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March 13, 2017

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www.MarineVinylFabric.com awarded Google Trusted Stores badge

www.MarineVinylFabric.com, which offers great quality marine vinyl, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the MarineVinylFabric.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

"This badge is a true honor. It shows our commitment to customer service and quality. It is not easy to become a Google Trusted Store and we will continue to stand by our products and put the customer first." - David Goldman: Owner

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with MarineVinylFabric.com and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like MarineVinylfabric.com to attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

Your feedback is important to us. We read each and every review to help make sure our service is the best in the market. We also use the information to improve our service and product. Thank you to all our loyal and happy customers for helping us become a Certified Google Trusted Store. 

March 03, 2017

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Customer Spotlight

We simply sell a great quality product. It's you that turns our marine vinyl into amazing works of art. As a result we love to highlight our talented customers. This week let's learn about Robert Guy in this weeks customer spotlight.

 

Name: Robert Guy
Business: JCG Designs LLC
Contact Information: 1 770-313-3027
Location: Winston GA

 

How did you get started? 
I started in the mid 70s, but not on boats at first. I spent a lot of time fishing and boating on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. I began doing upholstery when I was a child, helping my parents restore old cars.  I assisted with the fabrication and sewing of entire interiors of vehicles. I fixed up a 1961 Mercedes 190SL, 1957 Chevy, 1969 Buick Gran Sport, Jeeps, and much more.  Later in life, I got into boats and I noticed that many of the boats I was seeing around had old cracked and deteriorated interiors. I originally had a hobby of buying old neglected boats, and refurbishing them. The new interiors made the whole project look very nice.

 

What is your favorite project and why?
I really enjoy designing cushions and tops with multiple color accents and designs.  They look much better than plain colors or white.

 

What do you look for when selecting materials?
My material selection and procurement probably takes the longest in the whole project. Sometimes I will match original colors, which is a challenge, but sometimes I will select materials based on tones and sharpness of the boat colors.  Sometimes you can change it up a bit, for a newer and better look for your boat. Vinyl is also easy to work with, and you have to be careful to get the correct weight material for the project at hand.  

 

What is your favorite tool?
In my shop, my oldest machine - Pfaff 545 is my favorite "go to" machine.  I have 8 industrial sewing machines in service currently including Pfaff 545s, 1245, 145, Consew 226R1, Cones 206 RB3, and a Singer 29-4 “Patcher”, but that 545 H3 is my favorite for upholstery.  I also use a Seiko CW-8B cylinder arm machine for top stitching tight inside curves and such.

 

What one tip would you give someone who wants to attempt a DIY project?
My advice to a DIY project manager would be to take your time, use contact tools and materials, and make accurate measurements.  Vinyl is very forgiving, but for the perfect look, you need to observe these things to get it right.

 

What do you wish your clients knew before they met with you?
My clients should know I work fast, and am all about customer service.  I ask them critical questions about design, preferences, etc, to make sure they get what they want. Unfortunately, I do lots of repair work and alteration work on articles that were fabricated by other shops.  It’s simple…   The customer comes first!

 

What do you enjoy doing when your not working?
I keep a twin engine Proline 29 Sport center console fishing boat at Captain’s Cover Marina, near my vacation home in Port St. Joe FL, and when not at work, every spare moment of my life is spent there on it either trolling offshore, island and sand bar “get togethers”, or just family time on the water.  There is something about the salt water, sand, and sun, that heals the soul like nothing else.  My wife and daughters enjoy it as well, which makes it even better!  This past summer, we caught Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Kings, Tuna, and other varieties.  

 

Do you do other work besides marine upholstery?
I am currently taking any requests for new custom and recovery cushions, coaming bolsters, T tops, Bimini Tops, Isinglass Enclosures, engine covers, fender covers, and other requests for jump seats, curtains, etc.  I also do side work with leather goods, and other miscellaneous requests.  No job is too big or too small, and I do work via mail and shipping too. Marinevinylfabric.com is my first stop for color selection.
Thanks Robert!

 

If you want us to highlight you and your work email us at Sales@MarineVinylFabric.com
February 22, 2017

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9 Easy Steps To Make An Ice Fishing Bucket Seat

Winter is officially here so that means it's ice fishing time! Don't worry spring will be here before you know it and we can go fishing from our boats soon enough. While there is still ice outside try to make yourself an easy ice fishing bucket seat.

This simple ice fishing bucket seat is so easy that you can build it in less then 2 hours with scraps from your garage? Not everyone will have these supplies laying around so we have priced everything out for you and you can build this for under $50. 

This bucket seat is perfect for ice fishing. You can use it as a tackle box and carry your gear easily out on to the ice or you can fill it with boiling water and keep your buns warm as you wait for your beer to kick in and keep you warm and toasty.

 Materials

 Tools

  • Jig Saw
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Glue
  • Marker

Step 1: Flip the bucket over on top of the plywood and trace the circle on to the wood using the marker.

Step 2: Use the Jig Saw to cut out the circle. Cut along the outside of the line to make sure the wood can fit nicely on top of the bucket without falling inside.

Step 3: Use the board as a template and now trace the circle on to the foam and cut it out using scissors or a utility knife.

Step 4: Glue the foam to the plywood and let it dry

Step 5: Lay out the marine vinyl fabric upside down and place the plywood circle on to the material. Take the backside of the marker and place it against the wood. Now tip the marker up slightly to begin drawing a larger circle around the wood. Note this circle doesn’t need to be perfect, but you want this circle to be about 5 or 6 inches bigger than the plywood circle to give you room to wrap both the plywood and foam.

Step 6: Staple the fabric on to the plywood board. Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you staple to remove any creases. If you need to get rid of minor creases you can use a hair drier to smooth out the fabric

Step 7: To keep the lid in place take a hinge and screw it on to the bucket.

 

Step 8: Cut 2” thick PVC pipe into 3” sections. The top of each section should be a 45-degree angle and the bottom should be a straight cut. These will hold your fishing polls.

Step 9: Place the PVC sections on the bucket and drill 2 holes in the bucket on the side of the PVC pipe and use 5” zip ties to secure it to the bucket. Tip: to keep the bucket balanced attach the PVC pipe evenly around the bucket to help distribute the weight .

Store your fishing gear inside the bucket or fill the bucket with boiling water to keep you warm. Either way I hope you enjoy it.

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?

Fabric Size Chart

How big is one linear yard of fabric?

Most fabric today is sold by the linear yard. One linear yard is 36" long and the width varies based on the roll of fabric. Our material is 54" wide. Here is a helpful chart to help you quickly convert linear yards into inches and feet.

Yards
Length
Width
1
     36 Inches (3 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
2
      72 Inches (6 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
3
     108 Inches (9 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
4
     144 Inches (12 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
5
    180 Inches (15 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
6
    216 Inches (18 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
7
    252 Inches (21 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
8
    288 Inches (24 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
9
    324 Inches (27 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
10
    360 Inches (30 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
11
    396 Inches (33 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
12
    432 Inches (36 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
13
    468 Inches (39 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
14
    504 Inches (42 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
15
    540 Inches (45 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
16
    576 Inches (48 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
17
    612 Inches (51 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
18
    648 Inches (54 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
19
    684 Inches (57 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
20
    720 Inches (60 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
21
    756 Inches (63 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
22
    792 Inches (66 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
23
    828 Inches (69 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
24
    864 Inches (72 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
25
    900 Inches (75 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
26
    936 Inches (78 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
27
    972 Inches (81 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
28
    1008 Inches (84 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
29
    1044 Inches (87 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
30
    1080 Inches (90 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
31
    1116 Inches (93 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
32
    1152 Inches (96 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
33
    1188 Inches (99 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
34
    1224 Inches (102 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
35
    1260 Inches (105 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
36
    1296 Inches (108 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
37
    1332 Inches (111 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
38
    1368 Inches (114 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
39
    1404 Inches (117 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
40
    1440 Inches (120 Feet)
54 Inches (4.5 Feet)