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Anyone ever wrap the hull of a boat?

Paint is nice...and expensive and looking at the possible option of using a 3M type wrap similar to that on a car...but of course 

more durable for wet marine conditions.

Cost of a 30' sailboat to paint vs wrap?

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I crew on a J112e with a grey wrap. It looks pretty damn great. I want to say he paid $4k for it an it's been on for 5 years. There was a little touch up at one point to replace a couple torn bits.

 

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I've had painted/wrapped/gel-coated.

For complex graphics - go wrap. Cost varies on complexity and sq. footage of material in addition to which material used.

If you will not have the boat longer than 5 years - go Wrap.

If you want a dark and shiny single color - go Awlgrip or Sterling.

If you want a bright red, orange, yellow, neon - go Awlgrip or Sterling.

If you want the lightest weight - go Primer.

If you want the most durable white - go Gelcoat.

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The wrap works fine . Long lasting 

i know boats that have used film for years

it’s defect is that the film is soft and is easily damaged. Be alert 

tenders , mooring  balls , equipment like boarding ladders , travel lift straps 

also ,  keep it away from the waterline 

shipyard power washers blow the edge off 

use a painted boot stripe 

 

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3 minutes ago, Murphness said:

Is there some window of time that it's easier to remove? At some point does it become nearly impossible because of hardening/cracking?

When the film is young it comes off in great sheets 

as it ages and get scratches ,dings  removal takes more time  to remove because the film breaks and comes off in smaller pieces 

i suspect that if you used film on a horizontal , max uv , max abuse surface removal may be tedious 

 

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7 hours ago, Grrr... said:

Heat to peel, then adhesive remover.

 

6 hours ago, Murphness said:

Is there some window of time that it's easier to remove? At some point does it become nearly impossible because of hardening/cracking?

No time window I am aware of.  Depends on several things but generally the longer it has been on the harder it is to get off.

This web-site provides some direction: https://www.expert-mobile-car-detailing.com/removing-decals.html

Basically the guy says heat tool should be tried first and if that doesn't work well, then a 3M Eraser tool (Stripe Off) https://www.amazon.ca/3M-Stripe-Wheel-Mandrel-Diameter/dp/B00063VT0G or similar product.  That will get the vinyl sheet off, but adhesive residue will need to be remove after that.

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5 hours ago, 12 metre said:

then a 3M Eraser tool (Stripe Off) https://www.amazon.ca/3M-Stripe-Wheel-Mandrel-Diameter/dp/B00063VT0G or similar product.  That will get the vinyl sheet off, but adhesive residue will need to be remove after that.

Those things are intended for removing pinstripes and that sort of thing.

Doing an entire boat hull? I think I'd start sanding or sell.

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1 hour ago, SloopJonB said:

Those things are intended for removing pinstripes and that sort of thing.

Doing an entire boat hull? I think I'd start sanding or sell.

Agreed.  But might be worth a shot if a heat gun doesn't do the trick.  IDK.

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