Hull decal installation

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Hull decal installation

Postby George Emmanuel » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:07 pm

Getting closer to finishing this 17' Sportsman and have searched the site for info on installing the CC decal on the hull sides. I plan on a finish sanding, placing the decal, letting it cure and varnishing over followed by another light sanding and a second coat.

Is this recommended?

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Re: Hull decal installation

Postby jim g » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:27 pm

You don't need to varnish over the decal.
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Re: Hull decal installation

Postby Bilge Rat » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:15 am

Varnishing or not varnishing over the decal can be done both ways. There is some protection of the decal if a couple of coats of varnish are applied over it. The postwar decals are silver and white and the decal will take on a slight golden hue once the varnish covers it. I personally like the gold hue as it looks vintage but that's just one man's opinion. I also like the deck striping a golden hue for the same reason but understand why some paint them white after varnishing.

If you will varnish over, try using a gray Scotch-Brite pad over the decal instead of sandpaper.
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