installation

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

There are several methods to applying decals. When you receive your decal it will be covered in a masking application tape. This tape is meant to hold the letters/design in position when the decal is removed from the wax paper backing. The instructions below are ideal for decals larger than 8", smaller than that we recommend to slowly peel and stick like a normal sticker.

Wet Method

There are several methods to applying decals. When you receive your decal it will be covered in a masking application tape. This tape is meant to hold the letters/design in position when the decal is removed frItems needed: Masking tape and installation kit (includes squeegee, utility knife & application fluid). Ideally you purchased the installation kit that provides a rapid-tack application fluid.

DO NOT perform the wet method if your base vinyl color is chrome mirror, aluminum sheet, or gold leaf replica (we are relaying the manufacturer recommendation).

  • Important! During shipment the application tape (light adhesive paper on top of your graphic) may lift and form tunnels or appear to be wrinkled. It is very important to lay your graphic flat and squeegee down the application tape before installation. If the mask doubles over or forms wrinkles it will not affect installation. This freshens the bond of the application tape to the vinyl lettering. During shipping the adhesion may loosen so this step is critical to have a successful installation.
  • To position decal where you want it to be, first apply a 2-inch piece of masking tape on opposite ends of the decal. Then measure and verify your height and centering positions. Then apply to center of decal (top and bottom) a 2-inch masking tape to hold the decal in place.
  • On surface of boat, using a pencil, mark the existing edge of masking tape on opposite ends so you can use as a guide for final application.
  • Starting on the right, lift existing masking tape from the surface and tack it to the left side (freeing up both hands temporarily). Then remove the wax paper back from the decal to where it is being held in the center and cut by using a scissor or utility knife. Lightly spray 2 or 3 times the surface where decal is being applied. Release the tacked side with your right hand and lay down decal on right side (use the pencil mark as a guide to match the masking tape). Take the squeegee and using medium pressure strokes, gently apply decal in a center up and center down fashion all the way towards end of decal (you may have to repeat this step a few times). Also, depending on the climate, please wait at least 5 to 10 minutes for surface to dry. Stroke the decal one more time with the same pressure.
  • Repeat same steps to the left side of decal.
  • After you have applied the decal to the surface, gently remove the top application tape in a downward pulling manner keeping it close to the surface until the application tape is completely removed.

Dry Method

Items needed: Masking tape, and installation kit (includes squeegee, utility knife & application fluid).

  • Important! During shipment the application tape (light adhesive paper on top of your graphic) may lift and form tunnels or appear to be wrinkled. It is very important to lay your graphic flat and squeegee down the application tape before installation. If the mask doubles over or forms wrinkles it will not affect installation. This freshens the bond of the application tape to the vinyl lettering. During shipping the adhesion may loosen so this step is critical to have a successful installation.
  • To position decal where you want it to be, first apply a 2-inch piece of masking tape on opposite ends of the decal. Then measure and verify your height and centering positions. Then apply to center of decal (top and bottom) a 2-inch masking tape to hold the decal in place.
  • On surface of boat, using a pencil, mark the existing edge of masking tape on opposite ends so you can use as a guide for final application.
  • Starting on the right, lift existing masking tape from the surface and tack it to the left side (freeing up both hands temporarily). Then remove the wax paper back from the decal to where it is being held in the center and cut by using a scissor or utility knife. Release the tacked side with your right hand and lay down decal on right side (use the pencil mark as a guide to match the masking tape). Take the squeegee and using medium pressure strokes, gently apply
  • decal in a center up and center down fashion all the way towards end of decal.
  • Repeat same steps to the left side of decal
  • • After you have applied the decal to the surface, gently remove the top application tape in a downward pulling manner keeping it close to the surface until the application tape is completely removed.

How does my lettering arrive?

Your lettering is cut, weeded, and coated in a transfer tape ready to install. Installation instructions are included. We strongly suggest that you purchase the installation kit that can be found in our design center on our website.

About our vinyle

We use a variety of vinyl types depending on the colors you order. Solid colors are produced with a standard 6-year vinyl. Specialty colors can vary greatly depending on the specific color. Chrome for instance will typically last a shorter amount of time than carbon fiber. Any gradients or bevel effects must be digitally printed. This vinyl is printed and laminated and carries a similar 6-year outdoor life rating.

Caring for Your Lettering

Avoid washing immediately after installation as it takes vinyl lettering up to 48 hours to achieve a full bond.

Take care when washing the surface your lettering is applied to. Avoid harsh chemicals and wash the area around the lettering gently to avoid lifting the edges.

Waxing is not recommended or necessary but if you must, we recommend to hand wax. The process of waxing using a buffing wheel will cause the edges to lift.

Surface Requirements

We will not warranty, repair or refund vinyl that is attached to an unacceptable surface

Acceptable surfaces

  • Glass
  • Boats (with factory gel coat)
  • Metals (Must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel.)
  • Vehicles (Must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel.)
  • Fiberglass (Must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel.)
  • Wood (Must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel.)
  • Other Painted Surfaces (Paint must be smooth and glossy, vinyl will
  • not stick to oxidized, faded, or peeling paint)

Not Acceptable

  • Cement
  • Raw Lumber
  • Oxidized or faded paint
  • Peeling paint
  • Rubber
  • Raw Metals
  • Oily Surfaces
  • Primer Painted Surfaces
  • Rough Gel Coat (on boats)
  • Low Energy Plastics (such as found on some kayaks, canoes, and power sports equipment)
  • Textured non smooth surfaces, such as paneling found on house boats

Temperature Requirements

Lettering should never be installed when the outside ambient temperature is below 50°F (10°C). If the surface is too hot to touch, it is too hot to install vinyl lettering also. This generally indicates in excess of 90°F.

Newly Painted Surfaces

Applying vinyl over a freshly painted surface? You need to wait at least 30 days before doing so. This allows the paint to out gas properly along with fully curing.

General information about numbers

We'll guide you through the process of creating Florida boat numbers when you enter the design center. Each state has specific verbiage as to their requirements. See the Florida specific section below. The general requirements for boat registration numbers are as follows

  • A minimum of 3" letter height
  • A block style font such as (impact or arial black)
  • Generally located on the forward hull portion of the boat next to the DNR tag
  • Letters separated by a space or a dash (-)