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Athletic Gym Vinyl Fabric

Meet Flexa Marine Vinyl! Besides being great for boat seats and upholstery this athletic PVC Vinyl is a High Endurance material that is manufactured for gyms and workout equipment. This durable Athletic Vinyl is reinforced to withstand aggressive daily use and is built for rough and tough play. 

This is the vinyl you want in your gym equipment, as it’s perfect for every athletic application. Do you have a rip in a wall pad that needs repair? Or do you need to make some gym mats for your martial arts studio. This vinyl fabric is strong and will also work for punching bags, lifting equipment, wrestling mats and medicine balls. This Fabric is great for workout facilities and school gyms. This Athletic vinyl is so strong it can be used for football dummies, tackling shields and step-over dummies.

Flexa Vinyl comes in over a dozen solid colors. This heavy-duty indoor/outdoor PVC Vinyl is very easy to clean. Easily wipe sweat and blood away with warm soapy water. This Athletic PVC fabric is smooth making it look great while also making it easier to clean. This Athletic Vinyl is UV treated making it perfect for any outdoor weather. Need to have your teams logo printed on the material? No problem. Flexa Vinyl can be printed, sewed and heat-sealed.

 What should you look for in Athletic Vinyl?

You will want a heavier weighted vinyl. You will see Athletic Vinyl range in weight from 13oz per linear yard to 26oz per linear yard. We understand that most people want a material that will hold up to constant daily abuse. That is why we only carry PVC fabric that is 26oz per linear yard. We want to bring you high quality material at the most affordable prices.

Another important factor when selecting a material for a gym is the burst strength. The burst strength tests how much force can the material withstand when it receives a fast burst of pressure. On a scale of 1-10 the average burst strength of most athletic vinyl is 5 our material comes in at 10 (Test: CNS1353).

Working out and playing in a gym should be safe and fun. Athletic Teams should practice and win with the best gear and that is why we are here to help you grow stronger. Our durable Flexa PVC vinyl is perfect for you and will get you to the top.

We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional product at the lowest cost possible. We understand that school budgets can be tight and everyone wants the best deal possible. We also know that you want material that is durable and will last. We also know that gym and school equipment gets abused. We also know that you don’t like to deal with shady sales people that will over charge you to get a commission. That is why at www.MarineVinylFabric.com we have straightforward pricing that rewards people for the more they buy. It’s simple when you buy more you also save more.

How to make an outdoor bed?

Have you ever gone to a tropical resort and laid in one of those beautiful beds on the beach? There are usually only a handful of these beautiful beds that people usually fight over. If you have ever been to one of these resorts people usually wake up at the crack of dawn to try to reserve their bed for the day. They come with their book, margarita and other beach gear at 4:00am to claim their bed for the day.

If you have not experienced this first hand, you have likely seen an ad for a resort with one of these beds. Let me paint that picture for you. The sun is setting with that perfect pink and purple sky. The bright blue waves are crashing on to the beautiful sand. There are usually white linens on the bed gently blowing in the tropical wind. Than reality kicks in and you realize you are inside on your computer on a cold day wishing you could be relaxing on one of those beds. 

Well here’s your chance to bring a small part of that experience to your backyard. We are going to show you how you can build your very own outdoor bed.

First you need to figure out how much space you have. Do you have room for a king, queen, full or twin? Once you figure out what size space you have its time to get to work. Depending on your level of DIY skills you need to start by making a platform for the bed. Some people use pallets to lift the bed up and create a more modern look to the bed. Others might want that beautiful canopy type bed with large posts. These beds look more elegant, but are more complex to build. 

Once you have identified what type of bed frame you want, its time to get your hands dirty. Here are the supplies you will need.

  • Wood
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Some type of saw
  • Marine Vinyl Fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • UV Upholstery Thread
  • Double sided craft tape
  • 3” latex mattress topper

If you chose to make your frame/base out of pallets then pick them up and cut them to the size of the bed you want to build. If you chose some other type of frame you will need wood. The wood should be an outdoor wood. Cedar, teak and oak work well, but pressure treated wood will also work and is usually much cheaper. We would suggest staining or painting your wood before you put it together.

Every bed regardless of the type of bed you want to build needs legs, a frame, and slats. Your design will determine what size wood you will want to use for your frame but we would suggest a wood with a minimum of 2” thickness, as you don’t want the frame to break from too much weight. Thicker wood creates a more durable frame. Take your wood and cut it to size in a rectangular shape the same size of the bed and screw it together. Now you have a frame. To give it more support place a piece of wood down the center of the frame and screw it in place. Now cut slats to go across the frame and place each slat about 1-2 inches apart. Once the whole frame is covered you can either add legs to raise the bed up or add decorative casings and posts to reflect your design. 

Now that you have an awesome frame it’s time to turn it into an outdoor bed. Depending on your comfort level select a hard, medium or soft mattress or mattress topper. Since this will be outside in the sun the bed will naturally be a bit softer as the heat will soften the latex mattress material. This makes the bed more comfortable, but needs to be considered during your selection process. We suggest you choose a medium or hard topper for an outdoor bed. We would also suggest a thicker mattress topper or mattress so you don’t feel the wood slats underneath.

To make your bed waterproof we would suggest you use Marine Vinyl Fabric. This material is built for outdoor use. It’s water resistant and repels water. It’s UV protected to help protect the material from fading in the sun and has anti-mildew properties to help prevent mold. It’s very durable, heavy-duty fabric. 

Using the Marine Vinyl Fabric you will need to make a case for your mattress. It’s very easy if you have a sewing machine. You will need a thicker needle (size 90) as it goes through the thicker material easier. Use a UV protected upholstery thread as it’s a thicker thread and won’t fade from the sun. Here’s a quick tip to make your life easier place a small piece of scotch tape on the presser foot to allow the fabric to run smoothly through the machine and use double sided craft tape to hold your seems together. Now sew the fabric like a giant pillowcase to slip over your latex mattress. While the sewing machine is out you may want to make 2 or 3 outdoor pillows using the same steps mentioned above.

That relaxing outdoor bed doesn’t need to be in your dreams. Go ahead make it a reality. With a little work you can be sipping your own margarita with a book in your own back yard.

April 27, 2016

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Marine Green and Recycle Clean

Our main mission is to bring you the highest quality marine vinyl at affordable rates, but how we do that is equally important. We want to help keep this planet green and clean. This is why we do our best to create as little waste as possible.

At MarineVinylFabric.com we recycle all our cardboard, plastic and wooden crates. Any marine vinyl scraps are repurposed for samples or are donated to a local school for arts and crafts projects. It takes time to properly sort our “waste” into proper piles, but we know as a company that it’s the right thing to do to help make the world a better place.

 

It’s also important for us to find partners that also share the same values and go out of their way to leave a small footprint on the environment. Our cardboard tube supplier uses recycled material. We make sure to purchase shipping bags that are recyclable. And most importantly we makes sure our marine vinyl manufacturer uses state of the art technology to prevent harmful byproducts like releasing harmful smog into the environment. We don’t want to pollute our airways or waterways and as a result we go out of our way to create as little waste as possible.

Another way we support a green environment is by donating a portion of every sale to a marine conservation effort. At MarineVinylFabric.com we feel it is our duty to leave the world cleaner for future generations to enjoy. This year we have chosen to donate money to the Marine Mammal Center to help feed and protect the wildlife within the ocean. Animals every day are threatened by harsh oil spills, floating trash and other debris that invade their habitats. This trash is killing off entire ecosystems and species. Every sale will help make the world a better place. Every year we will support a different cause to keep the world cleaner and more peaceful. Let us know in the comments what causes you would like to see supported in the future. Remember a happy clean world is a peaceful world.

February 23, 2016

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Marine Vinyl Cosplay Costumes

Marine Vinyl is a very versatile material. Most people associate marine vinyl with boats, cars and upholstery, but there are many surprising uses for this extremely durable material. Some people make purses while others make belts. Now let’s focus in on a group of incredibly talented people that are usually ignored or thought of as a bit odd. These super fans love Cosplay and dressing up as their favorite characters. These folks put your typical Halloween costume to shame. These are real artists with real skills and attend events all year round to show off their talent.

This group is not small and Cosplay popularity has started to boom in the last 5 years. Check out this graph showing the rapid growth of Cosplay in the United States.

Now let’s take a moment to showcase some amazing work that is usually overlooked as many of these amazing costumes are made from Marine Vinyl. Cosplayers everywhere love Marine Vinyl for multiple reasons. It’s affordable, durable and provides the perfect leathery look that is needed for most costumes. We had an opportunity to talk to award winning costume designer Dan Wheaton. Dan makes costumes as a hobby, but his passion shines through in each of his costumes.

Dan has made 10 costumes in the last 3 years. He has attended 6 comic con conventions in 4 states. Dan’s passion is really driven by his love for comics and the community that thrives around super heroes and villains. Dan described Comic Con as a giant party where everyone is a celebrity. Everyone dresses up and takes pictures with their favorite super heroes like a red carpet event. Dan enjoys hanging out with a group of friends in an uncommon atmosphere while celebrating all things nerdy, in a no judgment zone, all while wearing amazing costumes that show off everyone’s creativity.                                                                                                       

Marine Vinyl Mortal Combat Costume

Cosplay Costume Mortal Combat
When asked about his choice in material Dan first looks at pictures to give him inspiration and than chooses his material based on what will provide the right look and feel as a finished product. Secondly, Dan considers how it will hold up over time (put up for long periods of no use, then weekends of high use in any weather with lots of people and maybe a few too many drinks), and finally Dan looks at price.  

Luckily for Dan and other Cosplayers out there Marine Vinyl is durable, affordable and holds up great over time. The fabric also looks just like leather, making it perfect for most costumes. Tell us what ideas do you have for costumes using Marine Vinyl?

November 10, 2015

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3 Easy Tips To Sew Marine Vinyl

Sewing Marine Vinyl is actually pretty easy. The biggest difference between sewing Marine Vinyl and other fabrics is the thickness. If the fabric is too thick you will need an industrial sewing machine. Our Marine Vinyl Fabric can be used with most regular sewing machines. Here are 3 helpful tips we use to help make sewing marine vinyl easier.


Tip #1: Use a thicker needle. We recommend using a size 90 needle as it is goes through the thicker material easier. We would also recommend you use a longer stitch as dense holes may provide a rip line much like a stamp perforation.


Tip #2: Place scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot to allow the foot to smooth easily over the marine vinyl without catching.


Tip #3: Never use pins. Use double-sided craft tape to hold your material in place when you sew. If you use pins it will leave holes in your marine vinyl fabric. You can also sandwich your marine vinyl fabric between two pieces of tissue paper to make the fabric glide through the sewing machine easier. 

 

Tip #4: If you plan on using your marine vinyl outdoors in the sun please make sure you use an outdoor UV treated thread. We recommend using a 69 bonded UV protected thread.

 

October 13, 2015

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Boat Seats Across The USA

Some people think Marine Vinyl is popular in only warmer states like Florida and California, but people use Marine Vinyl throughout the United States. Marine Vinyl is most commonly used in outdoor furniture, but many people use it to make purses and other art projects. You often sit on it at bars and restaurants. The most common place you will find Marine Vinyl is within Boat Seats. 

This graph shows you where in the US people are searching for Boat Seats. 

 

 

September 17, 2015

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How to Clean Marine Vinyl Fabric?

So last week I was having dinner with a friend of mine.

In between bites of Veggie Lo Mein, he asked me:

"How do you keep your boat clean? I’ve tried wiping it down, but my boat never looks as nice as your. What’s your secret?”

I'll tell you my secret. You need to treat boat seats like a small baby. You need to continuously clean and wipe them. You need to wipe them down with warm soapy water on a regular basis. Anytime someone spills on them or writes on them it's important to wipe it up right away. I always recommend the following.

  • Soap and Water - Warm Dish Soap and Water is the best way to safely clean Marine Vinyl. It may take some elbow grease, but if you clean your material every few weeks this method is the safest.
  • 3M Vinyl cleaner/protectant cream - This product is one of our favorites. It does a great job safely cleaning the surface of the Marine Vinyl Fabric and also adds a protectant layer to extend the life of the vinyl.
  • 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner - This product along with other mild cleaners are also ok to use.

Do Not and I repeat Do NOT Clean Marine Vinyl With Any Of The Following

  • POWER WASHER - Some people like to use a power washer on their vinyl, but this will damage the upholstery as it can pack too much pressure into one spot and can cause a rip in the material. 
  • MAGIC ERASER - Removes dirt, scuff marks and most anything that will be on your material including the protective outer coating. Some people will say this the best product to use, but be careful as it will remove more than you think.
  • Degreasers - This product will make your seats look very clean, but it will also wipe away layers of the protective coating weakening the material over time. Please note: degreasers might be necessary to clean up after extreme mold build up.  
  • Bleach - Bleach may appear to clean well for a time, but they clean by removing layers of finish along with the stained material on top of the finish. Vinyl is a porous material, similar to leather. The pores must be able to breathe, so be careful not to clog your vinyl's pores with suntan lotions, oils, etc. 
  • Goo B Gone - This product is great at removing sap, bird poop and other hard to remove messes, but this product will also remove the protective coating
  • 409 - Many People feel 409 and other cleaners are safe, but they really do more damage.
  • Gasoline - Many people will use gas as a cleaner as it will clean almost anything. This product is always available, but it's flammable stinks and is also to harsh for Marine Vinyl fabric.

Here are a few additional tricks that we have used. Disclaimer we only use these if we really have an issue that warm soapy water can't fix.

  • Pen Marks - Many people use marine vinyl as a table cloth in restaurants. Since most people pay with with a credit card pen marks become a huge problem. The good news is SUNSCREEN works wonders and will take pen marks out. Try It!

We hope you found this list helpful. Remember proper vinyl cleaning and maintenance increases the life of your boats interior. It is best to clean your boat every few weeks and keep it covered when not in use. When your boat seats are covered birds can't poop on it and the sun can't harm it. 

If you have any other questions about cleaning Marine Vinyl shoot us an email at Sales@MarineVinylFabric.com