Kal Glas Vinyl Material is a 40 gauge pressed and polished transparent window material designed for marine and automotive applications. Kal Glas is comparable to Crystal Clear and is carefully polished to increase consistency and clarity. Kal Glas can be sewn just like fabric and is a great window material for marine windows, enclosures, dodgers, sail windows and awnings.
Kal Glas Vinyl Window Material has a DOT Certification Stamp embossed in the surface which is nearly 2" x 2" in size and in placed roughly 4 inches in from one corner. The "AS-6" stamp is required when the glass is used for automotive purposes and is proof of certification from the Department of Transportation that the glass meets minimum requirements (UV-resistance, cold crack, etc.). The stamp cannot be removed during the manufacturing process. Our marine customers have chosen both methods throughout the years: remove that portion of the glass during installation or choose to display the stamp. However, it is NOT a requirement in the marine industry to display the stamp.
Please Note: This is a clear vinyl window material with a very mild tint.
Kal Glas 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 carefully trim away the fabric from the window.
Pro Tip: Bind the raw edges with a 1-inch binding for a more finished appearance.
Kal Glas Care & Cleaning:
Wash regularly with mild soap and water, rinsing away salt and debris first. To prolong the life of Kal Glas, use 303 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.
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. Vinyls contain plasticizers, chemicals that make them soft and pliable, that over time work their way to the surface and evaporate, wash away, or rub off. The top coat (PVF or PVDF) is applied to block plasticizers from migrating out of the material.
Top coats, such as 303 Aerospace Protectant, greatly increase the life of vinyl windows, especially those left up permanently. Its effectiveness is reduced on applications that are taken on and off or folded regularly.
|Fabric Content:||100% PVC|
|Certifications:||FMVSS 205, FMVSS 302, Mil P-18080A|
|Cold Crack Rating:||-50°C|