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    Vinyl Wrapping a hull......Has anyone done this?

    I have a 2011 28 foot Ciera 2855 Bravo III 350 mag. The blue hull looks horrible. I tried everything to make it look presentable....compound, wax, polish...etc. I'm thinking of either vinyl Wrap or painting. Not looking to spend a lot of money. So my questions are....
    1) Approx cost including installation. ( I live in New Jersey)
    2) how long does it last?
    3) Does it fade?
    4) Durable?
    5) Good idea overall?

    Thanks.
    Mike

    #2
    Photos?

    You're probably better off painting it. Cheaper and more durable.
    Current boats: 1989 Bayliner Avanti 4285 & 1986 Catalina 30 Sailboat
    Past boats:
    1979 Catalina 30
    1997 Bayliner 2855
    1996 Bayliner 2855
    1990 Bayliner Avanti 2955

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      #3
      Here are two pics of a 38 Bayliner, done about 3 years ago here in Anacortes, WA

      Hull was white and now blue viynl wrapped.

      Owner said cost was about $15K and is easy to repair if damaged. To paint it was about $30K

      He showed me how simple it is to repair with a heat gun...Impressive.

      David

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        #4
        I have not done this, but I have had a lot of vinyl graphics on the hills of previous boats I have owned.

        If you keep the boat at a dock, you can expect your bumpers to do a lot of damage, especially on windy or wavy days.

        Also, UV will do a lot of fading. Expect to have to redo the job every 10 years, probably sooner if you live in a more sunny/warmer climate.
        Edd M. Schillay
        Captain of the "Starship Enterprise" / NCC-1701-C
        2002 Bayliner 3788
        Venice Yacht Club / Venice Island, FL

        Our prime directive: Wherever we go, we go boldly.

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          #5
          Prism Graphics does wraps on boats. They do a great job and are reasonably priced (cheaper than 15k one in Anacortes for a 38). Wrapping is way cheaper than painting and the vinyl will hold up really well. I have had it before with no issues at all. You just have to get a very experienced installer to make sure they do a good job on the seems and the hard angle locations (they'll use adhesive there too).
          1997 Bayliner 2588 Cierra 7.4 Bravo 1 - Mahal
          (past)1997 Bayliner 4788 w/330 Cummins - Phoenix
          (past) 1987 Bayliner 3218 w/135 Hino - True Story

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            #6
            Originally posted by CaptainEdd View Post
            Also, UV will do a lot of fading. Expect to have to redo the job every 10 years, probably sooner if you live in a more sunny/warmer climate.
            It can be as little as 2 years in places like Florida. The industry guys I talked to basically said Vinyl is temporary by design. Depends on how your boat is stored too. Marina, lift, or a shed. Vinyl is also generally far more sensitive to chemicals, diesel, and gasoline. Any solvents won't be kind to it.

            I got wildly different quotes depending on the company I talked to. I wouldn't go for the lowest bidder as longevity of wrap depends on the materials and application process. The prep can be extensive.
            More of a personal opinion but as a flat shade I feel paint always looks much better. Vinyl has a plastic look I can't get past. But if you're happy with the look that's all that maters.
            Current boats: 1989 Bayliner Avanti 4285 & 1986 Catalina 30 Sailboat
            Past boats:
            1979 Catalina 30
            1997 Bayliner 2855
            1996 Bayliner 2855
            1990 Bayliner Avanti 2955

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              #7
              Thank you all for your reply!! I'll get some estimates, but if the price is higher then i want to spend, then i'll just let it be... It seems it may not be as durable as I was hoping for.

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                #8
                For what it's worth, everyone I know with vinyl is happy with the outcome so far. It's not a bad solution.

                The reason I pursued it is I thought it's easier to apply in the state of WA. There are almost no yards that will let you spray.
                Current boats: 1989 Bayliner Avanti 4285 & 1986 Catalina 30 Sailboat
                Past boats:
                1979 Catalina 30
                1997 Bayliner 2855
                1996 Bayliner 2855
                1990 Bayliner Avanti 2955

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                  #9
                  The previous owner of my boat had the blue painted because original gel coat was faded. I bought the boat in 2013 and it still looks great, I have never had to take compound to it, I just use Finess It and wax. I did have some repairs done over the years, when I bought the boat the port side had some docking damage that needed two thirds of the blue repaired and repainted that cost $600 and I also had the starboard side repaired from gouges from a steel post at a dock in Canada, that repair was $250. I consider both repairs inexpensive to have done, I would think if I had a wrap it would of been alot more.
                  I find the painted blue to be very durable and easy to maintain. I did ask my glass guy how much the entire blue would cost to do and he said between $2600-$3000.
                  Attached Files
                  Dave
                  2004 Bayliner 305(twin 220hp Bravo II drives)
                  2008 Yamaha FX Cruiser
                  2012 Yamaha FX Cruiser HO
                  http://baylinerownersclub.org/galler...2_itemId=11187

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                    #10
                    Friend wrapped his Searay 2-1/2 years ago. Blue and wood grain. Still looks as good as the first day
                    Attached Files
                    1992 4588
                    WitchWay

                    Seadoo Wake 170

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