Application Tips for Marine Marking
Approved Vinyl: DPF 6000X, DPF 6000 & Series 3200
- Treat surface as if it has silicone mold release agent or wax by washing thoroughly with mold release remover recommended by the provider of the mold release agent/boat manufacturer or wax remover recommended by the boat manufacturer.
- Dry surface completely using lint free towels to prevent moisture becoming trapped underneath graphics and causing premature failure.
- Do not use harsh solvent such as acetone, MEK or lacquer thinner.
- These surfaces will be oxidized and must be cleaned with soapy water and a nylon abrasive pad. It will most
likely take more than one pass to remove oxidized pigment or gel coat. This is a critical step because when the
installers reposition the graphic on a chalky hull, the adhesive will quickly pick up the chalk and detackify. There
is nothing you can do to regain the original tack if this happens.
- Dry surface completely using lint free towels to prevent moisture becoming trapped underneath graphics and causing
i. All aluminum should be cleaned with white rust remover* using a nylon abrasive pad.
ii. Dry surface completely using lint free towels to prevent moisture becoming trapped underneath graphics and causing
KEY NOTE: All surfaces (Gel Coated or Aluminum) should be cleaned with a final pass of 1:1 IPA and water.
A. All graphics must be installed above the waterline.
B. Arlon recommends using a dry application with overlaminated graphics. The use of a wet application runs the risk of
subsequent adhesive failure by virtue of surfactant (from detergent) rewetting under the adhesive when the boat is in constant
contact with water. For graphics on interior and structures well above deck height, a wet application is acceptable.
C. Recommended application temperature is between 60-90°F or 16-32°C. Avoid installing graphics under high humidity
environment to avoid premature adhesive failure.
D. Allow graphics 48 hours for complete adhesive wet out before use.
A. Heat: Where graphics had been shaped to severe contours, heating (90-100°C) is recommended to achieve the distortion
during installation as well as to set the film afterwards.
B. Trimming: Where possible, open edges should be smooth and continuous; jagged shapes and points tend to fail
prematurely due to excess edge exposure.
C. Edge seal: Where edges are exposed especially near the waterline, at chafing points, and around fueling cap, edge seal
should be used to avoid premature failure. 3M 3950 edge seal is recommended.