I've gotten a few messages asking question, and thought I'd add all that info here to this thread, for anyone who might be interested in finding a local sign shop for doing vinyl on the sides.
I'm gonna add pics, of one I did 2 summers ago, and a rendering of what I'm putting on mine.
IF your thinking about going in to a sign shop for vinyl on your pontoon side walls, here's some info to consider.
Just make sure you go in there knowing what you want. In this business there are alot of people who will act like they do not have time for you, its just the way it is.
Have all your measurements ready to go, and know the linear footage that you need. These rolls come in standard sizes of 15" (punched, which means only 14 inches of it is usable), 20" (not too commonly stocked), 24" (very common) and, 30" and up. I would imagine not too many pontoons would require much more than 24".
Sign vinyl is classified in 2 main catagories:
High Performance - 2 mils rated @ 8-10, or 12 yrs -All colors metallics and opaque's
Intermediate - 3 to 3.5 mils rated @ 6-8 yrs - limited range of about 25 colors and gold and silver metallic, avoid intermediate metallics at all costs.
There are other catagories, but not important in this application
Use only High Performance vinyl if you choose a metallic color.
If you can, take your time and locate the color, who makes it, and request it by name/number and size, that way they kinda know you've done your homework and they can't just say anything to you and over sell you.
6 yr vinyl is as good as it gets for this kind of a job.
Sure, there's "better", whats called "high performance" vinyls in the business, but it a whole lot harder to install for the average Joe.
I've seen 6 yr vinyl last over 10 yrs, especially nowadays with the new production methods used.
You'll probably be told that you need to use High Performance, forget it, its 2 mils thick(very thin) and too difficult to install without masking.
Masking, thats another thing, if they tell you that you need it masked for install, tell 'em no, you don't need it, what you need is felt-tip squeeges, at least 2 of 'em cause you'll need it. I can get 'em for $4 ea.
I have basic color chart in all manufacturers, .jpg's and .pdf's if anybody wants one i can email, or post a pic of it.
Keep in mind that if you are trying to match a color to an existing color, you are going to run into trouble, in this business we can get close, but thats about all you can expect.
If you're thinking about a wrap, that's a whole 'nother ball of vinyl, for another long post, but if anyone's interested, I'd be glad to help.
You can just put the new vinyl on the sides as a base, and add graphics on top of that later if you decide to.
If you're installing, expect to pay between$3-5 per linear ft. for intermediate. High performance $6-8 per linear ft.
Typical installation charges in between $2.50 and $5.00 per sq ft., because most sign shop will treat this like a wrap install and price it like that.
I would sell the vinyl on here for:
Intermediate(no metallics, 25-30 color choices):
15" - $2 per linear ft.
24" - $3 per linear ft.
High performance (metallics, all colors)
15" - $3.50 per linear ft.
24" - $4.50 per linear ft.
Felt- tip squeegees for installing $4
Hope this helps you in your efforts.
| File comment: A rendering of what I plan on putting on my toon this week/end
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| File comment: Done 2 summers ago to a friends boat
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| File comment: before graphics, new white vinyl on sides
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