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​Boat Striping Guide

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Want to apply striping to your boat? The process isn’t hard. Here’s what you’ll need to know to apply your own striping to your boat!

Prepping Your Boat for New Striping

Like anything you do on your boat, applying new striping will depend on how well you prepare. Here’s what you’ll need to know:

  • Find dry space to work. Work either in a large shed with plenty of ventilation, or outside on a clear day with little wind and, of course, no precipitation. You’ll want plenty of room to work around the boat on all sides.
  • Gather all your materials. Consider the following, depending on how you’ll be applying the striping: a craft knife, a clean rag, and a pen/pencil that you can use to mark the boat hull without damaging it.
  • Clean the area of the hull where you plan to apply the striping. Make sure that you rinse and allow the area to dry—and be sure to go over the striping area twice to make sure that there isn’t any residue remaining. We recommend using Boat Cleaner here.
  • Mark the striping area. Finally, you’ll want to plan where your striping will go. You can do this with subtle markings on the hull, using a pencil specially designed for use with boat hulls.

Applying Adhesive-Based Striping to Your Boat

After marking the area of your boat that’s due for striping, it’s now time to begin applying the striping itself. You’ll generally want to do this one step at a time, taking care that you follow any specific manufacturer’s instructions for this process.

When you mark your striping, you should include incremental markings so that you can work in stages. That means you should be able to apply some of the striping to the boat lightly at first, working with approximately one yard at a time.

You’ll also want to avoid any “bubbling” with pockets of air underneath the boat striping. Here are some steps to ensure that you get smooth striping with minimal “bubbling” effect:

  • Use gentle pressure when applying at first. It’s more important to get the stripe on the boat accurately with your planned marks than it is to get everything on at once. You can always press more of the striping to your boat later.
  • Check for levelness. Look from the side of the boat, along the stripe, to get a sense of just how level your striping is. Make sure that you stay approximately at eye-level with the stripe as you apply it.
  • Align the stripe with the incremental marks you made on the hull to make sure that you get the striping on as you originally intended.
  • Inspect your work at every point. If there’s still excessive bubbling, a light application should allow you to remove the striping at a certain point and re-apply. This is another reason you don’t want to apply too much pressure at once.
  • Cinch off any excessive striping only after the application is finished, using a craft knife for precision.

Once your stripe is properly aligned and free of bubbles, you can continue to add some pressure to ensure it adheres to your boat. After this point, allow some time to go by and then feel free to clean the area. Don’t forget to use boat-friendly cleaning products to keep your hull in top condition!



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