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Another great Vinyl Lettering and Vinyl Striping job by one of our customers. He did this himself. Spring will be here soon enough. This is a great time to add Vinyl Lettering and Vinyl Striping to your boat once the surface has been properly cleaned and prepped.

Regardless of the surface, or whether you perform a wet or dry application, if you do not properly clean the surface before installing the Vinyl Lettering the performance of the adhesive will be compromised. Also, wetting solutions can bring on additional problems on dirty surfaces because the liquid will relax the dirt and debris and make the Vinyl Lettering harder to install.

You might think that prepping the surface is the easiest part of the process and impossible to forget, but most of the time it is the easiest steps that are overlooked. If you are relying on someone else to install your Vinyl Lettering, make sure that the installer is not in a rush and understands the process. A properly cleaned and prepped surface will ensure that your Vinyl Lettering stays in tiptop shape.

Please visit our websites MrLetter.com and Vinylstriping.com for more information.

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WHAT YOU NEED: Paper towels, razor knife, scissors, squeegee (supplied with all orders), denatured alcohol, squirt bottle, detergent soap, and of course vinyl striping supplied by www.vinylstriping.com.

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To begin we need to clean the application surface with denatured alcohol. This is the best way to remove any oil residue and wax, leaving a completely clean surface for vinyl application.

1. Saturate the surface with a soapy water solution (99.8% water and a couple of drops of detergent soap), and shake it up (to add a bit of slipperiness to the water).

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2. Pull a foot or two of the vinyl striping away from the liner. Apply vinyl gently (get as straight and level as possible here). 

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3.  Now saturate the front of the vinyl (if applying to drywall or similar surfaces apply dry) to help with squeegeeing down onto surface (it will prevent scratching and help with application). 

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4. Start to squeegee the vinyl striping down; the water will squish out and the vinyl will adhere.

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5. At this point work your way down the vehicle a few feet or longer at a time and repeat steps 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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