Canvas Maintenance??

KimH

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I've never had canvas before. Have it now and it's new. What are you guys using to keep it maintained. Silicone spray of some sort?? Nothing?? Just soap and water?
 
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canvas Should be treated with proper sealant, I used a ceramic product. And the windows rinse with h20 only, and lots of soapy water. Soft microfiber only. My crew knows don’t touch the canvas, that’s my job. You have to want it to stay new to stay new. Mine is new two seasons old. We can seal the canvas for you if you want to bring them to me? We seal canvas and clear Windows roughly 15 bucks a square foot on new canvas. 25, if you want both sides sealed
 
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Genie Aye

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    Kim, suggestion, 303 fabric guard, it was recommended by the guy who did mine. I have 13 yrs on mine, waterproof every year. On the windows...Plexus, keeps it looking new, do both of these once a year, sometimes twice on the windows.
    The Plexus is amazing, makes used look almost new.
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    Genie Aye

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    303 is a decent product, but plexus turn the windows yellow.

    id suggest ceramic pro textile for the canvas. And car pro reload for the clear

    Funny, have used Plexus for 8 of they 13 years and mine aren't yellow..🤣🤣

    If canvas, go with what Benjamin recommends. The 303 for my sunbtella top has been everything and more for me. For my vinyl seatss, i have used 303 vinyl protectant since the 90's and works awesome, dried tuna blood comes right off and works agianst the UV rays, seats on my 33' were in the weather 365, 24/7 and were good as new at 7 yrs of abuse.
     
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    KimH

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    Tell you the truth I'm not sure what the canvas product is. Water beads on it now. I wouldn't think actual canvas but some sort of synthetic.
     
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    Genie Aye

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    Find out Kim, will make a difference in what should be used...
     
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    kwik_wurk

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    taking care of canvas is a huge pia; it’s just like waxing and sealing gel coat...

    Get the right product on the right material, as others mention.

    Cleaning is straightforward: A good rinse, soapy water wash (light brush on canvas, clean cotton rags on windows), rinse again, then dry and apply product of choice.

    A few tips about some other stuff...

    -Lube the snaps, not a glob but just a touch...
    -Lube the zippers, especially those that are not going to be used much...(as in stay in one spot the entire season)
    -Keep dedicated clean rags for the vinyl windows... scratches are really the issue. (Think late summer forest fires and all that ash, or a trailer boat getting road grit. Rinsing only goes so far.)
    -Don’t forget to occasionally clean the seams and build up areas with a small soft brush. (toothbrush) Especially if it‘a white thread, as the thread/stitching will stain before before anything else.
    -If bungie is used for tie-downs, check that the bitter ends are melted/taped and not too long that they flap/rub. Get an extra length for spares.
    -For the deep clean, bring a folding table and lay down an old bed sheet or towels to do the final drying and sealing.
     
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    Nisshin Maru

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    Got to take care of the snaps, no matter how much you take care of the cover once you start tearing off the snaps its game over. Twice a year Vaseline with a Qtip its non staining
     
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    EJ Swanny

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    Good thread KimH. I had the same questions. In addition, what is the best way to store them when not in use...roll them up or fold them? Also, if we're missing snaps (not the typical snaps) does anyone have a source for these? Once polished up with Meguiars, does anyone use Rain-X for their vinyl windows, how does it work??

    Thanks all.......
     
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    KimH

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    Good thread KimH. I had the same questions. In addition, what is the best way to store them when not in use...roll them up or fold them? Also, if we're missing snaps (not the typical snaps) does anyone have a source for these? Once polished up with Meguiars, does anyone use Rain-X for their vinyl windows, how does it work??

    Thanks all.......
    Farallon told me to roll them up and secure them with the snap straps when fishing. I'll leave them down otherwise. Their canvas guy built them where when they are down you can remove and store the snap straps so they aren't flapping and scratching the windows when running. Good idea....if I don't lose the strap.

    It looks like Fisheries Supply has a fair assortment of snaps et cetera for marine canvas so you might be able to find a match on their web site for the snaps you need. Googling or Binging Marine Canvas snaps brings up a lot of stuff also. I use Bing most of the time for some reason.

    Haven't a clue about Rain-X but I'd be cautious.

    On the Sunbrella web site they recommend 303 fabric guard. Not sure if I need to use it now as they're new.
     
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    EJ Swanny

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    What I'm talking about is storage in the cuddy. I only run curtains/vinyl if it is a deluge with bad seas. I like the wind and salt in my face. Better visibility and connection to the salt/sea :rockin:..........but I've also been burned by too big of seas to put them on when I need them. Some guys never take them off, some don't like them......personal preference.

    Thanks KimH
     
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