HH-66 Vinyl Cement

Why Use HH-66 Vinyl Cement?

There are a lot of reasons vinyl cement can come in handy. For example you may need to cover something REALLY big like say a collection of your husband’s “project cars” that are laying in Frankensteinesque pieces on the front lawn for several seasons. He’s been promising to DO something with them but so far they don’t look like they are any closer to driving away than the day they arrived. Alas, a V18 tarp won’t even begin to cover the pile. But what if you could make your tarp bigger…20 feet wide…maybe 30 feet… maybe in a forest or kelly green, like soft rolling hills in spring? Don’t despair, HH-66 to the rescue!

What is HH-66 Vinyl Cement ?

HH-66 is a clear, fast drying (3-5 minutes), waterproof, solvent-synthetic resin adhesive. It is used for bonding vinyl coated and vinyl laminated fabrics like V18, urethanes, vinyl foams and films, wood, leather, and metals. It is also fantastic for sealing and waterproofing stitched seams.

What Should I Expect When Using HH-66 Vinyl Cement?

HH-66 dries hard and very strong, yet remains flexible. It is highly resistant to oil, fuel, grease and many chemicals. It’s not affected by weather and extreme temperatures (-30 F to 180 F), can be applied at almost any temperature and it can be used in applications that are wet or even submerged in water. Thus, for bonding our V18 tarps together to make one strong and effective cover for the eyesore in the yard HH-66 is perfect. Plus, we can fix the giant tear in the kid’s collapsible pool that has seen one too many seasons and yes, the blow up dinosaur float tube that is in it as well!

How Does It Work?

Application is by brush, roller, or squeeze bottle by applying one coat to each surface. Then fuse the 2 pieces together by bonding coated surface to coated surface using roller pressure to mate the surfaces. Although the material may be bonded while wet, it’s better to let HH-66 get a little tacky by waiting 3 to 5 minutes before bonding the surfaces together. Once dried it can be reactivated to a tacky state by high heat or solvent, important if you have the coffee jitters when your fusing your V18 tarps together and need to make a few adjustments.

Where Else Could HH-66 Be Used?

Ok so maybe you don’t have a pile of junk…ehem “project” car parts in your yard and you gave the pool away last year. HH-66 Vinyl Cement has other uses you might find interesting including:

• Tarpaulins

• Pool Covers

• Furniture

• Oil Booms

• Domes

• Inflatables

• Flexible Signs

• Mats

• Tension Structures

• Furniture

• Sporting Goods

• Protective Coatings

• Liners

• Awnings

• Trailer-covers

• Footwear

• Flexible Hose

• Industrial Curtains

• Dock Seals

Whatever project you have in mind, there is a good chance HH-66 could help you out

Water Resistant Fabrics: Why it’s Important

When it comes to industrial grade fabrics for shade and outdoor projects, not all of them are the same. Some are designed to withstand the elements and some are not as well equipped. Projects that are designed for environments where rain and moisture are prominent – like in Seattle or Portland – requires textiles that are water resistant.

But what does water resistant really mean? Surprisingly, water resistant fabrics are different than waterproof textiles. In fact, the two terms mean different things. Let’s break it down:

  • Waterproof: This means that water can’t penetrate the fabric. However, this means it is not breathable. Fabrics should have a level of breathability, especially in the boating industry. See below for more about this.
  • Water Resistant: A fabric that is water resistant means that it repels water from the surface of the textile. However, this doesn’t mean it’s completely waterproof; there’s a reason for this. In boating and marine industry fabric applications, water resistant fabrics are important because breathability in a fabric allows it to dry and keep mold and mildew from growing. When a fabric is not breathable that means moisture can get trapped. A waterproof fabric is not breathable the way a water-resistant fabric is. Water resistant fabrics are great for boat covers and other applications that require the textile to be breathable.

Now that you know the difference between water resistant and waterproof fabrics, here’s a quick list of why it’s important to have water resistance in your fabric projects:

  • Prevents Damage: Water can damage any fabric. Water resistance allows the fabric to repel moisture and keep the fabric from degrading. This is important for outdoor projects like awnings and tents.
  • Helps Prevent Mold & Mildew Growth: Moisture is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Once your fabric starts growing these unsightly, damaging microbes, it’s hard to get the textile back to its former glory and you might be looking at replacement costs. In marine/boating fabrics, this is why water resistance is so important. Boats and other watercraft are exposed to water and moisture that can get trapped when covered or in storage and cause mold and mildew growth.
  • Breathability: This is an important aspect of water resistant fabrics. Breathability allows for a boat cover or other specialty textile to dry and help prevent damage to the fabric and growth of mold or mildew.

If you have questions about whether to use water resistant or waterproof fabrics for your next project, contact your local textile supplier or your manufacturer for more information. Or, let us know how we can help you by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

When it comes to specialty fabrics, it’s important to know that not all textiles are created equally. In fact, specialty fabrics are created for a variety of industries and not everyone uses the same process, materials, or customer service when it comes to supplying textiles.

Using a quality textile that’s produced with care may cost just a little extra, but that fabric will last and save you in the long run; you won’t have to replace so often. For example in an awning fabric, you want to be sure the textile you use in your project is designed to withstand the elements, is UV ray resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and waterproof.  If you choose a fabric that is mass produces and doesn’t have the aforementioned qualities, your project’s textile may not last as long.

Remember fabrics in the marine, upholstery, outdoor, and auto industries are designed with unique properties that make them last within their respective environments. For example, in the marine industry, boats use specialty fabrics for shade covers, boat covers, and upholstery.

Marine fabrics are typically designed to withstand the sun, rain, ocean or fresh water spray, and the wear and tear of watersport activities. Some marine fabrics are UV ray resistant and waterproof but may lack that mildew and mold resistance which is important for boats. That’s why finding a supplier with knowledge of your industry’s needs is essential. After all, you don’t want your project to fall apart or your customer to be upset.

Another important aspect of a quality fabric is the customer service that it is backed by. Some fabrics suppliers may not have the knowledge you need to support your project’s specifications, or they may not be fast in responding to your queries. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that your textile supplier is efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, and willing to help.

Now that you know a little more about specialty fabrics and why using quality textiles matters, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

When it comes to specialty fabrics, it’s important to know that not all textiles are created equally. In fact, specialty fabrics are created for a variety of industries and not everyone uses the same process, materials, or customer service when it comes to supplying textiles.

Using a quality textile that’s produced with care may cost just a little extra, but that fabric will last and save you in the long run; you won’t have to replace it so often. For example in an awning fabric, you want to be sure the textile you use in your project is designed to withstand the elements, is UV ray resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and waterproof.  If you choose a fabric that is mass produced and doesn’t have the aforementioned qualities, your project’s textile may not last as long.

Remember, fabrics in the marine, upholstery, outdoor, and auto industries are designed with unique properties that make them last within their respective environments. For example, in the marine industry, boats use specialty fabrics for shade covers, boat covers, and upholstery.

Marine fabrics are typically designed to withstand the sun, rain, ocean or fresh water spray, and the wear and tear of water sport activities. Some marine fabrics are UV ray resistant and waterproof but may lack that mildew and mold resistance which is important for boats. That’s why finding a supplier with knowledge of your industry’s needs is essential. After all, you don’t want your project to fall apart or your customer to be upset.

Another important aspect of a quality fabric is the customer service that it is backed by. Some fabrics suppliers may not have the knowledge you need to support your project’s specifications, or they may not be fast in responding to your queries. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that your textile supplier is efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, and willing to help.

Now that you know a little more about specialty fabrics and why using quality textiles matters, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Solar Heat Gain: What is it?

It’s summer. It’s sunny. It’s hot. Well, at least, it’s supposed to be… But even when it’s not sweltering outside, that doesn’t mean your home or office building isn’t absorbing the sun’s heat. Simply put, solar heat gain is how much heat is absorbed by your structure from the sun’s light.

Basically, the hotter the day, the more heat your building will absorb. The heat is transferred into your building through windows, doors, and cracks. Scientifically, and according to the US Department of Energy:

“Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC)is the fraction of solar radiation admitted through a window, door, or skylight — either transmitted directly and/or absorbed, and subsequently released as heat inside a home.”

So, what this means for homeowners and businesses is that during the summer, it’s important to have the right curtain fabrics, awnings fabrics, and other shade structures covering your windows and doorways to help reduce solar heat gain. For example, using a textile specifically designed to withstand the sun – like our Brun Tuff Vinyl – helps reduce solar heat gain.

Particularly for businesses, solar heat gain can increase energy bills and strain the load on the air conditioning unit. Restaurants and hotels with large and numerous windows and doorways are even more susceptible to solar heat gain than just a regular home; the more windows and doors, the more sunlight gets through. That’s why it’s important to use shade structures, drop screens, curtains, and other shade products.

Specialty fabrics, including our Sunforger Canvas, are specially developed to be resistant to uv rays, mold and mildew, and more. Specialty textiles are created to withstand the harsh elements, including the constant onslaught of the sun’s summer rays.

Now that you know a little more about solar heat gain and why it’s important to use shade structures and the right fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Webbing Fabric Options: A Rundown

First, before we get into the types of webbing fabric options available, let’s understand what exactly this textile is.

Webbing fabric is a tightly woven textile that comes in a flat strip or tube of varying widths and fibers. You might see webbing fabrics in things like carrying straps, belts, and harnesses. Webbing fabric is a versatile product that comes in a variety of options for multiple uses. Webbing fabric options include:

  • Cotton: This is a natural fiber that you might see used in collars and leashes. The fabric isn’t as strong as other textiles and may fade, tear, or fray faster. However, it’s a nice fabric you can use for simple applications.
  • Polypropylene: This is great for outdoor use because it is UV ray resistant and water repellent. This textile is also mildew resistant and has a low stretch. Typically, this fabric is used in bags, the food service industry, hospitals, camping products, and sports equipment. It’s also a great choice for marine and other water related uses.
  • Nylon: This is a very strong fabric and has a high tear strength. This is a great option for things like straps, sail corners, and ring installations. This is also great for canvas edges.
  • Acrylic: This is also a synthetic material, like polypropylene, and is a durable fabric that’s excellent for outdoor use. This is great for boat applications and can withstand the rigors of the outdoors.
  • Rubber: This is great for use in upholstery projects. You might see this in restaurant seating or even in furniture in the form of straps or in the seats or backs of the item. This textile is great because of its elasticity and its inherent strength; that’s why it’s great for use in furniture.

As you can see, there are a variety of webbing fabric options. Finding the right one for your project means looking at what each option offers and then consulting your fabric supplier. Keep in mind, not all webbing fabrics are universal and some are appropriate for upholstery and others are not. Remember, your textile supplier can offer you a detailed look at each type of webbing fabric available and can help you narrow down your choices until you find the right one.

Now that you know a little more about webbing fabric and your options, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

UV Ray Resistance: Why it’s Important in Awning Fabrics

What are UV rays? Why should you care? Why is it important for things like awnings? The answers are simple.

UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation which are emitted by the sun. These rays are harmful and can cause things like color degradation in fabrics, deterioration in textiles, and sunburns. UV rays are not visible to the human eye.

When it comes to awnings and the fabrics that make up these shade structures, it’s important that it be UV ray resistant. Fabrics, like skin, are subject to damage from the sun. Awnings are outside, 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. This means awnings are exposed to the sun and UV rays consistently, constantly, daily. The textile that makes up an awning is a specialty fabric and is designed to withstand the elements.

For example, our TOP NOTCH awning fabric is UV ray resistance and colorfast, breathable, reversible, water repellent, and fade resistant. These qualities are excellent for awning use and for other outdoor applications like trailer covers and marine tops.

Our line of RECACRIL fabrics are especially developed for awning and tent applications. UV ray resistance is just one of the many features of this line of awning and tent fabric; it has high tensile strength, high tear strength, and is water and dirt repellent.

Using awning fabrics with UV ray resistance is important because without it your textile is subject to:

  • Fading: UV rays and sunlight can fade the color of your fabric if it is not protected. This means the color of your awning will diminish and you will need to replace the fabric sooner rather than later.
  • Damage: UV rays and sunlight can damage a fabric and cause its fibers to degrade with time.
  • Sunlight Incursion: Most importantly, UV ray resistance means that the damaging effects of this radiation are not allowed through the fabric of the awning. This means you and your loved ones are protected from the sun’s harmful rays and ultimately from sunburns.

Remember, using UV ray resistant awning fabric is important, but it’s not the only thing you should be looking for in an awning textile. Keep in mind you want to find fabrics that are designed for the outdoors and include UV ray resistance, water repellency, and more. Consult your manufacturer or supplier for more information about awning textiles.

Now that you know a little more about UV ray resistance and awning fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Grommets; What are they & Why do they Matter?

Grommet, it sounds like a name for a fictional character in a book. In reality, a grommet is a ring or eyelet made of metal, plastic, or other materials. Grommets are essential to various fabric projects including things like banner signs, tarps, flags, and tents.

Grommets are small and often an underappreciated part of most projects. These eyelets are used to help provide a hole in a banner sign, display card, or other textiles. The hole is meant for looping, hanging, tethering, or tying together the fabric.

So why do grommets matter in a project involving fabric? Why not just punch a hole through your tent or banner and hang it without a grommet? The answers are multifaceted.

A grommet provides a fabric project with a reinforced metal or plastic hole that you can loop a cord or string through without worrying about rips or tears in the textile. A grommet also keeps your fabric project looking professional. Grommets come in various types, sizes, and colors to match your textile. Here’s a quick list of some of the grommet types:

  • Self-Piercing: These are the simplest of grommets requiring no pre-punched hole. These are designed to cut their own hole. With a single action, you can set the grommet with its matching washer and be done.
  • Plain: These grommets are made of various metals and include plain washers. These require a hole cutter to set the grommet in the fabric.
  • Spur: These are heavy-duty grommets with “teeth” that help penetrate fabric. The teeth lock with the other half of the grommet making it difficult to pull out. These are great for use in tarps and flags.
  • Kits: These include everything you need to set a grommet including: a hole cutter, wood block for cutting, a setter, and plain grommets and washers.

As you can see, there are several types of grommets. Using the right one for your project is important and requires that you do some research. Not all grommets are the same and some are designed for use in projects like tarps and flags, while others are designed for use in banner signs and tents. One way to ensure you are using the right grommet for your textile is to consult your supplier and ask the right questions.

Now that you know a little more about grommets and why they are necessary, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Fasteners: What You Need to Know

When it comes to designing shade structures, furniture, cars, and well, a whole bunch of other large projects, they all have one thing in common: fasteners. But what are these tiny objects?

According to www.dictionary.com a fastener is:

“Any of various devices, as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate, as two edges or flaps of a piece of clothing.”

So, what does this really mean? A fastener basically holds stuff together. In fact, fasteners come in a variety of types and are used in things including but not limited to fabric projects like:

  • Car upholstery
  • Marine upholstery
  • Awnings
  • Patio Covers
  • Tarps

Fasteners come in a range of styles including our:

An example of how a fastener works can be seen in our Stay-Put Shock Cord Loop system. This fastener provides stability and security with the adjustability of a bungee cord. Using the Stay-Put Shock Cord Loop, you can hold together fabrics in a project that requires flexibility; like a boat cover or tarp. Using these loops, you can bring together two sides of fabric and “fasten” them in place. But, let’s say the cover or tarp needs to be adjusted to a different size, you can easily use the flexibility of the bungee cord loop. This not only saves you time and money, it also provides a level of ease your customers will appreciate.

In furniture and other upholstery, fasteners are useful in keeping the fabric tight on the frame. For example, our caps are excellent for upholstery projects. These small snap caps/buttons can provide a nice aesthetic to any upholstery project. Think of a line of these shiny caps studded on the side of a piece of furniture.

Truly, fasteners like our caps, studs, and snads are great for a variety of projects and come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Fasteners are used in a bunch of things that we typically take for granted. Things like containers, seat belts, clothes, and more.

Remember, using the right fastener for your project is important and finding the right supplier for your project is just a click away.

Now that you know a little more about fasteners, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Fire Retardant Fabrics: How do they Work?

Fire Retardant Fabrics: How do they Work?

What is a fire-retardant fabric? How do they even work? Well, for starters, fabrics that can withstand the burning flames of a fire are developed with special coatings and fibers designed to take the heat.

You might be wondering, where would you want to use fire retardant fabric? Well here’s a quick list of things you might see these textiles:

  • Hospital Curtains
  • Tents
  • Awnings
  • Canopies
  • Bags
  • Spa Covers
  • And more…

In fact, there are two types of fire retardant textiles:

  • Inherent: these are fabrics that are naturally resistant to flames. Like vinyl, some fabrics resist fire just by their basic make-up. This means these textiles are not treated with chemicals or other additives to make them fire retardant.
  • Treated: textiles that are not inherently flame retardant must be chemically treated. This means over time, the fire-retardant quality of the fabric can be worn out.

Fabrics like our Top Gun fire retardant textile are great for tents, awnings, canopies and other industrial applications. Keep in mind, treated fire retardant textiles are not all the same. Some are treated with coatings that don’t last as long as others. Or only the top of the fabric is treated.

So how do these textiles work? Doesn’t everything burn at some point? For starters, fire retardant fabrics are designed to keep the textile from burning right away. At some point, some fabrics will burn even if they have been treated or are inherently fire retardant. This isn’t a failure on the fabric’s part, but a matter of chemistry. If you throw a fabric in a burning fire for long enough, eventually the coating or the fibers will get worn off or hot enough to catch fire. But, you would have to leave those fabrics in the fire for a long time.

Fire retardant fabrics are meant to help keep fires at bay and give you time to put out the flames. That’s why these specialty fabrics are used in hospitals, cars, tents, awnings, and industrial textiles. Now that you know a little more about fire retardant fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.