Boat Wrap vs. Vehicle Wrap: What’s the Difference?
Key Differences in Wrapping a Boat
Although there are things that are similar between wrapping a vehicle and wrapping a boat, there are also a few differences that you should know about before the design is printed. First, your boat will experience elements not seen on land like continued exposure to water (and sun) at very high speeds.
Below are a few other key differences:
- Waterproof material
- Continued exposure to harsh elements
- Your boat has deeper curves
- Your boat has exposed hardware
- Your boat is not a box truck, so it requires a custom template
Types of Boats We Wrap
It’s quite possible we can wrap your boat, even if its not on this list. We only require a hull! So if you have questions give us a call today!
- Aluminum (John) boats
- Jet skis / Personal watercraft
- Commercial fishing boats
- Flats boats
- Bass boats
- Sail boats
- Cigarette racing boats
- Large yachts
- Barges and many more
Vinyl Wrap Material
It’s also important to know that just any type of material can’t be used.
You have to use different material than you would on a vehicle or else it might quickly fail. Keep in mind that a boat will have water beating against it constantly and it can impact your installation. This means taking steps to help with ensuring the vinyl is going to last through at least one boating season.
Here are a few steps that we take when we are preparing your boat wrap so that you will get a much clearer picture of the process of boat wrapping.
Finding or Building Your Template
When it comes to vehicles, a lot of vinyl installers will use a template based on the car’s model and make. This will serve as a great foundation when it comes to designing a wrap. This isn’t going to work with boat wrapping.
The most difficult part when it comes to boat wrapping is to get a template that is accurate of your boat with the measurements. Although the boat is going to look flat when you first look at it, there is a lot more going on than you thought.
All this extra room has to be considered when we’re creating your design. Even when we are being very careful creating the template, the design may not be exact when it’s printed out.
Selecting Your Material
After we’ve created the template, we have to find the right material for your boat wrap. For the most part, you’ll need cast vinyl that is digitally printable. There are a lot of different types of vinyl that you can select from in this broad category. But for the most part, you can’t use the same material.
When you’re placing this type of vinyl on, it’s much easier in the application. But there’s a danger that might occur. This vinyl type is a great option for vehicle wraps. However, when the channels aren’t properly sealed off when its used for boat wrap water may be running through the channels and cause the graphic to rip off. A better choice is reposition-able vinyl since it offers a certain degree of flexibility while letting you avoid the problem of water inside the channels.
Cleaning Your Boat
When you are preparing your boat’s surface, it’s a good idea to wash it. It’s also essential to remove any type of hardware, such as j-hooks and handles on its back that you use for towing. If there were decals on the boat previously, they also need to be taken off.
Sometimes boat wraps require removing the rails which runs around the boat’s perimeter. It’s advisable to pull out the silicone that’s existing, then tuck the graphic in, before you re-silicone it, since the water will really hit the area violently. You want to ensure the area’s sealed and when you pull out your rub rail to reseal it, this will help ensure that it’s tight.
Even if the boat is really clean, you shouldn’t put wrap below your boat’s water line. This will help you ensure that you aren’t getting water beneath the edges. You don’t want the wrap’s edges lifting while you’re cruising in the water or because it’s been exposed to sunlight extensively.
Questions about Boat Wraps?
Spectrum Signworks is proud to have installed boat wraps on some of the finest boats in Naples, Florida. If you’re interested in working with our world-class designers on Boat Wraps for your business, give us a call at 239-908-0505!