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Fitting Hints & Tips

Boat Graphics
(Including jet-skis etc...)

Firstly ensure that the panels are clean, (free from dust, wax, grease etc.), and try to avoid working in extremely hot, cold or windy conditions. If large vinyls are to be fitted, it may help if two people work together.

You can either fit the vinyl wet or dry, (see below.) Wet application should mainly be used on larger items, or if you are new to the process. (The water helps to make repositioning easier.) Dry application is quicker, but much more care must be taken to avoid air-bubbles etc appearing in the vinyl.

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water spray bottle
Wet application:

Firstly moisten the panel, either using a spray-bottle or sponge/non-fluffy cloth etc. (a very slight amount of mild washing-up liquid can be added if required, though it's not normally essential.)

Dry application:

No need for any the above!
Carefully remove the vinyl graphics by lifting up the 'application tape' from the 'silicon release paper backing', (making sure that all the vinyl decals are lifted up with it), avoiding finger marks on the vinyl itself. Larger sheets may need two people to work together. One to hold the application tape/graphics by two corners, and the other to carefully peel back the white, glossy silicon backing paper. When it's nearly all removed the second person should then take hold of the remaining two corners of the tape/graphics. It can now be taken over to the boat, keeping it taut as you go, and avoiding fabrics, clothing etc., otherwise dust and fluff can be attracted to the static of the vinyl.
(Note: If any parts of the graphic refuses to lift, simply place the whole graphic (still on its backing) on a firm surface and rub over the 'application tape' with your finger nail to press the section back against the silicon paper. Also see the 'Problem solving' section below for further details.)
vinyl photo
vinyl photo
Tack the graphics gently on the panel, using a tape measure at this point if required. If it needs repositioning, quickly pull it off and try again.
Once you are happy with the positioning, start to flatten it to the surface using a plastic squeegee, firm credit card or a cloth. It may help if you hold the vinyl slightly away from the surface as you proceed. Working from the centre outwards, press down the vinyl pushing the water/air out towards the edges. If using the 'wet' method, try to avoid letting the vinyl slide about as you are working.
vinyl photo
vinyl photo
If fitted dry, the application tape can now be carefully removed by peeling away from the panel at 180 degrees, (flat on itself.) Note: If fitted using the 'wet application' method, you may need to wait for quite a while before removing the application tape. (It is impossible to give a precise timescale as no two situations are the same. Cold temperatures, inticacy of the design, and even the brand/concentration of any added washing-up liquid can all have an affect on the drying-time. It's best if you can check every so often to see if the application tape can be carefully removed. If the graphics have not yet adhered to the panel, then it will need to be left longer.)
Once fitted, check for any water/air bubbles. If they won't push out, use a pin or scalpel blade to carefully pop them, then squeeze out the water/air. (Note: It's always best to prick one edge of the bubble, rather than the centre. You can then push the water/air out towards the pinhole.)
Job done!
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The boat should be left as long as possible before taking to water, to allow the adhesive time to 'cure', especially if fitted using the 'wet application' method.
Please do not wash or polish boat panel for at least one week.
(Thereafter, normal washing can be done, but care must always be taken, especially with dusters and sponges, around the decal edges.) If using a steam-cleaner, always keep the nozzle a reasonable distance away from the graphics, and preferably point it directly at them [90 degrees] - rather than on an angle. (This helps to prevent water from being forced sideways under the vinyl at full force.)



These instructions, as well as any others on this site, are merely intended as a guide to fitting our various products. Although we endeavour to be as efficient as possible with our instructions, and include as many details as we can, we cannot be held responsible for any problems, damages or indeed injuries, which might occur. As with all DIY projects, the person or persons carrying out the work is/are held responsible. ( Terms and Conditions )