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Old 01-15-2016   #1
OTR, Colorado
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ink for PVC?

What kind of ink works best for PVC/ raft use? Something that won't crack off when it gets folded etc...

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Old 01-15-2016   #2
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Are you trying to stencil a name or design? We use System 6 for lettering and design with no issues. Rolls without cracking and looks great. Several colors to choose from and easy to apply. Call Rocky Mountain Adventures in Fort Collins. 970-493-4005
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Old 01-15-2016   #3
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Krylon Fusion spray paint works well on PVC boats. I use it with one-time-use stencils to logo our boats.
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Krylon fusion seems to stick to everything
If you start off asking for help, you probably should not even start off.
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Old 01-30-2016   #5
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This from the Krylon website:

This product is not meant to be used on flexible substrates. We recommend it be used on hard rigid surfaces only. If the surface is too flexible, it could crack, chip, or peel.

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Does not sound like a good choice for raft paint.

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Old 01-30-2016   #6
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As others have said: Krylon Fusion works, but so does any spray paint that specifies it's for vinyl. These paints can be found at auto parts stores (as they are used for auto interiors), as well as other hardware and paint stores. I've used these paints on my raft with a homemade stencil and it holds up fine (4 years, so far). Probably not as durable as the urethane products used on commercial rafts, but a lot cheaper, 'bout $4-7 a can.
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Old 01-30-2016   #7
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I found that screen printers ink worked well. I had to cover a commercial logo on a used raft I bought back in 2007 and it has only started peeling and cracking a bit this past season.
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