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Easy Steps for Professional Installation

Contents of this page (Click on titles)

Do I use Water method or Dry hinge method

Surface preparation & Marking out

Water method

Dry Hinge method

A Hull with Chines

Stripes

Removing Bubbles

Removing Old Names

Print version

To make it as easy as possible for you, our Boat Names generally come in one piece and are sandwiched between a paper layer of transfer tape and a waxed backing.

Remove your boat name from its shipping tube. Let it flatten out in a warm room for 24 hours where pets and children can't find it.

Applying you new name is simple if you follow these instructions exactly. There are two different methods of appyling your names depending on surface type, Name size, and weather conditions. Choose the best method for your circumstances and read all the way through before starting.

The DO NOTS

  • DO NOT attempt if the surface or air temperature is colder than 5 degrees Celsius. (40 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • DO NOT apply to hot surfaces or dark surfaces in direct sunlight.
  • DO NOT attempt on a windy day.
  • DO NOT get backing paper wet.

....When to use Water Method ............

Recommended for shinny surfaces, such as new fibre glass, old fibre glass that has not had too much sun damage and still has a bit of a gloss to it. Dull surfaces trap a very fine layer of water that takes a long time to dry and makes the process more difficult. It is a good idea to use this method if you have a light breeze or a large name, Large names also require a person at each end. Boats with Chines that you have to go over (these look like planks and are mainly found on aluminium boats) But only use this method when they are painted. Do not use the water method on unpainted aluminium even if you have to go over chines. Please see the special section near the bottom if you have a Hull with CHINES

When to use Dry Hinge Method

This method is used for unpainted aluminium or very dull surfaces that will trap a fine layer of water.

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....Surface Preparation Both methods

All surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned before applying your vinyl graphics. Remove any dried matter such as tape or glue carefully with a single edge razor blade. (See Removing Old Vinyl or Painted Names at the bottom of this page)

Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics. Clean the area with window cleaner. Fibreglass & plastics or recently polished surfaces (within the last 3 months ), saturate a clean cloth with methylated spirits or prepsol and wipe the surface clean. If using prepsol, follow immediately (as you are going along) with a clean dry cloth.

.............Marking Out Both methods

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If you're lettering the sides of the vessel, pick a piece of hardware common to both port and starboard as a reference point BEFORE you begin. You'll really want to double check position of both sides before adhering either! Sometimes one side of the boat surprises you with a drain or a mystery window.

To get the name straight, start with a piece of tape on one corner. Slap it up there where you think it should go. For hulls with Chines (these look like planks) sit the base line of your lettering just above a Chine, this will reduce the number of chines you have to cross. You can always move it if you don't like the position. Bring the other side into position and tack it down with another piece of tape. Use a tape measure to be sure it is level. If you have a straight edge on the paper backing to measure to, great! If not, measure from the edges of similar letters. Remember that some letters (like o's and s's) normally sink below the line of text. Once you have positioned it correctly make sure you have everyone's approval.

....Water Method..........

You will Need: Your printed instructions (supplied in your kit) Plastic squeegee (supplied in your kit) A small cutting knife or razor blade, A Spray bottle filled with a mixture of dish soap and water. (The mixture ratio is; 3 drops of soap to 1 cup of water), , 2 clean dry rags, and a Tape measure.

And for large names, another person. (Large names are ones you can't comfortably reach each end of yourself)

Start by following "Surface preparation" and "Marking out" sections above.

Apply lines for repositioning

Draw with a pencil across the edge of the paper and onto the boat on several sides, this means you can reposition it exactly. Then remove the name from the boat and place upside down on a clean surface out of the wind so that you can remove the backing and spray the sticky side of the lettering.

Spray

Spray the surface of the boat as well with the soapy water, this allows you to lift and re-place the name if necessary. It dose not reduce the final adhesion of your name. Reposition the name to the pencil marks.

Squeegee

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Once the graphic is back in position and lying perfectly flat on the surface, Start from the centre work outward, use firm strokes with the squeegee to force the water out from beneath the individual letters or elements contained in your name. After most of the water is squeegeed out, let it sit for 30 minutes (have a coffee)

Remove the transfer tape

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Now it is time to remove the transfer tape from the graphic and reveal the final product. To remove the transfer tape without difficulty, spray with water and soap mixture and wait 2 minutes for the transfer tape paper to become slightly soggy. Gently remove the transfer tape flat against the surface & at a 45-degree angle to the vertical bars of the lettering. Be careful not to pull the graphic up with the transfer tape. If it dose start to lift off simply place back down squeegee again and leave a little longer.

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....Dry Hinge Method...........

You Will Need: Your printed instructions (supplied in your kit) Plastic squeegee (supplied in your kit) A small cutting knife or razor blade, 2 clean dry rags, 1 roll of masking tape preferably 50mm wide, and a Tape measure.

And for large names, another person. (Large names are ones you can't comfortably reach each end of yourself)

Start by following "Surface preparation" and "Marking out" sections above.

Make a Hinge

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Apply 50mm masking tape to the top of the name. Half on the transfer tape and half on the boat (as shown). This strip will be used as a hinge that will insure the graphic does not move during the squeegee process.

Special Hint for large or long graphics.

If the lettering is too large or long to handle in one piece, after the hinge is in place, cut between each letter or a manageable section and lay them down independently.

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Remove the Backing

Hold the bottom edge of the hinged graphic away from the intended surface and carefully remove the backing to reveal the sticky back of the vinyl. (You can flip it upside down as in the photo above if you like)

CAUTION!

Do not let the exposed graphic touch the intended surface. The back of the graphic is very tacky and will tightly adhere to the surface. If the placement is not correct, removing the graphic for re-placement will be very difficult or impossible without causing damage to the vinyl.

Squeegee

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While still holding the hinged graphic away from the intended surface. Using the squeegee and starting from the top, begin to put the graphic to the intended surface. Note: Work from top to bottom. Do not let the entire graphic fall onto the intended surface. If lines or creases develop, Try lifting it just enough and replacing it. If that fails just squeegee lightly over the damaged area and try peeling up the damaged area and pushing it back down smooth after you have removed the transfer tape.

Remove the transfer tape

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To remove the transfer tape without difficulty, apply some water to the front of it and wait 2 minutes for the transfer tape paper to become slightly soggy. Gently remove the transfer tape flat against the surface & at a 45-degree angle to the vertical bars of the lettering. Be careful not to pull the graphic up with the transfer tape.

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....A Hull with Chines..........

(these look like planks, as illustrated below)

When painted, use Water when unpainted, use Dry method

But for BOTH follow the squeegee pattern below

Do not use the boat within 24 hrs of application

Remember work from top to bottom, with chines it is necessary to finish applying the vinyl completely to the first chine before moving down to the next flat surface. To do this, keep the unattached vinyl tight & away from the surface (wind dose not help this) You need to push it onto the surface at your pace, without it jumping across the valley.

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Again make sure as this will save a lot of time latter. If applying wet it is best to wait 5 minutes after finishing each valley for the water dry out & let the vinyl stick properly. Be sure to keep the rest of the lettering away from the surface or it will stick there too. Run your finger along the valley from the centre out 5 times, then twice with the rounded corner of the squeegee until the vinyl is snugly fitted into the valley before proceeding down, be patient. Be careful when you squeegee down on the next valley that it doesn't pull away from the valley, if this happens you have slightly to much soap in the water. (Empty half the soapy water out & replace with fresh water) To fix this carefully lift the lettering back to the valley, spray with the less soapy water & apply again. If it doesn't allow you to go back without stretching the vinyl you will have to fix it after you have finished the whole job and removed the transfer tape. See Fixing Valley jumps on chines below. But for now leave the transfer tape on for at least 30 mins. Go have a coffee

Remove the transfer tape

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To remove the transfer tape without difficulty, apply some water to the front of it and wait 2 minutes for the transfer tape paper to become slightly soggy. Gently remove the transfer tape flat against the surface & at a 45-degree angle to the vertical bars of the lettering. Be careful not to pull the name up with the transfer tape. You may need to follow along behind with the squeegee holding down the exposed vinyl to relieve the stress on it and stop it stretching.

Fixing Valley jumps on chines

To fix these warm up a little bit not to much with a hair dryer and push the vinyl into the valley. You may need to pop some bubbles to let air or water out first. If they are server and your chines are quite deep you can cut the vinyl under the chine and it won't be seen from side on.

....Stripes..........

Start by measuring down from a line on the boat that will be parallel to your stripe, place pencil marks using a soft pencil so that they are quite dark and easy to see. It's better to mark where the top of the line will go, that way the stripe & it's shadow don't get in the way of seeing the marks. If you are applying two stripes do the bottom one first. Place a mark every 2 paces with the first starting before the final starting point of your stripes.

Now apply masking tape trying to place it 1mm above these marks, ( If you are applying two stripes, use masking tape that is the same width as the gap you would like between the two colours) If you are only applying one stripe use 50mm wide tape as it stays straight easier. If you are right handed always work from left to right. Look down the masking with your face about the length of your forearm away from the surface, keep the tape firm so that it doesn't sag, but don't stretch it, you have to be pulling quite hard to do that. Keeping your eye on the marks and the edge of the tape simply bring them slowly together.

Push with a finger point at the closest mark to attach the tape just in that one spot. Now move 2 paces down and do the same but this time as you're bringing the tape in to line up with the marks you have to keep an I on the previous section lining the new up with the old so there is no kink. remember to keep the tape firm.

Once you have reached the end go back to the beginning and just tap the masking tape on occasionally. .Now looking down it see if you can spot any high or low areas, if so mark them with an arrow to indicate the direction that they go in.

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Now start to apply the stripe in the same way, counteracting the highs and lows. For stripe wider than 75mm it's better to use the lightly soapy water, just spray it under the striping one section at a time, Remember not to get the backing wet, if you do remove it immediately. When you get to the end DO NOT tap it down. Get the squeegee and push down firmly all the way along.

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Remove the transfer tape and pop any bubbles using instructions below. If you are applying a second stripe leave the masking there.

Use the same method of application for the second stripe but place it above the masking this time (So you need to use masking tape that is the same width as the gap you would like)

Now place your arrow head on over the front so that it over laps. Trim the edges to the stripe width & you have finished. To remove any bubbles see below.

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.........Removing Bubbles Both methods

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Finally, With hard pressure squeegee out any remaining water bubbles using a little soapy water to help the squeegee slip. If bubbles are still visible, simply pop them with a needle at one end & press with the back of your fingernail gently. Don't worry about small bubbles they should disappear in a week or two.

Congratulations!

Again, Thank you for your purchase and feel free to contact us with any questions about applying to unusual surfaces or future needs you may have.

Boat Names Australia cannot be responsible for damage that might be done to the lettering while in use. This also applies to problems caused by failure to follow installation instructions properly. In this instance we are happy to replace the affected area at cost price. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Removal

Removing old Vinyl

Ghost images

Removing old Paint

 

....Removing Old Vinyl...........

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The best way is to push a flat tool (not too sharp) against the corners of the letters to lift them. Then slowly peel the vinyl up, if you go too fast then either some glue will remain or the vinyl will break.
A good way to prevent breaking is to heat up the vinyl a little bit. Just facing the side of the boat your working on towards the sun will usually heat up the lettering or graphics enough. Other times you will have to use a Hair Dryer (Not a Heat Gun as they are so hot they can easily destroy the boat's surface). This heating will help the vinyl stretch instead of breaking.

If glue is left on the boat then use a rag soaked in mineral turpentine to soften it. Apply to a few letters at a time, let it sit for a minute or two then you can scrape the bulk of the glue off with a fairly blunt instrument. Now you should only have a very thin layer of glue that can easily be rubbed off with the turps rag. This can be a bit messy & take a little time but is not difficult. If mineral turpentine is not working too well then you may use liqueur thinner, but test some on a safe area first, this is very strong and may damage the surface.

...If there is a "ghost" of the old name.......

1. You can order your name a bit bigger, it doesn't usually matter if the new name won't cover the old one completely as the contrast distracts your eyes so much you won't even notice a slight discolouring of the background surface. However the sun and oxidation will slowly bring it back to original surface tone.

2.You can buy bleaching agents from marine stores especially designed for fiber glass boats that work well, you will probably have a lot left over but it's always useful.

....Removing Old Paint..............

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DO NOT USE PAINT STRIPPER

To remove old paint sand (the painted area only) with 400 grit paper in a circular motion to remove the bulk of the paint.

Then wet & dry the surface with 1200 grit paper. Cut & polish using a non silicone based polish, then buff it & finally clean the surface well with metho or prepsol before applying your new name.
If using prepsol, follow immediately (as you are going along) with a clean dry cloth.

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