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    Looking for some info on boat graphics. Decals. What kind of material can be used? The decal place I got a quote from wants to use marine vinyl which is 3 times as expensive as other products. And because of special order charge me for an entire roll. I only want to put graphics on the top of the hull. Not down the sides where water contacts at speed. Can I get away with something less than marine grade or is there something that is commonly used?

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    Yes we use regular sign vinyl all the time with no issues I'm assuming your not going to be in salt water do you would be just fine. The only other thing to consider is how long you want the vinyl to last? How big of a graphic is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showrigger View Post
    Yes we use regular sign vinyl all the time with no issues I'm assuming your not going to be in salt water do you would be just fine. The only other thing to consider is how long you want the vinyl to last? How big of a graphic is it?
    when you ask how long i want it to last im thinking well for a while. its not cheap. whats the expected life using sign vinyl? if its only a season then that would suck. the boat will be kept in doors when not in use as much as i can. and if not it would be under a custom cover for sure. wont be left outside to bake in the sun if its not in the water. as for size it would be similar to flames but not flames. oh and no salt water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevevan View Post
    when you ask how long i want it to last im thinking well for a while. its not cheap. whats the expected life using sign vinyl? if its only a season then that would suck. the boat will be kept in doors when not in use as much as i can. and if not it would be under a custom cover for sure. wont be left outside to bake in the sun if its not in the water. as for size it would be similar to flames but not flames. oh and no salt water.

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    Vinyl is usually given life in years, like maybe 5 for lesser quality, depending on color, the reason i was asking size and to some degree shape is that a vinyl cutter can also cut the inverse "mask" that can be used to paint a graphic which can be easily accomplished and can be better cosmetically and more durable. what kind of graphic and size shape would help any of the members here help you with advice. for example if you wanted flames down the side of a 21 daycruiser or do you just want some stripes that are a bold solid color, also is the graphic a bold solid or a color that can be easily accomplished with a vinyl?
    Signwarehouse.com is a good place to order vinyls and you can also check out some available vinyls to see if they fit your needs, oracal and Avery are common manufactures to check out, you will notice the vinyls listed with a year depicting expected life, click on one and it will show colors available, just to give you ideas..
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    I have had to replace some areas of mine due to cheaper quality. Get the middle or better quality vinyl. If you decide to go with a metal vinyl like brushed aluminum or diamond plate... They seem to last on sides but top areas will start to blur with a lot of sun exposure. Also if you decide to multi cover(overlap) There is a marker they sell kinda like clear nail polish to keep corners from pealing.

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