I had posted about removing the Lagoon
'dot' style transfer on the windows as part of an update that included refreshing the vinyl that has been on the hulls since new. (coming up to 5 years in August). I thought I would post some pictures and thoughts.
The first is that, 'as advertised', having vinyl covering the hulls does indeed keep the original gel coat in 'as new condition'. It looks pristine once the vinyl is removed.
That 'removal' part is a tough job but not as bad as I had thought. Someone said the removal
is lubricated by tears and while it does hurt the hands it's not torture.
Working an hour a day (on my own) I did the top half meter around the boat
in three days. Then, help arrived and with two eager helpers we managed to get all but the section under the bridge-deck done in two 4 hour days. (we left the under bridge-deck section as we were doing this in with the boat
run the water
and it was just too hard to get too.)
The process itself involves a heat gun ( a hair dryer will work
and on a really sunny day perhaps neither) and finger nails to pick the edge.
It comes of in bits and there's a rediculous sense of achievement when a section over a few meters long comes away.
Then, with the vinyl removed, comes the cleaning
behind the vinyl comes off sporadically with the vinyl but mostly it leaves gum behind. We used acetone and rags to remove it although I believe dishwashing detergent does well too.
Then we lifted the boat and removed the final section under the bridge-deck in a bout ten minutes and continued cleaning
'on the dry'.
As with most things: preparation is the big part of applying the vinyl so the hulls really need to be clean - as in spotless. The best gauge of this is the hand. If you can feel it you need to remove it. Every dot of glue has to go.
The rest of the job I left to the professionals.
They do a final 'clean' with alcohol but that is about dust removal
The vinyl comes in 10, 20 and 25 meter rolls (I think) and each roll is 1m 52cm wide. That means to cover from deck
to just above the water
line requires one width roll and another section maybe 30 - 40 cm s wide (I didn't measure it, the professionals did.) Suffice it to say there is a seam. We decided to locate that seam at the bottom - as opposed to the original application that had it running along where Lagoon
has an indent about half window height - and it looks fine.
The application took three guys about a day and a half. (it was windy and so it took them a little longer than they had hoped.)
I had the bedroom windows recovered at the same time with a black version of the Lagoon white dots.
(They will return to do the salon
window treatments and two sections beside the stairs leading to the flybridge, after easter - these can be done with the boat in the water.)
So in conclusion: I would recommend it as a way to change the look of your boat and to protect the gel coat. Removal is not torture but is laborious (we could not find anyone to do it even if we wanted too and the vinyl people said they would not do it.) Preparation is paramount, as is a clean dust free environment
preferably with wind
protection... and no rain.
This new vinyl is guaranteed for 5 years and can be polished nine times. (or so it says). Cost (not including boat lift
onto the dry ) but including windows and application is around 2,200 eur ex VAT
Anyway here are some pics.
I hope they upload in some kind of order. First should show the original vinyl coming off in scraps, then the clean boat with white hulls, then the beginning of the application followed by a shot showing the green razor tape that they use to trim the vinyl and finally a finished shot..