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Old 06 September 2011, 17:02   #1
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Boat Names... sticking it on...

Hey,

I'm looking at getting my boat name added to my RIB... looking at getting some vinyl letters made up, however the few people in NZ who make them are unsure how they'd last/stick on tubes (PVC) and also how they'd cope with varying inflation of tubes...

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yes these will stick to a RIB fine, however I am not sure how they would fair if the RIB was deflated for long peroids of time (due to the folds and creases when deflated).

my vinyl supplier says there is usually a reaction between the adhesive and the PVC causing the decal to lift off fairly quickly.

Yes they will adhere to a smooth surface like that. Being cast vinyl it is one of the most flexible vinyls and so one of the most suitable for the changing inflated surfaces on RIB tubes. In saying that I can't guarantee anything as it is not an ideal surface for vinyl to be applied to.
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so each one says something completely different!!

Has anyone any actual experience with vinyl lettering, sticking to tubes?

I don't have enough space on the sides of the console for the name, and local law says I must have it on both sides of the boat, so cannot put it on the front facing part of the console... tubes are the only option...

Thanks in advance...
Rob
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Hey,

I'm looking at getting my boat name added to my RIB... looking at getting some vinyl letters made up, however the few people in NZ who make them are unsure how they'd last/stick on tubes (PVC) and also how they'd cope with varying inflation of tubes...

Responses are:
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yes these will stick to a RIB fine, however I am not sure how they would fair if the RIB was deflated for long peroids of time (due to the folds and creases when deflated).

my vinyl supplier says there is usually a reaction between the adhesive and the PVC causing the decal to lift off fairly quickly.

Yes they will adhere to a smooth surface like that. Being cast vinyl it is one of the most flexible vinyls and so one of the most suitable for the changing inflated surfaces on RIB tubes. In saying that I can't guarantee anything as it is not an ideal surface for vinyl to be applied to.
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so each one says something completely different!!

Has anyone any actual experience with vinyl lettering, sticking to tubes?

I don't have enough space on the sides of the console for the name, and local law says I must have it on both sides of the boat, so cannot put it on the front facing part of the console... tubes are the only option...

Thanks in advance...
Rob
They lasted well on mine no problem before I got rid of it
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:11   #3
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and that's just vinyl lettering, stuck on using the adhesive on the lettering (i.e. not extra glue?)
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and that's just vinyl lettering, stuck on using the adhesive on the lettering (i.e. not extra glue?)
Correct. Although I never deflated it .
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Your best bet would be to find vinyl supplier online and get some samples from different manufactures and test them. A decent banner vinyl won't lift even if the PVC is rolled up as it is designed to be flexable and used on PVC, but colours last as long as a cast vinyl, you should be ok for a good 7 years though.
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:28   #6
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Cheers... have found this old post also...

Boat lettering/naming

trouble is being in NZ, much fewer suppliers... might be importing some letters

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Here's a couple to search for....

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I have lettering on my boat from 10 years ago...i just went a sign writer...cost under 10 - what you got to lose!

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In the UK I used an online company called Funky Monkey, they produce excellent adhesive vinyl lettering for boats. I bet they would mail an order to you, otherwise ask them what type of vinyl and adhesive they use and see if one of the companies in NZ could match it.
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hey

thanks for all your comments... have found a supplier here in NZ who can supply the flexivinyl stuff.

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