Ritrama, the Italian manufacturer of self-adhesive materials, offers the wide format RI-WRAP Marine series for the boat wrapping market. Boat wrapping films are enjoying growing popularity Vinylthroughout the world of sailing, as it allows for more efficient and cost effective renovation of the hull than traditional painting, says the company. The film also acts as a waterproof barrier protecting the hull above the waterline, which helps keep it in good condition.
"Boat owners prefer this method to painting because it saves a considerable amount of time and money, with amazing results. The RI-WRAP Marine range guarantees a high level of UV protection and high resistance to fading while providing a shield to protect against scratches and abrasions," says a spokesperson.
The RI-WRAP Marine series consists of 130μ CAST vinyl films with repositionable permanent adhesive. The available colour range includes five contemporary colours ranging from blue to grey: Hot Wheels, Blue Indigo, St. Moritz, Grey and Silver Kandy. In line with the rest of the RI-WRAP range, the Marine series has micro-channel AirFlow technology, which allows the operator to apply the film quickly, without bubbles or wrinkles, even on slightly curved or convex surfaces.
The boat does not have to be taken out of the water for long and there is no need to dismantle the hull. It is sufficient to clean the boat thoroughly and smooth over any damaged or uneven surface areas. The whole process will take no longer than a few days, if not hours; for example, a 13 meters boat can be completely wrapped in just 10 hours without the need for any special film treatment. Unlike traditional painting, there is no need to varnish or treat the film-covered surface.