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Old 10-04-2012, 17:48   #16
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Re: Boat Name - Painted vs Decal

For all sorts of philosophical reasons, I will have our boat name done by an artist.
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Old 10-04-2012, 17:51   #17
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You're lucky to know someone who still does that sort of work.

The fellow who painted the name on my previous boat insisted that no one be aboard for the two days it took him to paint, and he couldn't work in inclement weather, including a strong breeze. When the work was completed, he'd give the owner a 15 minute lecture on how to care for the painting--you couldn't wax it or you'd take the paint off--and how we'd know when it was time to have the paint touched up.

Some folks would end up having to get their designs repainted every five years.

Vinyl lasts longer, costs less initially, is easier to maintain, and doesn't require multiple days to apply. Hard to argue with that on aesthetic grounds.

Yeah I work on a lot of classic bright finished wood boats with old school lettering like that. The first time the new guy takes a buffer to the 24 kt. gold leaf on an old Garwood when trying to wax it is also the last!
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For all sorts of philosophical reasons, I will have our boat name done by an artist.
Any reason the artist can't be you? Would be as personal as the name. I might use my nephew http://www.colelemke.com/ to depict what I want, as he is an artist, but it will be a digital file so that I can set up for the creation of a vinyl transfer.
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I use vinyl, but have had a problem w/ fading in the past. Now I spray w/ a clear polyurethane paint. Stops fading & peeling when washing w/ brushes. This works for me.. Michael..
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Prefer hand painted myself. The local sign painter (a lot of boats and big-rigs) who did mine spent the whole time drinking beer and sparring with his drunk girlfriend who kept threatening to knock him in the elbow while rocking the finger as he painted free-hand. I thought "this isn't going to end well" but he got the colors and the simple font just right and it turned out to be just about the most entertaining $200 (both sides of my double ender) I'd ever spent. Decal, yeah, but this was nicer all around and more fun.
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our name is 2 tone layered vinyl, we used an online place. used premium 3M material $45 for a 48"x16" decal. I fubr'd it the first time. I called and explained what happened... they replaced it for free, including shipping...... I am very pleased with the results. Local places wanted 250-350 for the same exact decal. I never checked into painting but I bet its more that $45 bux. Heres a link:
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Re: Boat Name - Painted vs Decal

Thanks for all the feedback, I think we are leaning in the direction of ordering a decal, but my biggest fear is messing it up when applying it. It will be on the transom, so likely to be fairly large. Any tips for applying it so it doesn't end up slanted when it's not supposed to be?
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Thanks for all the feedback, I think we are leaning in the direction of ordering a decal, but my biggest fear is messing it up when applying it. It will be on the transom, so likely to be fairly large. Any tips for applying it so it doesn't end up slanted when it's not supposed to be?

Yes-pay a pro. I don't know about your locale, but here the vinyl lettering guys are cheap and really good. There are a number of tricks of the trade which they use to acheive perfect lettering. If you have never done it before and have a large or complex graphic it can be quite difficult to get perfect, and you only have one shot. Squirt bottles and squeegees are the order of the day. A good vinyl guy will only take a couple of hours and it might cost you a bill or two. Totally worth it. Unless you have small simple lettering and you are trying to save a buck.
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You can check out Vinyl Cut Decals & Stickers*|*Low Cost High Quality Decals & Stickers I have ordered through them before. The quality holds up really well and I would imagine would be much better then paint. A little more versatile as well.
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There was a very nice lady here in Miami who painted boat names topless. She did very nice work. Might still be doing it.
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There was a very nice lady here in Miami who painted boat names topless. She did very nice work. Might still be doing it.
When I met her few years back at huricane cove Marina she used to work completely naked.
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