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How To Clean and Protect Your Graphics

How To Clean and Protect Your Graphics

No longer limited to pontoon, waterski and bass boats, head-turning vinyl graphics are everywhere these days, from luxury cruisers to sailboats. Whether it's an outboard engine logo, colorful image or entire hull wrap, they need specialized care. Shurhold Industries offers a few Clean-N-Simple Tips to keep graphics looking their best for years to come, with minimal effort.

The first step is to begin with a clean hull. Avoid pressure washers and instead opt for a deck brush with a combination head. These have soft bristles for general use around the vinyl and medium for scrubbing stubborn stains such as the waterline.

If the boat needs waxing, mask-off the vinyl with blue painters tape. Many products have built-in cleaners that are ideal for paint and gelcoat, but can degrade graphics. It also protects the edges of the graphic or wrap from lifting if using a polisher.

With the tape removed, spray the vinyl with a detailing product such as Shurhold's Serious Shine. It cleans accumulated dirt, polishes without abrasives and protects from the ravages of UV rays in one easy step. It also repels water to keep unsightly spots from forming. Simply wipe over the area with a microfiber towel, turn the cloth and lightly buff. The more often it's applied, the longer the graphics will last.

 

 

One-step quick detailers like Serious Shine also work on touch screens, clear coat, metal, glass and rubber. Above and below deck, it cleans a wide range of surfaces without leaving a greasy residue. Made in the USA, a 14 oz. aerosol can is $17.98.

Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

 

This article is courtesy of Pontoon and Deck boat Magazine, for this and more helpful information, go to pdbmagazine.com

Boat Winterizing: Truth or Myth?

Boat Winterizing: Truth or Myth?

To prevent your boat from becoming a winter storage statistic, BoatUS has a three question, true-false quiz for boaters to test their winterizing knowledge
Winterizing Made Simple

Winterizing Made Simple

Preparing boats for Winter layup is all about preventing odor from forming in the cabin, protecting potable water systems from freezing temperatures and stabilizing stored fuel. 
Safe Communications on the Water

Safe Communications on the Water

Mention a VHF radio to any small boat owner and the immediate question is, “Why do I need one if I have a cellphone?” However, relying on a phone while fishing offshore or cruising in out-of-the-way coves may not work due to lack of coverage and may not be safe, not to mention that cellphones are poor swimmers. Here are 7 ways a VHF radio improves on cellphone communications and how one may help you stay in touch or even save your life.