Get Vinyl Boat Wrap: the Most Affordable Way to Transform Your Boat!

A boat wrapping is a custom-designed vinyl film that is stretched over the top of any non-porous surfaces to promote a business or brand or to just improve the general appearance of a vessel. A customized wrap can cover up old and chipped paintwork to restore an older boat, or protect pristine paintwork on a brand new boat.

Vinyl boat wraps come in many different colors and finishes and can be installed on any type of vessel, from a high-end exotic yacht to a small old fishing boat, a huge ship, or a pontoon boat. A well-designed vinyl wrap can add the style and sophistication to the exterior of your boat that you have always dreamed of.

At Tinting Chicago, our professional fitters offer a fast, efficient installation process at an affordable price.  Contact us today at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493 for a free estimate.

What types of boats are most commonly wrapped?

  • Fishing boats
  • Pontoon boats
  • Yachts
  • Sailboats
  • Speedboats
  • Racing boats
  • Jet skis
  • Barges

Cost of wrapping a boat

Boat and yacht wraps can cost anywhere between $800 and $5,000. The exact cost of a vinyl film is largely determined by the following factors:

  • Size of the boat
  • Amount of boat wrapped (full or partial wrap)
  • Complexity of graphics
  • Brand of wrap used
  • Installation time

8 benefits of vinyl wrap on a boat

  1. Enhance the look
  2. Cover old and chipped paintwork
  3. Protect from scratches
  4. Promote your company
  5. Maintain the resale value
  6. Cheaper and faster than spray painting
  7. Easy installation
  8. Eco-friendly (no toxic chemicals used)

What’s the best brand of boat wraps?

There are a number of different vinyl boat films on the market. At Tinting Chicago we only install Avery Dennison™ and 3M™ wraps, two of the highest quality and most respected brands around.

How to care for a boat with a vinyl wrap

  • After use, rinse boat with fresh water
  • Dry using a silicone squeegee and microfiber cloth.
  • Avoid waxing areas covered with vinyl
  • Avoid sunlight when not in use

Why vinyl wrapping is better than paint for a boat

There are a number of reasons why a vinyl boat film is preferable to a new paint job. Firstly, it is cheaper and faster to wrap a boat in vinyl than it is to spray paint it. Although boat wrapping is a skilled process that requires patience and experience, it isn’t as labor-intensive as painting.

Secondly, the paintwork on a boat shows greater signs of wear and tear with scratches and chips eventually giving a sleek boat a tired look.

Perhaps most importantly, boat wraps give a sharper, more textured look and last for many years without peeling, lifting, fading, or cracking.

Different boat wrapping finishes

Can you brand boat wraps?

Yes, branded boat wraps have proven to be a highly effective form of outdoor advertising.  Branded vessels in a busy marina or waterway will receive hundreds or thousands of impressions or views a day, bringing awareness to your business and the services you provide. The use of boat wraps to promote a business – particularly if it is water-related – is an affordable and guaranteed way to significantly raise the profile of your business.

Custom graphics on vinyl boat wraps

Our talented Chicago-based graphic designers will custom design any boat wrap to your specifications.   If the wrap is to promote a business, simply supply us with your logo, brand colors and other details you would like included in the design and our designers will provide a draft design for your review.

Boat wrap installation & warranties

Due to the large size of boats and their extreme curves, boat vinyl wraps are more complex to install than car wraps and often require a team of skilled people.  For these reasons, we strongly advise against the non-professional installation of boat vinyl wraps.

At Tinting Chicago, warranties for our boat wraps range from 3 to 7 years, depending on the quality and brand used. Manufacturers that we work with provide a film guarantee. Plus, Tinting Chicago provides a 2-year warranty for the quality of the installation!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does vinyl wrapping on boats last?

If well maintained, vinyl boat wraps tend to last between 3 and 5 years, although their exact longevity depends on a number of different factors, including the quality of the brand and quality of installation.

Do vinyl boat wraps fade in the sun?

Boat wraps are designed so that they don't fade in harsh sunlight. In fact, vinyl boat wraps are less likely to fade than expensive marine paint and as an added bonus, they also protect the paintwork beneath them.

Should you wrap a boat below the waterline?

It's best not to place a vinyl wrap below the waterline on a boat because constant exposure to water could result in the vinyl lifting and becoming damaged. It's advisable to only apply the vinyl wrap design above the waterline.


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