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​Boat Lettering Care Guide

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Your boat lettering isn’t just an investment. It’s a personal statement about what you want your boat to look like. As such, it only makes sense that you invest the time and care necessary to maintain your boat lettering to the best of your ability. With the right tools and a little know-how, you can clean and protect your boat lettering with just a few simple steps.

How to Clean Boat Lettering

Soap them up and wash them off, right? It’s a little more complicated than that—at least if you want to make sure the letters stay adhered to the boat and keep their original color. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid products with petroleum distillates. These can put some adhesives binding the letters to the boat at risk of dissolving. Instead, make sure that you read each boat cleaner label thoroughly or use a specific type of cleaner designed specifically for boat hulls.
  • Use gentle cleaners. It’s possible to clean your boat lettering thoroughly without harsh chemicals that can wear at the color of your lettering. We recommend trying a product like Boat Cleaner.
  • Be wary of power washing. Power washing can be harsh enough to strip off lettering and other graphics in some cases. That’s why you’ll want to use gentle washing methods in addition to gentle chemicals.
  • Avoid abrasives. Avoiding abrasives is also a good idea when working with lettering, as you don’t want to rub them off or damage them.

Once you’ve cleaned your boat lettering, it can be tempting to think your job is done. But maintenance is an entirely different stage that requires its own attention.

Maintaining Your Boat Lettering

Maintaining your boat lettering means protecting it so that you can enjoy its color and adhesion for a long time. That means periodically checking in on the lettering and making sure that you don’t notice any sections lifting from the hull.

You’ll also want to concentrate on UV protection. One way to do this is to apply a coat of wax on your boat after you’ve applied the lettering and effectively cleaned the hull. We recommend Graphix Wax, as it contains UV filters that will slow the damaging effects of the sun. This product will not deteriorate graphics like other solvent-based waxes, which is an essential feature when working with lettering. It is also strong enough to maintain much of its protective quality for up to a year and more, which means you won’t have to continually reapply throughout the boating season.

Finally, pay attention to everything you’re doing. If you try a home-made cleaning product and find that your boat lettering doesn’t respond well to it, keep trying to find the right match for your specific needs. Understand what your boat lettering requires, use the right boat cleaning products to keep your lettering in great shape for years to come!



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N. Charleston, SC 29405
United States of America

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