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Learn about different types of Vinyl Material.
Vinyl's technical name is Poly Vinyl Chloride. Vinyl is a flexible
waterproof material that can be made in many different colors by adding
dies and coloring agents, it can also be made clear
, opauqe and tinted.
Vinyl can be stamped with patterns like the
Safara-Tex Vinyl Composite™
shown below which is strengthened with a Polyester substrate, and is
also fire resistant.
The oldest and most well known brand of Vinyl that looks like leather is
Brand Vinyl Material
There is now a Government Specification Naugahyde®
material that meets many federal specifications for flame resistance,
additionally it has an antibacterial type of vinyl formula that
makes it easy to disinfect.
Rubber Duc ™ Rubberized Vinyl Coated Webbing
Beaded Smooth Vinyl Rubber Coated Webbing
Most vinyl fabric is actually a composite material containing a
polyester mesh or substrate either completely enclosed by vinyl on both
sides or bonded onto only one side of vinyl. The vinyl portion can
either be a solid rolled sheet that is laminated onto the substrate, or
an expanded vinyl product where air is introduced into the vinyl to make
it thicker, and feel softer like leather. Vinyl products like the
shown above consist of a hot
coated vinyl over the polyester substrate. This coating proccess makes
the vinyl bond better to the polyester substrate preventing delamination
of the vinyl from the substrate under normal conditions and wear and
The Rubber-Duc™ vinyl shown above is excellent for
making tarps and tents becuase of it's durable water proof construction
, its flexability in cold temperatures and it's fire resistance rating.
For a really heavy duty construction, reinforce all seams and hems in
your project with
nylon webbing. Use
quality Brass Grommets, and always use
Heavy Duty Nylon Sewing Thread.
Vinyl is used in many different applications from tarps and bags, to
table cloths and tents. There is also a vinyl that is formulated with a
special material that makes it block infrared light, this
IR Blocking Vinyl
is used almost exlusively by the military.
is also a common form of vinyl, it comes in several
different thicknesses and finishes and is crystal clear, weather
resistant so it makes great windows for tents and patio and porch
The table cloth Vinyl shown above has a non-woven felt-like backing made
out of polyester, which allows it to be both waterproof on one side, and
absorbant of moisture on the other side.
Usually the Polyester is the substrate or backing for vinyl but this
Polyester Backed Vinyl has just the opposite construction: the Polyester
is actually the front of the material intended to be visible when
manufactured into a textile product, the Vinyl backing gives the
material a stiff hand and makes it completely waterproof. Of course, as
with any material that is water proof, to maintain waterproof integrity,
the material must be handled and sewn in a way to preserve it's
waterproof qualities, like glueing instead of sewing, or using a silicon
cualking over stitching points to fill the holes made by the sewing
Vinyl coated Mesh
is also also considered a vinyl fabric, it can be made by hot dipping a
fiber mesh into vinyl, or by coating the fiber by running it through
molten vinyl, usually polyester or nylon; before weaving it into mesh.