Go faster stripe, apply or hand paint

pcatterall

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Just below the bulwark on my Neptunian is a moulded in feature ( a long stripe with a bit of Neptunes trident at the end !) it has been ( badly) hand painted red and needs redoing.
The stripe itself is about 12mm wide. Before I get out the paint pot and masking tape I wondered if a go faster stripe would be available and would last in a marine environment.
I could cut it to suit neptunes prongs. Perhaps there is a marine version for sale ( at 5 times the car shop price!)
Any ideas/advice/contacts
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Avocet has a very similar stripe - almost semi-circular in profile. I have always painted it - taking the view that it is probably easier to get the masking tape straight (as you can re-position it easily) than it would be to get a vinyl stripe straight - especially pushing it into a hollow. That said, I've never tried vinyl!

Also, does the profile of your stripe change at the ends? Avocet's broadens out somewhat. I don't know how you'd do that with vinyl.
 

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it's called a cove ,or sometimes, a cave line. I suspect that the irregularities in the surface will make it difficult to provide proper adhesion to a vinyl line, so it's either paint, or size it and fill in with gold leaf. :)


Csail of this forum has some clever machines which cut emblems to complicated shapes.
 

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Thanks guys. I have located a good site for stripes but Avocet makes a good point, if I can get the stripe on straight then I can mask and paint just as well. There is a shape at each end ( the trident) which will be better in paint than trying to cut bits of the stripe.
I think I'll give the paint job a try. Gilding is parhaps a bit OTT for now!!
 

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My boat has a light blue stripe along the gunwhales which appears to have been sprayed on with cellulose paint when new. The cove line is white and has always been hand painted. I repainted the line with acrylic paint from a car factors. It needed to be thinned quite a lot, but looks quite good, and ,of course, the class insignia at the bow is easier to hand paint than cobble together with tape.

My only worries concern how I will repaint the blue as it has faded over the years and cutting is starting to show through to the undercoat! Does anyone know what paint would be suitable?

Rob.
 

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I've heard it referred to as a "cavetta" line before. Is that a real word?

Yes, it's spelt Cavita.

I have a red and blue line on each side, done in tape. I replaced them both last season, buying the tapes from one of the companies advertised in PBO. Putting them on straight is a much harder job than it would appear. The tape is quite elastic and it's easy to overdo the stretch. I skimped a bit on marking the lines up with pencil before starting as I could see the marks made by the previous tape. I soon realised that this was a mistake as they were not very visible when doing the job, and I started again. Eventually I got them reasonable but it took far longer than I expected.
 
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