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Old 06 September 2016, 17:28   #1
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painting directly on hypalon

I want to paint the boat's name on my light gray Zodiac Pro. I'll use a 3 inch stencil for the lettering. I notice that a small can of hypalon paint, online, costs at least $35. Before I bite the bullet and buy it, I thought I'd ask here, for any recommendations. This job is nothing that the coast guard cares about, so I'll be happy if it looks OK from 5 feet away, and holds up for a few years before it needs repainting.

I'm sure some of you have tried other paints besides hypalon. If so, I mostly want to know if any less expensive paint gives good results, and holds up well enough for a few years or more. Epoxy? Enamel? Vinyl? Etc.
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Old 06 September 2016, 19:45   #2
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Inland Marine has a stencil kit. You can get it with extra paint for about $15 or so.
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The last owner of this Rib painted those orange stripes with a can of this stuff. It is surprising smooth looking and hasn't flaked or rubbed off for several months so far.

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Have you considered getting the name laser cut in vinyl and sticking it on (common approach here) - should cost less than your hypalon paint, neater, probably longer lasting, easier to remove if a new owner wants to change it etc. If you want to be really fancy then some of the uK tube suppliers will do really nice stuff in hypalon (no idea the cost) e.g. Laser cut signs and logo's - Henshaw Inflatables Ltd but should be easy enough to post worldwide...
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I just bought the Inland Marine Stencil Kit. If anyone else does it, be aware that the shipping will cost as much the product. Thanks for all the replies.
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