Vinyl Cabin Stripes: Good, Bad, Ugly
Beginning the ugly process of scraping the stripes off with the
razor blade w/blow dryer. Care must be taken not to harm the gelcoat.
Notice the bottom stripe's glue residue left, this removed in the
next step - Click for full.
Audrey tackling vinyl stripe removal armed with dryer/razor
Count yourself a lucky soul if you own a 10 year old or so "First
series" boat and your cabin striping is neither cracked nor
terribly faded. In other words, most Beneteau First series have
striping that has been damaged by the one/two shot of sun and age.
My First 235 stripes looked horrible at best and the first thing
I said to myself when I saw them was, "the stripes have
GOT to GO."
If you take a look at the photos page on this site, you will notice
several shots of F235
sans stripes, this in an attempt to see the aesthetics
without. Well, I have never been a fan of stripes, especially of
the vinyl variety, but I have to say the shape of the First series
stripes does add to the overall appearance as it seems to impart
a slightly less bulbous quality to the doghouse area. I am actually
still contemplating which path to take. The new stripes from Beneteau
come in around $250 or so, surely not pocket change (Larry Pockras
provides an excellent alternative below, however). I generally
think clean beats busy any day.
Removing the stripes is not a task one will cherish, especially
when cracked to the level as seen above. Fortunately, I found that
a carefully applied razor knife of the variety above can do the
job without too much difficulty if used with a steady hand and even
pressure. The key is to get the stripe started right, then proceed
with an even pace. The blow dryer helped soften the vinyl and glue
somewhat with a summer sun aiding the process. Stripes don't get
much worse than the sample you see above and we had both sides done
in 90 minutes. Of course, one is then left with some very pesky
glue residue. Several products remove this with plain Lighter
Fluid which is composed of "Naptha" probably as good
as anything. The high dollar 3M product uses this as well. Some
suggest WD-40 which will work but needs to be washed off. Goo-Gone
just seems to be too weak to do the job. Regardless, soaking a towel
and placing it on the residue can help. Use an old credit card as
an aid. One nice thing, if you do want the stripes, you will still
be able to see where the old ones went, even after glue removal.
First 235 Cabin Stripes
Comments and Files in Illustrator 8 courtesy of Larry
make copies of your Beneteau 235 cabin graphics, go to your
local sign maker. Take both of the provided files
with you (you can decide which style you like old or new)
and he will open either one or both for you and cut portions
on navy blue vinyl - if that is your color preference - and
other on gold vinyl. Price it at more than one place, as you
will find a wide variety of prices from shop to shop.
Next, you take
the cut vinyl home, which should have transfer release paper
on the outside, and paper on the adhesive side. You line up
your graphic, tape into position at the top with a few pieces
of masking tape, carefully pull off the paper backing, slowly
position and gently pat down the striping, and finally use
a plastic squeegee to burnish the tape down. Talk to your
sign maker about this part. He may also install your graphic
for an additional fee.
Illustrator 8 files for the Beneteau First 235 cabin
graphics, each suitable for taking to your local sign
maker to duplicate. See examples below in color.
Rename extension to .ai after download
Prior to burnishing, if you had gently patted, and things
were amiss, you may be able to reposition. Forget it once
the item(s) is/are burnished.
Once burnished, remove
the transfer release from the front of the stripes. Be CAREFUL
around delicate cutouts, as the transfer paper may tear the
vinyl. ALSO, make sure all of the paper is removed from the
adhesive side before you start placing the graphics. Again,
sometimes the paper tears around delicate cutouts, and you
do not want to find out that some paper remained AFTER you
burnished the item.
- Larry Pockras
Owner Profile via Beneteau-Owners.com
Editors Note: The stripes in
the actual Illustrator 8 files to download are not in color.
The actual colors are labeled in the file however. They are
Pantone 282 (blue) and Pantone 138 (gold). See larger versions
below saved as .jpg
Above is the original font and logo with seahorse circa 1989
- click for full view
is the newer font and logo with Beneteau "B" - click
for full view