Boat Wraps: Get in on This Growing Market
In a challenging market, diversifying your offerings can be a great way to grow your business. One service area that many sign shops are exploring is boat wrapping. Customizing a boat has become more affordable for owners in recent years, thanks to the transition of the industry from custom painting to graphic wraps.
How It's Done
Production and installation of a boat wrap is very similar to that of a vehicle wrap. Use 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 laminated with 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518 for typical marine wraps. Another 3M film with a watercraft warranty is 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080.) The wrap is applied in just two pieces, one for each side of the boat, with the only seam being on the nose. This helps the wrap maintain its durability. To perform the installation, please look at specific technical recommendations provided by 3M.
Advice 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.
- 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 an oilier residue than other areas; 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 all seams and edges with edge sealing tape.
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