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Old 08 April 2011, 10:11   #1
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Flexi Vinyl lettering

Had several sets of flexi vinyl lettering done for my RIB by Wet and Wild from Hamble.
Look great ,but only last a couple of years with the extreme temperature range over here in Southern California.

I have access to a plotter/stencil cutter and tried researching the vinyl used.
Anyone have a trade name or distributer of rolls of this stuff?
Seems a huge variety out there,but don't think many would standup to the abuse.

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Old 09 April 2011, 11:23   #2
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Hi Dal,

I use a company www.vinylcorporation.co.uk - They have a wide range of different vinyls etc.

I havent used any on the boat yet - just on signage facing the English Channel - it seems to be ok, starting to fade but still stuck after 5 years!

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Old 09 April 2011, 12:08   #3
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The problem I've found with vinyl lettering is that it doesn't like the growing/shrinking it has to deal with as the tubes change temperature. It seems to work OK on hard boats, where the shrink/expand cycles don't exist. Makes them tend to fall off after a while. That, and the vinyl seems to become brittle after being exposed to UV.

A better option, IMO would be the hypalon (or PVC, depending on your boat fabric) lettering that Ryan was looking for in the North America forum (oddly, posted in the "For Sale" subforum.)

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3m or hexus is my favoured products,
both available world wide

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...20EC-CF-IS.pdf


http://www.hexis.co.uk/
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I like the vinyl ,as it isn't a permanent job as would be polyurethane letters. Never know when you need to sell the boat !
The vinyl does loose it's adhesion around the edges after a couple of years,but is still the best way to go for me.

Just wanted to take advantage of the new lettering plotter they got at work and if I ca get a roll of the right stuff;it would keep me good to go for quite a while.

I checked on the vinyl suppliers over here and there are pages and pages of product.So tough to know which would be the most suitable.
Will check into the leads you guys supplied
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thinking about it from the states specially designed for curtain sider vehicles and in my case we use it on halfords in uk

http://www.arlon.com/Utilities/Produ...l=5&SelLevel=1

specilly formulted foe banners
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