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To wrap a boat that is the question 24 Jul 2017 21:03 #1

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Hello all 2655 is what i have. The paint is looking pretty bad. Called a few boat places to get an idea of what it would cost. I get anywhere from 8k to 12k to have repainted. I thought that was crazy so i looked into wraps. With the highest price being 4k. My question is how long do they last or is this something you dont do on boats? I mean there is a glue or something that holds it to the boat. And with a boat that sits in water id think that the wrap would start to get water in on a corner or something and start to peel off in a year or so? If you have a boat that has been wrapped id love to hear from you! I just think a repaint is too much $.

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To wrap a boat that is the question 24 Jul 2017 21:09 #2

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I wrapped my boat. Did it myself. No need for a glue, just need a clean hull with no imperfections, or they will show. Its a bit of a pain to do, materials costed me about 400-500 dollars US to cover a 2855. Water will not get in as long as it is wrapped above the waterline.

Now for the downside, it lasted about 2 seasons, after that there it losses the shine due to scratches. It look fine from about 20 feet , but up close... not so much. 4K for a wrap is insanity and not worth it at all

My advice, get the paint job. I removed the vinyl, took about 6 hours and 2 people. Then primed it and painted with 2 part epoxy paint, in my case Interlux Perfection. We did it ourselves and it looks a lot a lot a lot better even comparing to the wrap when it was new. Paint is actually gloss and supposed to stay that way for a long long time. You can do it yourself, just do roll and tip or get someone to do it. Perfection is now discontinued, however you can still get it. There are other paints like Awlgrip or Impron, but you need a specialist to do it, it is expensive, but supposed to look great . Another DIY option is Epifanes 2 part epoxy paint.


Also, you mentioned worn out paint, i doubt it is paint, it is most likely still gelcoat. if your gelcoat does not look good, you can just buff it , unless it is down to bare fiberglass, which i doubt. If you do it right it will look brand new after buffing if done right.

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To wrap a boat that is the question 27 Jul 2017 12:50 #3

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I own a wrap company that specializes in Marine applications. Your size boat, solid color, sides only and below rub rail should be in the $1,500-1,700 range. Thats using a good film either 3M or Avery. A custom wrap using your business or other graphic will change price significantly in some cases. For your boat, A custom job would be in the $2,600-3,000. That would be full blown high def graphics. I don't see where $4,000 comes from. There are very very few people that can do this competently and alot of them tend to gouge.
Yes, all imperfections must come out or they will "ghost" through along with any remnants of stripes or decals. You can sand for a day in some cases and think your done but, nope gotta keep going. the vinyl actually amplifies imperfections especially darker colors. The best part of vinyl is no more ceremonious buffing and waxing.
The colors shouldn't fade with a true marine grade wrap, they are good for atleast 8-10 years and gloss wraps can waxed with a synthetic wax to fill small scratches in and keep color fresh.
There are just some things you cant do with paint...Not trying to plug but, here is an example of why people choose vinyl

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To wrap a boat that is the question 27 Jul 2017 13:04 #4

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Posts plugging your business should be put in BOC MALL. Otherwise your post is a-ok, so just an advisory note more than anything.

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To wrap a boat that is the question 27 Jul 2017 13:10 #5

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Download_Complete wrote: Posts plugging your business should be put in BOC MALL. Otherwise your post is a-ok, so just an advisory note more than anything.


corrected. Thank you

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