How to Care for Your Vinyl Boat Wrap

 

Care for your marine wrap is much like you would take care of a fine paint finish.   However, please read the following considerations and suggestions on how to best care for your vinyl wrap.
Using high quality products designed specifically for boat care and these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your boat wraps looking their best.

 

  1. Wash regularly
    1. Wash whenever the boat appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the vinyl wrap may be more difficult to remove during cleaning.
    2. Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
    3. See item 4, Difficult contaminants, for spot cleaning bird droppings, tar, etc.
    4. Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent such as 3MTM Car Wash Soap 39000 or Meguiar’s NXT Generation® Car Wash or Deep Crystal® Car Wash and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
    5. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.
    6. Use VViViD SHIELD Post-Wrap Gloss Shield/Enhancer.         This provides added protection for the vinyl film, much like a polish would for a gelcoat or marine paint, helping protect the film from UV and water spotting.
 
  1. Don’t’ use stiff or harsh brushes
  1. Stiff brushes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dulling the film’s appearance.

 

  1. Pressure washing
    1. Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.
      • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
      • Keep water temperature below 80°C (180°F).
      • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
      • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.
      • Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.

 

  1. Difficult contaminants
  1. Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. If further cleaning is needed, test one of these products in an inconspicuous area to ensure no damage to the wrap film:
    1. Meguiar’s Gold ClassTM Bug and Tar Remover or
    2. 3MTM Citrus Base Cleaner.
    3. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (two parts IPA to 1 part water) or denatured alcohol may also help.
  2. Spot clean the contaminants. Do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.
  3. DO NOT USE HARSH CHEMICALS SUCH AS ACETONE!

 

  1. Fuel spills
  1. Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry as in Item 1 as soon as possible.

 

  1. Store under cover whenever possible
  1. Wrap films (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants, particularly on the horizontal surfaces. Whenever possible, store under a cover during the day. At night, protect the boat from dew or rain, which may contain acidic pollutants (a common problem in many large metropolitan areas). When under cover storage is not available, consider using a cloth car cover at night. If your wrap film starts to discolor or turn brown (which is caused by acidic pollution), immediately have a professional remove the wrap film from the boat to avoid staining the underlying paint or gelcoat.

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  1. Film restoration
    1. The following restoration recommendations will help keep your boat wrap looking it’s best.
  • Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
  • Do not use any polishing or wax products on matte or textured films.
  • Use if there is wax or wax residue on the surface, remove with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Table 1 shows some available products to help restore your vehicle wrap. Before using, al­ ways test and approve in an inconspicuous area.

 

 

 

INFORMATION COURTESY OF 3M GRAPHICS

For complete information about 3M products and warranties, please go to: www.3Mgraphics.com

 

Syndey Harbour Luxe Charters is a high-quality charter company that approached us to arrange something special for their customer Capral Aluminium.

The IMC team sourced the correct coloured vinyl and in a short timespan before the charter managed to get the promotional corporate signage on the side ready for the Sydney harbour cruise to be admired by many.

Contact us to arrange corporate vinyl signage on your boat or racing yacht.

Call us on 1300 768 900 or enquiries@imcoating.com

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Everything that is black in these photos used to be red!

The IMC team has conducted a massive interior redesign on a Sydney based superyacht using 3M vinyl.

Costing less than 1/2 what the quote was to paint the sections, the team has vinyl wrapped all the red trims in a 3M durable satin black 1080 film.

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Recent marine vinyl wrap work by the IMC team right here in Sydney!

Prometheus, a 77ft Warren Supernova charter vessel, one of the fleet of Sydney VIP Boat Charters, got it’s hull wrapped in 3M 1080 Gloss Black, including the radar and satelite domes and around the swim platorm with a gloss white name and registration numbers.

The wrap was completed at White Bay 6 Marine Park, with the vinyl wrap joins hidden into the chines on the hull making it look like a seemless respray paint job, but without the expense and downtime.

 

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Contact us to find out how to avoid an expensive boat repray and avoid cutting and polishing with a vinyl boat wrap today!

1300 768 900 or enquiries@imcoating.com
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Custom exterior Nuteak Decking and interior NautikFlor done on a Protector RIB for Logix

What a cool boat!

We just launched our new website specifically to answer your questions around vinyl boat wraps in a way that is easy on the eye.

Why did we do this? Specifically so you as a customer could find information specifically around our boat wrapping solutions in an easy to read format.

Check it out:
www.vinylboatwraps.com.au

Chalk and cheese!

This boat at Clontarf Marina had a severely oxidised gelcoat transom due to facing south and having the sun constantly beating on the transom all day.

The IMC team came to the reacue by conducting a vinyl wrap using 3M 1080 Boat Blue vinyl to jot only protect what was leaft ofnthe gelcoat, but to make it look good againand bring it back to the original colour.

With a new graphic boat name printed and placed on the stern, this beautiful boat is ready to continue to impress.

Before the wrap

 

After the vinyl wrap on the hull transom using 3M Boat Blue vinyl with a new boat name printed

To enquire about having your boat hull or superstructure vinyl wrapped to save you the cost of an expensive boat respray, contact us on
1300 768 900