This Crystal Clear Vinyl Material is a 40 gauge press polished window material with a smoke tint designed for marine applications. Crystal Clear is made using the same quality vinyl and processing as Strataglass (without the coating) and has good optical clarity with no haziness, dimples, distortion or fish eyes. Crystal Clear can be sewn just like fabric and is a great window material for marine windows, enclosures, dodgers, sail windows and awnings.
Crystal Clear Installation
Baste window material in place with seamstick over the fabric. Sew the window in place using a #18 or #20 needle and V-69 or V-92 thread. After sewing, use scissors to trim away the fabric from the window. Bind the raw edges with binding for a more finished appearance.
Crystal Clear Care and Cleaning
Wash regularly with mild soap and water, rinsing away salt and debris first — beware of washing with trapped grit in your cloth mitt. To prolong the life of Crystal Clear, use 303® UV Aerospace Protectant or IMAR on a regular basis to help restore plasticizer protection and add UV protection. Do not leave window curtains rolled up over a prolonged period of time. Roll down and snap into place nightly to avoid fold distortion or cloudiness from trapped water. The manufacturer suggests not using products like Rain-X, Pledge or Plexus as they will cause hazing, discoloration and distortion over time.
Why do vinyl windows turn cloudy and become brittle?
The key to keeping vinyl looking and performing like new is maintaining the integrity of the topcoat and protecting against UV damage. Vinyl fabrics contain plasticizers, chemicals that make them soft and pliable, and over time these chemicals work their way to the surface and evaporate, wash away, or rub off. The topcoat (PVF or PVDF) is applied to block plasticizers from migrating out of the material.
Topcoats, such as 303 UV Aerospace Protectant or IMAR, greatly increase the life of vinyl windows, especially those left up permanently. Their effectiveness is reduced on applications that are taken on and off or folded regularly.
Please Note: The manufacturer lists the size of the sheet as 54 x 110 inches; however, we have found that the sheet size varies up to 3 inches in length and 1 inch in width.
|Care & Cleaning:||See Documents for Full Instructions|
|Cold Crack Rating:||-10°F|
|Low Temperature Brittleness:||< -30°F|