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Preserving Yacht Exteriors: The Role of Surface Protection Film

In the world of diesel engines, soot—a byproduct of combustion—is an inevitable emission. Consider this: a 99kW generator fitted on a yacht pre-2012 is permitted to discharge over 700 grams (equivalent to more than 1.5 pounds) of particulate matter, primarily soot, every day.

What happens next is intriguing. Countless minuscule soot particles embed themselves within the microscopic pores found even in the most top-tier hull finishes. The aftermath? Unsightly staining, leading to subsequent damage to paint or wraps as attempts are made to eradicate these stubborn marks.

This conundrum poses a challenge: how do you maintain a pristine yacht exterior without compromising its finish? The solution lies in the implementation of Exterior Surface Protection Film. Let's delve deeper into how this film serves as a shield, protecting your yacht from these staining woes caused by relentless soot deposition.

Preserving Your Yacht: Key Areas for Surface Protection

When it comes to safeguarding your yacht's pristine look, certain areas demand extra attention and protection.

1. Exhausts

  • Waterlines and the zones behind exhausts are particularly vulnerable. These areas are prone to staining and damage due to continuous exposure to exhaust residue. Utilizing Surface Protection Film (SPF) here offers excellent scratch resistance, and in some cases, these films are self-healing with the application of heat. Check out the case study on Seahorse for an in-depth understanding.

2. House Sides

  • Painted house sides, especially those in darker shades like black, tend to showcase scratches easily. SPF films provide outstanding scratch resistance, ensuring these surfaces maintain their pristine appearance. Additionally, some films possess self-healing properties when exposed to heat, such as from a hair dryer.

3. High Wear Areas

  • Areas experiencing frequent wear and tear, such as steps and staircases, deserve protective measures. The constant impact from shoes or hoses can mar the paint or finish. Applying SPF in these high-traffic areas safeguards against scuffs and scratches, preserving the aesthetics.

4. Beach Clubs

  • The beach club area, where tenders and toys come in contact with the yacht hull, faces considerable wear. Protecting this zone with SPF helps mitigate damage caused by the frequent bashing of tenders and toys against the hull.

By focusing on these critical areas and employing Surface Protection Films, you ensure your yacht retains its elegance and remains shielded against wear and tear, maintaining its allure voyage after voyage.


Preparation is key – ensuring the surface underneath is thoroughly clean and free from oil. Adhesive films adhere best to smooth surfaces, so typically, the process involves meticulous cleaning followed by fitting.

Fitting Surface Protection Film (SPF) poses a challenge due to its transparency, revealing every flaw underneath. However, with a skilled team, proper fitting renders the film virtually invisible. It's essential to ensure the coverage area is adequate; otherwise, over time, the film may appear clean while the surrounding areas accumulate dirt, disrupting the seamless look.

Benefits of Surface Protection Film (SPF):

  1. Protects Against UV: Particularly effective for safeguarding cap rails from UV damage.

  2. Protects the Paint/Wrap Underneath: Acts as a shield, preserving the integrity of the underlying paint or wrap.

  3. Long-lasting Durability: Expect a lifespan of up to 7 years, ensuring prolonged protection.

  4. Ease of Cleaning: Simplifies maintenance with its easy-to-clean surface.

  5. Extended Cleanliness: Maintains a cleaner appearance for an extended period.

  6. Removability: Can be removed without hassle when necessary.

To enquiry about exterior surface protection for your yacht, please email:

Call: +44 20 3488 3912


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