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8 Tips for Placing Vinyl Sticker Decals on a Boat

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ID-10023530Patiently placing a vinyl sticker on your boat will save you headaches in the long run. Avoid the urge to rush through the cleaning or adhering process to place your decal effectively. Adhere your sticker on a fair weather day but make sure to avoid directly sunlight and any sandy or dusty conditions for a flawless placement.

Be careful to peel the sticker slowly on a windy day since the sticky decal can easily fold older itself or crease in such conditions. Use oven cleaner to remove old painted letters where you want to place your new sticker. Always wear eye protection and gloves during the cleaning process to be safe. More than anything else simply take your time during the adhering process to effectively place your sticker.

Clean Surface

Use acetone or similar aggressive cleaning solution to clean surface of dirt and grime. Clean once again with soapy water to remove any residue consistent with old sticker decals. Allow area to dry so no residue affects the placement of new decals. The optimal temperate for sticker placement should be between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that applying stickers in environments where the humidity rises above 90% can adversely affect the application process.

Position Decal

Mark off where you want to place the sticker with masking tape. Underline this region to pinpoint the spot or simply use the ghosted image remaining from your former sticker.

Mix Solution

Mix a cleaning solution of water and liquid detergent. Separate the decal from the paper backing and mist water on the spot where you wish to place the decal. Spray mist on the decal’s sticky side.

Position Decal

Position the decal in the desired position while the area remains very wet. Slide the sticker into place using the soapy, viscous water. Note that the water does not affect the adhesion of the sticker. Using fluid simply helps to reduce air bubbles and with positioning of the decal.


Squeegee water from under the decal. Work your way toward the edges from the middle to effectively remove water from under the sticker. Stroke in one direction at a time. Using a back and forth motion will not effectively remove water. After repeating this motion for several times you will have reduced air and water build up from underneath the sticker.


Allow the decal to dry. Drying times vary with the air temperature from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Shade the treated area to avoid direct sunlight during the drying process.


Peel the clear tape so the decal affixes to the boat. If the decal does not stick effectively to the boat allow the sticker to dry before trying to peel the translucent tape.

Bubble Check

Observe the decal for bubbles. Burst big bubbles with a small pin and address smaller bubbles by using a squeegee to smooth it out to the closest edge. Tiny bubbles will disappear after being exposed to the sun for an extended period of time.

About the Author: Ryan Biddulph shares tips to help you adhere custom vinyl lettering stickers

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October 30, 2013 |  by  |  Automotive  |  Comments Off

What Factors Affect Car Insurance Rates Besides Your Driving Record?

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1380710_untitledAuto insurance, like any other type of insurance, is one of those payments that we find to be quite the pain. But, if we get into an accident, we will be glad we had it.  Rates can vary greatly depending on where you live and a variety of other factors that have nothing to do with your driving history. If you were curious about what is determining your rates, here are some of the primary considerations used to calculate premiums.


Gender is a big factor in determining all kinds of insurance rates. For example, women tend to have higher health insurance premiums because they are found to visit doctors more. When it comes to auto insurance, men are more likely to get into a car accident than women. A recent survey found that over the course of a lifetime, men pay more than 15,000 dollars in premiums than women. Some countries in Europe, however, are passing legislation that would prevent companies from calculating rates based on gender.


Along with gender, statistics make a strong case for charging certain age groups more for insurance. If you are under 25, you will be paying more, especially if you are male. For about the next 40 years after, your rates will not really be influenced by your age. Once you get to 65 and beyond, however, rates will increase again.

Credit Score

While you may not think how you handle money would affect your car insurance premiums, think again. While there are probably plenty of drivers with poor credit that drive like a dream, and financially responsible people that drive like maniacs, the fact remains that studies have established a strong link between credit scores and more frequent, and more expensive claims. There are some insurance companies that do not use credit scores in their calculations, however.


Insurance premiums are based on risk, and where you live will have a strong influence on car insurance premiums. If you live in an urban area, you have an increased risk of an accident and are more likely to be a victim of theft or vandalism.

Driving Frequency

The more you drive, the more likely you are to get in an accident. If you are using your car daily and driving a longer distance, you will have a higher rate than someone who drives their car simply for pleasure.

Other Factors

Your marital status, whether your own your home and your degree of education may also affect scores. One survey in the United States found that a professional, married woman who owned her home paid 68 percent less for insurance than a single woman who only graduated high school and rented her home. Interestingly, the latter woman had good credit and no history of an accident in the last 15 years.

Shop Around

When shopping for car insurance, it is important to get at least three quotes; do not just take the first one you see, assuming your policy would cost the same at another carrier. While there is usually not dramatic differences, they can be significant enough that you want to get the full picture of options available; you can always compare your options at a variety of sites so take advantage of this easy way to compare prices.

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about a variety of insurance topics.

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June 23, 2013 |  by  |  Automotive  |  Comments Off

How to Choose the Right RV for You

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Next to your house, an RV is probably the most expensive thing you will ever buy. If you dream of hitting the open road in this house on wheels, you need to give some careful thought to your purchase. There are lots of different ways you can purchase one; they come in many different styles, each with their own benefits and drawbacks depending on your needs and preferences. Buying the wrong one can be a very expensive mistake. Here are some tips for choosing the right RV for your needs.

What Type of Travel Do You Anticipate?

In choosing the right RV, one of the most important considerations is the type of travel you envision. Are you planning on taking it out just on weekends or are long-term trips in the cards—or are you planning on beinga full-timer? How many people will you be traveling with? What are your privacy needs? What types of places do you plan on visiting? If you primarily want to tour back countries or spend time in national parks, a smaller RV is better, while luxury RV resorts can accommodate rigs of almost any size. Make sure the vehicle can handle the amount of weight you plan to add.

How Long Do You Want the RV For?

Rigs come in varying quality, and how long you want it to last depends on how long you think you will be using it. If you have plans to stay on the road for three years, your needs would be different than someone who thinks they will be full-timing it for a decade or longer. In the former scenario, it is not as important to buy an RV that is expected to hold up for the next 20 to 30 years. In the latter instance, you want to think about buying a quality rig from the start, unless you have the funds to buy a new one every few years. You know you are going to be using it, and like most material items, they will only get more expensive as time goes on, not less.

Where to Buy One

You can buy an RV at several different places: There are RV wholesalers, dealerships, private sellers and RV shows. Before you do anything, it is good to get an idea of what is out there. The Recreational Vehicle Association provides a calendar of expos. If you want to find a reputable dealership, check out the National RV Dealers Association. Autotrader is a great site for private sellers as is Craigslist.

Listen to the Advice of Others With Caution

Consulting with people who already own RVs can be a valuable source of information, but you should exercise caution when soliciting the opinions of others. Everyone will have their own idea of what is best, and their best may not be yours. There are lots of different recreational vehicles out there and there is no one ‘’best’’ vehicle that applies across the board.

About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things auto.

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June 19, 2013 |  by  |  Automotive  |  Comments Off

Pros And Cons Of Purchasing A Vehicle With A Rebuilt Title

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If you are getting ready to purchase a used vehicle, you might be wondering if it is worth it to save some cash and purchase a vehicle with a rebuilt title. While this can certainly make purchasing a vehicle more affordable, it also comes with its own set of potential drawbacks that you should carefully consider. Here is a list of some of the pros and cons that you might come across if you decide to purchase a vehicle with a rebuilt title.
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Pros Of Purchasing A Vehicle With A Rebuilt Title

Purchasing a vehicle with a rebuilt title can be a very good decision in some situations. Some of the more likely benefits of purchasing a vehicle with a rebuilt title include: cost, and ability to negotiate.

1) Cost
Because vehicles that have rebuilt titles are worth less than similar vehicles with clean titles, you can often get more for your buck if you purchase a quality vehicle with a rebuilt title. This can make it possible for those who are on a tight budget to purchase a vehicle that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.

2) Ability to negotiate
Because sellers of rebuilt title vehicles often have a very hard time finding buyers for their vehicles, they are more likely to negotiate the price with interested buyers. This means that you may be able to get the vehicle for an even better price than the one advertised. Being able to negotiate the price can be a huge advantage for you as the potential buyer.

Cons Of Purchasing A Vehicle With A Rebuilt Title

Although there are many potential advantages to purchasing a car with a rebuilt title, there are also some potential drawbacks that should be carefully considered before you come to a decision. Some of the cons of purchasing a vehicle with a rebuilt title include: repairs, and difficulty reselling.

1) Repairs
If you purchase a vehicle with a rebuilt title, you may end up paying a lot more than the vehicle is worth in subsequent repairs. This is why you should do your research in advance and find out exactly why the car has a rebuilt title. Cars are often listed with rebuilt titles for minor damage that may be sustained during a car theft, hail storm, or minor accidents. For minor damages such as this, your risk is fairly low and it may be worth it to purchase the car. On the other hand, if the car was involved in a major accident, or if it has sustained major water damage, then you may end up spending quite a bit of money keeping it in good repair once you have purchased it. For vehicles that have sustained significant damage, you may want to look elsewhere for a new vehicle.

2) Difficulty reselling
It is notoriously difficult to sell a vehicle that has a rebuilt title, so if you ever plan on reselling your vehicle in the future, you should keep this in mind. The majority of car buyers won’t even consider purchasing a car with a rebuilt title, which can make it quite difficult to sell your vehicle in the future unless you are willing to negotiate the price with potential buyers. If you plan to keep the car until the end of its useful life, then it shouldn’t matter whether or not you can easily resell it.
Keeping these pros and cons in mind can make it significantly easier for you to decide whether or not it is worth it to purchase a vehicle with a rebuilt title.

October 29, 2012 |  by  |  Automotive  |  Comments Off

A Car Can Be An Investment In Your Future

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Buying a car is truly an investment in your future. Not only does it allow you the freedom to go where you want to go, practically whenever you want, it also allows you to be more responsible for your own time and money. For many people, a car is the second most expensive thing that they ever buy – second only to their home. By choosing a car that is reliable and that fits your needs, your investment in a car can be a good one.

Small Things Make a Big Difference
When you are looking for a car, it is important to remember that small factors like engine size and extra features can actually make a big difference. There is a big difference between vehicles that have a four cylinder and a V6 or V8 engine. When you think about engine size, the first thing that probably comes to mind is power. Bigger engines are much more powerful; they accelerate more quickly and often have higher top speeds. At the same time, they often use more gas. If you will be commuting to and from work, you can end up spending considerably more in the long run when you choose a car or truck with a bigger engine. On the other hand, a car with a small engine may not be strong enough for towing a trailer, off-roading, or doing other recreational activities.
The extra features that you choose for your car can also make a big difference in the future. By choosing a base model car with little or no extra features, you can save a lot of money up front. Making sure that you stay within your budget is one of the most responsible things that you can do. Still, some of the upgrades and extra features can make the car a lot more comfortable and convenient. What’s more, having extra features will also make a big difference in the resale value of the car further down the line.

Regular Maintenance

If you want your car to stay in good condition, it is important that you read the owner’s manual. Pay special attention to the section on car maintenance. Make sure that you know how frequently they recommend maintenance, what type of oil is best when you get oil changes – regular or synthetic – and whether your warranty requires that you visit the dealership for maintenance. Also, whenever you notice that your car needs a repair, even a small one, make sure to do it quickly. If you wait too long to perform maintenance and minor repairs, the problem can compound or cause other related problems. By following through with these things, you will find that your engine runs more smoothly for a longer time.

Stay Organized

When it comes to your car, staying organized can make a big difference. Keep track of all of the maintenance that has been done by keeping your receipts. You can even store them in the glove box. Clean the inside and the outside of your car regularly. By staying organized and keeping your car clean, you will find that your car is more comfortable to drive and that it maintains its value better.

October 25, 2012 |  by  |  Automotive  |  Comments Off