Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marine Vinyl: Bring New Life to Your Boat

Lara Buck is back on the blog to share some ideas on bringing some life back into your boat!
These are some really good tips for anyone who has a boat or has a goal to own a boat.
Thanks Lara!
A boat is usually a person’s most prized possession, and it involves a lot of time and energy as well as money in order to make it look good. Boat owners want their boat to look spic and span at all times. This not only relates to the painting of the boat but also its upholstery, flooring and interiors. However, your boat may be often subject to rough conditions and keeping it as good as you’d like to may not always be easy. A simple solution, though, lies in the use of marine vinyl that can protect your boat and make it look great.

Marine Vinyl Boat

Why Marine Vinyl?

As the name suggests, marine vinyl is tough and is made to withstand even the worst conditions. This fabric has a PVC coating and a mesh-like backing. It is fade resistant for around 500 hours in the sunlight its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it ideal even when you’re on the high seas. It is mildew resistant as well and it is sulfide stain resistant and is great for upholstery, headboards, pillows and more.

Marine vinyl fabrics are also used to make outdoor furniture and for upholstery of boats, for boat flooring, topping and to trim components. It comes in various colors, textures as well as in a variety of designs. The great part about this material is that it is easy to clean, does not get discolored or stained and resists abrasions, apart from being resistant to scuffing, burnishing and blocking. Even the most difficult stains can be removed with isopropyl alcohol.

Choosing Marine Vinyl for Your Boat

While marine vinyl will certainly be an excellent choice for your boat’s upholstery, you need to choose wisely so that you don’t get taken for a ride and so that you get good value for your money. Here are some tips that can help you in this regard.

  • The brand you choose from should have matching welting or else the welting cord has to be sewn into the material.
  • Choose marine vinyl that feels like leather and is soft.
  • Vinyl that looks shiny or which has a plastic feel to it is usually a cheaper variety, and not as durable or long lasting. These also crack more easily.
  • Look for a lined portion which is referred to as heat pressed lining. This comes in 2 inch separations but also is available in different designs. However, 2 inch seams are usually the standard of most marine vinyl.
  • Choose from a reputed brand and make sure that the marine vinyl you’re buying is not a cheap rip-off. The best way you can ensure this is to buy only from reputed sellers who are serious about their quality and standards.

Marine Vinyl

Keep Your Boat Looking Great with Proper Maintenance

Although marine vinyl is very easy to maintain, don’t leave maintenance to chance. Clean it every few weeks with a mild soap solution. Avoid harsh detergents or bleach as this could destroy vinyl. Use a soft cloth or a sponge and wipe off excess water with a dry cloth once you’re done cleaning it.

When your boat’s upholstery is well-maintained, it looks great and lasts for a long time without fading. Since marine vinyl is designed to withstand heavy rains, saline water, rough use, and much more, it is the ideal choice for anyone who loves their boat, loves life on the high seas and who simply loves an adventure without having to bother too much about struggling with maintenance. Make your choice wisely and you can get to give your boat a complete overhaul, while increasing its value, durability and versatility.

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