FAQs

  • How is it applied?

How is it applied?

How do I apply Liquid Vinyl to my boat?


What spray gun should I use?

Thanks to its viscosity, in order to obtain a professional finish Nautical Trident vinyl paint doesn’t require any complex technical expertise.

In the interests of affordability, you can apply Trident Nautic with an electric spray gun; regardless of the model or brand (though it can obviously influence the finish, it’s not decisive), applied with a nozzle of 2 to 2.5 mm. Virtually any turbine on the market will work well with Trident Nautic. The key is in the application.

If you have a compressor available for example, you can use a classic spray paint gun. Although it seems contradictory, due to the high viscosity of Trident Nautic, it’s advisable you use a rigging gun. The diameter of the nozzle can vary between 1.6 and 2.5 mm but make sure to set the pressure no higher than 1 BAR (relative pressure).


Do you advise using any form of personal protection?

Trident Nautic contains solvents. In order to apply this type of peelable paint, it is essential you take protective measures, especially with regards to possible respiratory tract problems as it generates vapour and a cloud that can be inhaled.

The use protective masks against gases and vapours are therefore highly recommended.


How much Trident Nautic do I need to paint my boat?

This is an important subject and a question we are often asked. The answer is; it depends on how many square metres you wish to have painted. Here is an example:

 For a 20 metre long boat with a total surface area of 60m2   25L can = 25m2 approx.

60m2 surface area = 2 25L cans approx. And 3 4L cans (between 4 and 6 coats, for better resistance*)

*It can vary depending on the amount of coats, the colour you choose and your ability applying the product.


Can Trident Nautic really be removed?

Definitely. Apply the vinyl paint, let it dry until it sets into a perfect and resistant seal and when you want to remove it, just peel it off.


What is the ideal temperature to apply Trident Nautic?

The perfect conditions to apply Trident Nautic in are: from 20ºC to 25ºC, with humidity levels below 50% and never under direct sunrays.


Should I clean or prep my boat in any particular way before applying Trident Nautic?

All you need to take into account is that there are NO traces of wax, silicon, polish etc., as these cover the original varnish and can affect the overall finish, adhesiveness and the setting process of the paint. We recommend you use our degreasing and cleaning products on the hull or surfaces you wish to paint.


Is Trident Nautic equally effective on any surface?

Trident Nautic behaves practically the same on all surfaces, but certain conditions can alter the desired effect, the porosity of the material, deterioration on the area it is applied, etc. We advise, when possible, that before you start spraying or applying the product, you test it on a small area first.


How many coats of Trident Nautic should I apply?

Rather than asking, how many coats? The question should really be, how thick should I apply it? For optimal durability, the recommended thickness of our vinyl paint is between 0,16 and 0,2 mm. As it’s difficult to measure, our experience has taught us that in order to achieve the perfect thickness you will normally require 4 generously applied coats, and up to 6 coats for extra resistance.


If my boat is painted in a dark tone and I want to paint it yellow, red or orange (light colours), how many coats should I apply?

It’s very simple. Firstly, the dark tone has to be neutralised with white. You don’t have to paint the boat entirely white, but you will have to lower the darker tone. Then we can paint it in the desired colour.


How long does Trident Nautic need to set?

It dries extremely quickly. In the summer it will take about 5 minutes to begin to set and evaporate, while in winter it can take a little over 15 minutes.

For total setting times you will have to let it dry for 24 hours (after 12 hours it will be 85% set).


Does it leave visible joints like conventional vinyl can?

No. Thanks to its liquid state and its auto-levelling properties it doesn’t leave any visible joint marks, neither on application nor when repaired.