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Conrad posted 03-12-2002 10:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for Conrad   Send Email to Conrad  
OK, another question. I also bought new Whaler stickers from the dealer. Where is the proper placement of the decal on a Montauk 1984 (measurements from the aft of the boat and the bottom of the rub rail)?
Does anyone have a good method of applying them, keeping them straight (alligned properly on the boat)?

I was thinking about taping the top edge of the sticker down, stepping back making sure it is alligned. Then pull the backing material off to stick it down.

Any tips are appreciated.

hauptjm posted 03-12-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
As far as placement, I think you can use this link to find alignment:

The only "trick" I would use is placing masking tape as a top guide and bottom guide. Once, you've got that straight and where you want it, you should be good to go.

kingfish posted 03-12-2002 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
And wet the hull surface to which your decals will be applied with soapy water. That will give you a small but sometimes really handy ability for minor adjustments before it's "cast in stone" and makes the project of squeegeeing out the air bubbles easier.


hauptjm posted 03-12-2002 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Kingfish, great point. I forgot that one. No doubt makes the job easier.
Conrad posted 03-12-2002 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     
Thanks for the tips. I had never heard of the soapy water trick. I am assuming that the sheet that looks like wax paper is the part you pull off before applying. I am glad they labeled the stickers prt and stb, otherwise I would have had a few more stupid questions.


WSTEFFENS posted 03-12-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for WSTEFFENS  Send Email to WSTEFFENS     

The soap & water is an old body shop trick. It does work. How do you think you could apply the wood grain to a ford country squire or the fire chicken to a ponytrack fire bird. Large decals are a real B to put on.



Kolbert posted 03-12-2002 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kolbert  Send Email to Kolbert     
The soapy water trick is not advisable with the latest vinyls. This can lead to graphic bubbling due to trapped moisture. 3M strongly suggests a dry application.

Background - I sold fleet graphics for 4 years, including several jobs of 1000+ vehicles. The following is a brief outline of the procedure.

The best way to apply the decal is to keep the graphics exactly as they come to you. They should have a "pre-mask" over the cut letters (slightly sticky on the back to lightly grab the decal) and a release liner behind the decal (protects the adhesive side of the vinyl letters).

Line up the decal exactly how you would like it to be applied and attach it with small pieces of masking tape. Take a water soluble marker and make a mark starting about 1/2" from the edge of the pre-mask (t+b)and continue it off the side of the decal and onto the hull, this will be your reference mark. Then take a larger piece of masking tape and put this vertically down the center of the decal to create a "hinge".
1)Pull the left side of the hinge away from the surface
2)Pull back the release liner to expose the adhesive side of the decal
3)Cut away the left side of the release liner
4)Pull the pre-mask tightly back into place and line up the reference marks
5)Take a stiff edged "squeegee" and adhere the decal with a back and forth stroke (think wallpaper)
6)Repeat the same proceedure on the other side
7)Gently peel back the pre-mask (be careful that the decal has adhered to the hull. If it starts to pull up, you didn't "push" hard enough
8)You're done, installed like a professional.


Conrad posted 03-13-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     
Thanks for the detailed instructions. I always get great tips from this forum.

Thanks again,

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