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

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.

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.

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.