Strataglass 40 Gauge Vinyl 54" x 110" Light Smoke is a pressed, polished and coated vinyl window material. A polymer coating is used to seal in the plasticizers (the chemicals added to the vinyl to keep it soft and supple). This coating also makes Strataglass more scratch resistant. (Test results on the UV coating show up to 70% blockage of UV-A rays and 100 percent blockage of UV-B rays.)
Strataglass 40 Gauge Vinyl Light Smoke Features: Size: 54" x 110" sheet Life expectancy 3-6 years (care & exposure dependent) Thickness in inches = .040 (1.00 millimeters) Light smoke in color
Installation is made easier if Seamstick (double-sided tape) is used to adhere the window material to the fabric before sewing and cutting. After Strataglass is sewn in place, use scissors to trim away the fabric and expose the window.
Strataglass recommends using 3M Adhesive Remover to remove any glue left from fabrication. Then clean with IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner and use IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish as the final step in installation to provide a base of protection and good watershed.
Since new vinyl can easily get impressions in itself, it is recommend that enclosures be left in place as much as possible. If completely removed, interleave the vinyl with either acid-free paper (available from framing shops) or old sheets (the best choice) to prevent "pooling" in the glass. Vinyl "seasons" over time and becomes less impressionable. Roll all curtains down and fasten in place nightly to keep a perfect appearance.
Strataglass recommends using only IMAR Products. IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish, IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner, and mild soap (preferably IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate) on Strataglass. Use the IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish every 2 to 3 months (every 4 to 6 weeks in areas of high fallout). In the interim, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner frequently.
Use of harsh cleaners like Simple Green and/or pine will dull the Strataglass quickly. Never use a wash and wax product on Strataglass. Using any other product voids the factory warranty. Use of RAINEX on Strataglass appears to work for a short time but then dulls the surface and presents an "Orange Peel" effect. Do not use RAINEX! Use of cleaners, polishes, scratch removers, or any other product made for regular, uncoated vinyl will damage Strataglass. Do not use these products. Do not handle Strataglass (or any vinyl) with sunscreen on your hands! This will permanently cloud the vinyl where handled.
Strataglass Cleaning Instructions:
Flush thoroughly to cool the surface and rinse away environmental abrasives. Wash with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate, or other equally gentle and high quality soap. Do not use Simple Green, Or pine or any other harsh cleaner - they will dull the surface. Apply the soapy water to the clear vinyl section of the curtain with special purpose washing mitt or soft cotton cloths. Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution with fresh water and completely dry the curtains with a high quality chamois. Your clear vinyl curtains should be washed whenever your boat is washed. After washing the curtains, apply IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish sparingly with small, light circular motions using a soft cotton cloth. Allow the polish to dry and then remove with a clean soft cotton cloth. Finally, lightly buff to a sparkling shine. Done. For routine maintenance between polishing, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. Insure the clear vinyl panels are free of abrasives. Very lightly mist a soft cotton cloth. Lightly and briskly rub a manageable sized area and then lightly buff dry with another clean cloth. Done. We recommend using IMAR Strataglass Cleaner at least weekly but it's so fast and easy you may want to do it daily. You'll love the shine. Restoring: We once recommended a restoration process but extensive experience shows actual damage cannot truly be repaired. If IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish cannot restore the clarity and shine, it may be time to consider replacing the enclosures.
We recommend using a #18 or #20 sewing machine needle.
Please Note: Strataglass and Crystal Clear have edge flashing which reduces usable size by up to 3" in each direction.