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Old 01-05-2003, 10:05 PM
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I will get the name for the boat soon. What do you guys think is better, vynyl lettering or painted on???
 
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For resale I would go vinyl. I have been looking at used boats and that is the first thing I check if there is a name on it. At least I can peel the vinyl off.

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I vote vinyl. I've had it both ways and the vinyl has held up much better in my case. You can also be more creative with vinyl, as far as graphics.
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I'd go with vinyl, too. I used a place called Fast Signs. www.fastsigns.com I went with reflective tape (many colors). They light up pretty good when a light hits them. A bit of a safety factor when trailering too. The decal is about 4'-6" long by 15" high. Both sides cost about $200.00. They will work with you, on your design, etc. If you want a 'likeness' of yourself...they'll do that too. They will actually take a digital picture of your design and cut it. Very impressive, and I thought very reasonable. Don't forget one side of the boat is the reverse of the other side when your order. Give'em a call.

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quote:Originally posted by jscibal:
I vote vinyl ... the vinyl has held up much better in my case ...

Ditto ! 9 years on my present vinyl boatname and going strong! Up close, sure you can see "scars" but 3-5 away it looks as new .

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Went with vinyl as well. I ordered mine online and it arrived a few days later. Very easy to apply. It gets a few nicks and scrapes but from a distance you can't tell.
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I've had both but would only go with vinyl in the future. I wanted to buy a boat several years ago but didn't because it was painted on both sides with letters at least 1' high and name was probably 20' long... THE MASTERBAITER

Cute name but couldn't imagine taking my 11 year old daughter out or my mother & father-in-law in a boat with masterbaiter written on the side. And far to much work to remove.

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Note there are two types of Vinyl in terms of applicatin. One type is ( I'll call it the dry type) the external bumper sticker type - any fool can put it on and peel off the non lettered part. This type is harder to find and may not last as long as the second type, but is quite inexpensive. Bumpersticker companies on the net can customize what-ever you want.

The other type you put on similiarly but wet and the letters all slide around and move and scrunch up until they dry. You use a squeegee or similiar device. This is the type most boat magazines and stores sell. This type has been known to cause divorce and other spousal abuse when the spouse is asked to help.
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I've been lettering boats in paint & vinyl for 25+ years, so I may be able to shed some light on the subject.

Conscerning vinyl, it comes in 3-4 different qualities. Your sign shop may or may not tell you this because they use the cheap stuff.

You get what you pay for.

The super high performance last between 8-10 years, doesn't shrink or fade. It is very glossy

High performance last about 7 years, shinks and fades very little in that time. It is very glossy as well.

These products cost the sign shops 2-3 times as much as the intermidiates!!!!!!!!!!
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Intermediate last about 5 years and will shrink & fade, you will start to notice a dark outline around the lettering indicating shrinkage. Some are glossy but most is more of a semi-gloss.

The really cheap vinyl is a 3 year economy product for interior & short term outside useage. It is thicker, matt to a semi-gloss, and easily spotted.

Any one of the vinyls can be applied wet or dry. Experianced installers can do it dry without any bubbles, but will have novinces (do it yourselfers) apply wet to eliminate problems.

If you order vinyl lettering at a sign shop or over the internet ask if you are getting "HIGH PERFORMANCE VINYL". And will they warranty the job for at least 7 years.

It is impossible to touch-up vinyl, if it is scratched, the whole area will have to replaced.

Painted lettering can be a more custom and the sign painter can do pictorals, airbrush, gold leaf, outlines and shadows, metal look letters, dimensional letters etc. and can be touched up if need be.

This is what the higher end clients usually wants. (example gold leaf on a teak panel) esp. on the bigger boats & race boats graphics.

Painted lettering can be removed as easy as vinyl, due to the fact that vinyl leaves behind the glue residue that has to be removed after you remove the vinyl.

Since most sign shops work with vinyl now & real sign painters are becoming more rare, You may not be offered the option of painted unless you seek out a shop that still does hand lettering.

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Naples, FL 239/643-2769

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Well I recomend vinyl for all the reasons previously listed and lastly go to www.myboatlettering.com and check out what you can get and do there much better than paint and the sales man there is a boater! he does all the true norths and other new england made boats his work is the best try him. I did
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Ordering off the internet may work for some, but I would save the hassle & go to a sign shop. They will install, match colors, give you a few layouts & options. And most of all, it will be done right.

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Good 'inside' info, Rob. Thanks!

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Hookem,

I ordered vinyl lettering from a local sign shop and installed it myself without a hitch. The instructions are very easy to follow as is the installation process.
I went with vinyl because it would be easier to replace or repair letter(s) if necessary.

Good luck,

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I have always went with vinyl for the ease of removing the name at resale time and easier to repair.
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Rob may have reasons for not mentioning brand names, but I'll speak up and say that I've found you can't go wrong if vinyl names are made from 3M product.

Rob, feel free to correct me if you have information or experience to indicate otherwise.

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I like vinyl better also. It seems to last longer and can be easily replaced if it every gets rubbed or messed up. I can easily replace mine myself, but couldn't do the paint and have it look good. Mine are at the right height to rub on the bumpers at my local dock, so they get beat up. I replace them every couple years.

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