Frequently Asked Questions | XTech Marine
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my Yacht Need to come out of the water?

For hull wraps and most waterlines, the short answer is “yes”.  Installation can be done from a raft, depending on how far above the water one is installing the wrap.  For superstructure wraps and interiors there is no need for hauling the vessel out of the water, and we can work around any other works that may be being carried out on the boat.  No tenting is required for vinyl application, as the solvents contained in the vinyl do not come into contact with the environment.

How long does it take to install?

This is dependent on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the job and what preparation of the surface is required for the job.  Hull wraps can be quite straightforward, and to give you an example, a 25 meter hull wrap requiring a straightforward wrap installation, ordinarily takes two installers approximately one week.

How important is the surface preparation?

Surface preparation is perhaps the most important part of the installation.  It is vital that the surface is smooth, as unlike paint, vinyl does not have filling properties.

Will I be able to see the joins?

Vinyls come in different lengths and widths, however most vinyls are 25m long x 1.52m wide or 25m long x 1.22m wide.   It is for this reason that some projects do require the vinyl to be joined.  We endeavour to make these joins as seamless as possible, and unless you know where the joins are, they should be difficult to spot.

What is the durability of vinyl?

This depends on climate, environment, maintenance of the vinyl and exposure angle.  Most white and matte black vinyls that are vertically installed can last between 7 to 10 years.  Other coloured mattes and gloss vinyls have an approximate durability of between 5 to 7 years.

Is the vinyl easy to remove?

Removing vinyl is far easier than removing paint – one merely needs to apply a bit of heat, and peel the vinyl back.  Depending on how long the vinyl has been applied for, there may be some adhesive residue left behind, which can easily be removed with adhesive remover.

Is the vinyl easy to clean?

Vinyl only needs water and a cloth (with or without a mild detergent) to keep it clean.  Abrasive cleaners should not be used.

Should you have any further questions that we have not yet answered, please don´t hesitate to contact us.