Tips for successful boat wrap application

Remove as much hardware (rub rail, trolling motor, etc.) as possible before applying the wrap.

Wash the boat before applying the film using these tips:

  • Use a solvent-based cleaner, not alcohol-based, to thoroughly remove any wax residue on the boat. This will ensure the most thorough cleaning.
  • Don’t use soaps or preparations that contain waxes, oils or lotions. This includes some window cleaners.
  • Be aware that the chemicals used in some automated washing equipment can interfere with film adhesion.
  • The front and rear of the boat typically have a more oily residue than other segments, so pay particular attention to cleaning these areas.
  • Apply the wrap above the static water line.
  • Use just one panel of film per side to avoid seams.
  • Seal seams and edges with edge sealing tape.

Dale Salamacha is president and co-partner of Wrap This Ink in Longwood, Fla.

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