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Tips for successful boat wrap application

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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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