISH stamped on my forehead and my wallet wide open.
 

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You should also talk to local sign companies, since many will do lettering for boats. The Boat US site should give you a rough idea of what the ball park pricing is going to be.
 

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ditto boat us. I surfed a lot of websites as well as local shops.
some retailers will sell material that is less than best for standing up to the weather. I remember that boat us had the latest vinyl stuff
 

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I used a local graphics guy. If you want any kind of custom design, it may be worth looking in the phone book for a local graphics shop that does store windows, commercial vehicles and other stuff like race trailers.

Here's a kinda' crappy pic of what my guy did for me. The design and production was $215 for both sides of the boat and the hailing port on the stern. About the same as a similar sized two tone graphic from Boat US and that wouldn't include the graphics from out home state flag that we wanted.

I did use the "Dry" application as explained on the Boat US site. I did the "Wet" method on my previous boat and "Dry" is hands down the best way to go.

 

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I used signspecialist dot com...for multiple colored, shadowed letters with boat name and city/state for FOURTY EIGHT DOLLARS! It came within a few days and was perfect! All other quotes I had gotten were almost triple that. They let you do as mush customizing as you want. I'd use them again in a second!


 

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I recently used Doityourselflettering.com and can recommend them for price, quality and quick turnaround.

Stuart
 

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of course, if you want custom graphics, then the price goes up... I wanted to have a custom logo for the boat, and got it on both sides as well as the transom.



 

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I don't think they'd work very well on an inflatable. The inflation/deflation would soon cause them to fall off IMHO.
Is there such a thing as a vinyl or other stick-on graphic (not just block letters) that is flexible enough to work on a hypalon inflatable dinghy?
 

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Thanks -- I used this for the registration numbers and it has held up pretty well. I was hoping for something with a little more pizzazz for the name. It would have to be stencil or stick-on graphics because I have no artistic ability whatsoever. :p I can't even draw stick figures straight. And I'm too darned cheap to hire a sign painter. I got laid off last week. :(

 

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I would recommend a local sign maker/graphics company. Vinyl comes in lots of different grades and thicknesses. Many of the cheaper on-line companies are going to use a cheaer grade of material. I much prefer to see and touch the materials I am getting before I pay for them. (unless you can verify what you are getting from on-line company.)
 

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Is there such a thing as a vinyl or other stick-on graphic (not just block letters) that is flexible enough to work on a hypalon inflatable dinghy?
Besides the inflation/deflation issues, the thermal expansion of the two materials are too different for them to stay bonded together.
 

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Greetings,
We're taking delivery of our C&C 39 Landfall in a few hours. The painted-on name on the transom is faded, vinyl letters sound like the way to go. How do I remove the old name? Will paint thinner attack the fiberglass? or do I have to repaint the whole transom?

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To remove the painted on name, use Easy Off Oven Cleaner... provided your hull isn't painted... :) The area under the letters will appear slightly different in color to the rest of the gelcoat, but the difference should fade with time.
 

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myboatsign.com

You can design online, or with their help. If you go to a boat show where they have a booth, they'll work with you right there. I've had several made as have some friends. In fact, when I wanted to give one of those friends a half hull model as a Christmas gift, Michael at MyBoatSign provided a scale vinyl graphic at no charge. Good Guy....
 

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How do I remove the old name?
I never tried the Easy Off, but there are paint removers for fiberglass. Works well. DO NOT use ZIPIT or similar stuff from Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

Will paint thinner attack the fiberglass?
No. In general, paint thinner is a gentle solvent.

We used the local FastSigns franchise and paid $82 for both sides and the hailing port on the transom. Holding up well after 4 seasons. Installed it ourselves while the boat was in the water (NOT recommended). The following link shows the name:

VICTORIA’S Bimini
 
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