Marine Wrapping FAQ's

Information and Facts about Boat Wrapping and Marine Wrap Services

Will any joins be visible in the vinyl wrap?

Any joins or seams in the wrap will be visible on close inspection, but step back a few metres and you won’t have any idea they were there. Once back in the water, it's very hard to tell that your boat has been wrapped rather than painted, especially when viewed from a few metres away or more. In some colours (such as metallic effects) joins might be more visible, but we can show or order you samples before you choose the final design.

Will my vinyl boat wrap fade?

Vinyl is generally more fade-resistant than paint. The premium quality 3M vinyl we use is warranted for up to 7 years against fading, although solid colours do have better fade-resistance properties than metallic colours.

Will the vinyl lift or peel?

Quality vinyl that has been professionally applied and properly cared for should not lift or peel. Every vinyl wrap comes with up to 7 years warranty against material faults (dependent on the type of vinyl you choose). You should also read the vinyl care instructions to ensure you look after your vinyl boat wrap properly.

Is a vinyl wrap reversible?

Yes, a vinyl boat wrap can be fully reversed with no damage to the underlying surface and no glue residue left behind, provided the underlying surface is in a good, sound condition when the vinyl is applied. Removing a vinyl wrap can be quite time-consuming, especially if the vinyl is old, but it is certainly possible.

How heavy is a vinyl finish?

For racing yachts where weight is critical, a vinyl boat wrap will generally be no heavier than a spray paint job, and will probably be lighter.

What's the cost difference between painting and vinyl wrapping?

Wrapping your boat can cost as little as a third of the price of a marine paint job. The cost savings are further increased by the fact that boat wraps can be applied in as little as a day or two, and can be done outdoors, reducing yard and shed time.

Is the cost difference greater for different boats?

The cost difference between vinyl wrapping and marine painting is generally more for bigger boats than smaller ones. Smaller boats (under 30 foot) can expect vinyl wrapping to cost around half the price of a professional paint job, while very large boats could find the cost is closer to a quarter of the price of professional painting.

What other factors affect the cost?

The main factor is the height of your boat's topsides. Vinyl is supplied in fixed widths, so if your boat's topsides are slightly larger than the width of the vinyl, a second length would be needed for each side. Complex curves and hull fittings can also increase application time, and therefore cost. There are lots of ways we can work to keep the cost down for you though. We will be happy to offer you an estimate to get a rough idea of the cost for wrapping your boat.

Can vinyl be applied to any boat?

More or less, yes! We can apply vinyl to painted hulls (topcoat or undercoat), gelcoats and aluminium boats, provided the surfaces are sound.

Does my boat need to come out of the water to be wrapped?

Yes, your boat will need to be hauled out for a hull wrap, but for most boats, wrapping the hull will take just one or two days, so the costs for yard time are minimal.

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