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Old 17-02-2020, 09:48   #1
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BoatWrap instead of painting ???

Thanks everyone for previous tips on how to remove heavy oxidization on my 48' blue hull. I am about to haul to deal with the problem when someone suggested vinyl BOAT WRAP. Any comments ??? THANKS / Roger
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Old 17-02-2020, 09:59   #2
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

We have been thinking about it. We don't want a graphic, but a solid color. I've gotten comments both good and bad. I've also looked at a couple of ocean racers with 3-5 year old graphic wraps on them and was not really impressed with how they have held up.

In the end it may just come down to the difference between the cost of a paint job vs. the cost of the wrap. An Imron or Awlgrip job will look good for 10-15 years depending on the color. A wrap may only look good for 5 years, maybe?
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Old 17-02-2020, 09:59   #3
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

It likely would get wrecked when boat was lifted in slings to get put back in water. If not would seem like would not stand up to action of fenders at a dock. No experience, just thoughts.
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

I was with a friend who was looking at a 56' boat with a hull wrap. It had been on for seven years and looked like new except for one little snag in a not-easy-to-see spot. That's seven years of monthly cruising, fenders rubbing against docks, etc. Broker said the owner spent 9k on the wrap and it would have cost 40k for an equivalent paint job. The wrap needs no waxing; wash it down and you're good to go. Replace it every nine or ten years and it would take you forty years to equal one paint job. Makes sense to me.

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THANKS J&D;
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Old 17-02-2020, 15:35   #6
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

I think the big issue is one bad docking and you tear the wrap. Then for the life of the wrap you always have this band aid stuck on the side of your boat. I have surveyed a few boats that have been wrapped and the repairs just look awful close up. I have also seen the wrap bubble on a cat with a wet core.
I think they need to work out how you can touch up the wrap with a new piece then heat gun the edges smooth so the repair is invisible. That to me would make the wrap more viable.
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

All good info. Tending now to condor just wet-sand and seal with "something".
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Old 17-02-2020, 17:08   #8
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

I have used it with great success for trim. As others have said, seems a bit fragile for a full-hull wrap.

For anybody looking for a lifespan yardstick... vinyl lettering is made of basically the same stuff. If they are horizontal they last a dozen years, if they have much vertical exposure, about 8 or ten and they start to look a bit faded.
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Old 17-02-2020, 17:21   #9
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

My 2019 Saba was wrapped a little over a year ago (3M 1080 Sterling Silver.) It's holding up well. She's been hauled twice, just have to be careful (we insert blankets under the lift straps)

You will get damage from touching the dock or the occasional fender rub (we use soft fender covers) but the repairs are simple and cannot be seen at a distance greater than ~10' You'll note a small nick in the wrap on the Starboard bow - this was repaired shortly after the photo was taken and took about 15 minutes.
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What I reckon would be cool is fixing the damaged bits of wrap with a graphic that reflects your boat name. CSQ see your boat is called Ghost so you could stick little Caspers over the damged area? I know a charter fishing vessel that just ads another coloured fish when their wrap is damaged.
If you are not worried about the finish from closer than 10 feet you could just roll some paint on. I noticed a boat in our marina that has been recently painted with Hempel single pack paint and looks like it has been sprayed from 10 feet away.
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

New owner of a unique blue colored powerboat near me, recently noticed a large section of the hull wrap was torn and it was actually a maroon colored hull beneath. I knew the color was unusual but thought it was paint. Couple days later I notice the damage to wrap has been repaired and is not visible at all. I'd ask him for details but after watching him bounce off 2 boats and a piling coming into his slip the other day he may be sensitive discussing the cost of his wrap repairs.
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

It's got to be cheaper and so much easier to have done. Given how much it cost to paint my hulls I should have looked at this option.

Has anyone ever thought about putting a ceramic coating on their hulls? I've no idea how well it would work but seems to be the rave right now with cars and trucks.
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I just saw in YouTube channel a 46ft catamaran wrapped. Apparently the cost is significantly cheaper than painting or gel repairs. He mentioned $7K vs $20K quote for paint. Warranty is one year and life span is 12 years
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

Hi all
Great thread - I too have been wondering about a wrap - how does to stand up to the brown waterline staining? I currently have to clean with oxalic acid 2-3 times a season. I was wondering about just wrapping below the belting.
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Re: BoatWrap instead of painting ???

My 40 year old Freedom 28 has gray gelcoat on the decks, and even heavy cutting compound wasn't dealing with the chalkiness. I finally tried wet-sanding this past weekend and was absolutely blown away. I used soapy water in a squirt bottle and ran from 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grits on my orbital sander, then finished with polishing compound. Results were incredible. I was a little leery of starting with 800, but in my case, I feel like it kept the 1200 from clogging as fast.
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