Sun, 13 May 2007
The boat has a name now!
She's the Ugly Betty. Rob picked the name the night he bought her. He even
knew the typeface he wanted. I found a guy selling 8" letters on eBay for
$1.29 per letter. It took a little while, but I finally got the letters this
past Thursday, and we put them on on Saturday. Rob had already painted and
sanded the hull a couple times. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better.
Here you can see the mockup of where the letters will go.
We were fortunate that Chris just happened to have worked at a vinyl sign
shop somewhere in his past. He had a different technique than the one in the
directions that came with the littering, so we did it his way. First you
tape the lettering at the top. Then cut the strip of letters into individual
letters. Spray down the surface behind the first letter, and peel the backing
off the first letter. Now use a squeegee to work down from the tape "hinge"
at the top, keeping tension on the letter. Work the squeegee side to side,
going 1/4" lower each pass. When the letter is completely stuck on, peel the
front paper off, using a "sheer" technique. This means to pull the paper
back as close to the surface as possible, so the letter won't lift off the
Here's Rob squeegeeing down the "tty" in "Ugly Betty", since the three letters
were all connected.
And the finished product:
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