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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
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.
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.)
No need for any the above!
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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'
Please do not wash or polish boat panel for at least one
normal washing can be done, but care must always be taken,
especially with dusters and sponges, around the decal
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.)
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
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