Awning & Tent Fabrics

Big News! We’re Now Vaughan’s Fabric & Supply

With our move towards new generations of leadership comes a new name and free freight.

Vaughan’s Fabric and Supply is a proud fourth-generation company with women leading the way. Located in the heart of Portland, Ore. for over 80 years, Frank Vaughan Sr. founded Vaughan Brothers, an auto top and upholstery manufacturing company, in 1929. After World War 2, he partnered with his brother Don Vaughan to further expand!

When Frank passed away in 1980, the company officially passed onto his son, also named Frank, who had begun working there several years prior to returning from time in the Navy.

Five years later, third-generation Carrie Vaughan (now Carrie Campbell) followed in her father’s footsteps when she joined the business. In 1999, Vaughan Brothers outgrew its space and expanded to its current location across the Willamette River in lower SE Portland.

In 2013, after working in every role and capacity, from the warehouse to customer service, Carrie took the helm. Her daughters Lindsey and Maggie will bring the business into the future by their mother’s side. With a new generation of female-business owners, what was formally Vaughan Brothers is now Vaughan’s Fabric and Supply.

A lot has changed at Vaughan’s Fabric and Supply, including our new look and name! We have been working hard to update our website and branding to fit the new us.

On the horizon, we’ll begin outreach to spotlight our loyal customers on this blog and our social media channels. We look forward to working with those who have shopped at Vaughan for years, while also welcoming new ones with open arms.

As a special thanks, we now offer free freight to all new and returning customers.

Stop by our website for highlights on new products and seasonal promotions!

Posted by Chris Nash in Awning & Tent Fabrics

How To Choose the Right Marlen Fabric

We were so pumped to have our Marlen Rep come out and speak at our March 2018 IFF! It helped us share how to choose the right Marlen fabric with our attendees.

In case you weren’t able to make the event, here are some of each unique Marlen Textiles fabrics’ strengths and applications.

About Marlen Textiles

U.S. manufacturing company Marlen Textiles makes the well-known Top Gun. They have a number of Top Gun variations and many other fabrics. Each line is specifically designed to enhance certain features, and when there are so many options, it can feel overwhelming to try and judge which fabric is best for a particular project. It isn’t really as complicated as it seems. It’s just a matter of preference.


Coated Fabrics

All Marlen Textile fabrics are made of 100% polyester. Polyester is a hydrophobic, synthetic fiber that dries quickly and is therefore inherently mildew resistant. It is strong and durable, hard to tear, and holds its shape. The coated products take this polyester weave and give it a weather-resistant acrylic coating.  All of Marlen’s textiles are printable. As you read below, note that “D” stands for Denier, which is a thread size unit of measure. The larger the number, the larger the threads.

Top Gun

This is Marlen’s hottest product, and understandably so. It’s a 600D* woven polyester fabric with an acrylic coating on both sides.

It’s completely reversible, 11.5 ounces, highly water resistant, puncture and abrasion resistant, UV resistant, mildew resistant, and doesn’t sag or shrink.

It’s used for boat tops, truck bed covers, canopies, tarps, equipment covers, banners, and wherever a strong, weather-resistant fabric is needed.

All Marlen’s fabrics are between 60-63 inches wide. Top Gun also comes in two-meter rolls.


Top Gun 1S

Also 600d, Marlen coats Top Gun 1S on one side. The other side is bare, non-pigmented polyester. This eliminates color rub and reduces fabric weight to 9 ounces. The bare underside makes it an ideal equipment cover because it doesn’t scratch, and it has all the weather resistant properties of regular Top Gun. It’s great if you don’t particularly need the coated treatment on both sides of a boat top, gazebo, etc.



Top Gun 9

A 9-ounce 450D polyester, Top Gun 9 a lighter-weight variation. While heavy duty enough for applications like boat tops, canopies, and tarps, it’s an economical choice for sleeping bags and packs because of its lightweight feature.



Odyssey is a very light, flexible fabric. It’s 300D with an acrylic coat on one side and a clear back coat that doesn’t scratch. This is a high-performance, lightweight fabric. At 6.5 ounces, it is more affordable and yet can still be used for the same applications as Top Gun.


Softouch is specifically designed to be a very gentle equipment cover. Its Odyssey laminated to a soft, non-woven backing. This product is ideal for protecting paint and other delicate surfaces with a strong, mildew resistant cover. It can be used in mild weather, but since the inside is easy to dirty, it’s been our experience that it performs best as in indoor equipment cover.

Solution Dyed Fabrics

Solution-dyed products have an incredible ability to hold true to their color over time. In these fabrics, the fibers are dyed before they are made into thread, penetrating the color to the very core, instead of soaking already extruded thread in dye.

The end result is like a cut carrot, consistently orange all the way through, as opposed to a radish that is stained on the outer layer but white within.

Top Notch

This is Marlen’s main solution-dyed woven polyester. It’s 11.5-ounces, 840D polyester with a fluorocarbon finish. This strong, breathable, reversible fabric has dimensional stability, UV resistance, mildew resistance, water resistance, abrasion resistance and exceptional colorfastness.

It is commonly used for awnings, marine tops, trailer covers, canopies, patio furniture, cots, bags, and the like.

Top Notch 9

A 600D, 9-ounce version of Top Notch, this lightweight fabric makes fantastic backpack material.

Top Notch 1S

This product is an all-purpose,7.5-ounce, 600D fabric. It has a clear urethane back coat that increases water repellency and abrasion resistance. It’s ideal for awnings, outdoor bags, patio umbrellas, boat tops or anything that needs to stand up to heavy weather.


Fire Resistance

Top Gun, Top Notch, and Odyssey come in FR lines as well. Marlen Textiles specially formulates these fabrics for fire resistance. They can withstand both extremely high and low temperatures without cracking or peeling. They are certified to pass NFPA 701, CPAI 84, CAN/ULC-S109, FAA/FAR 25.853, and California State Fire Marshall.


They also manufacture a safety reflective fabric called Amerglo. It’s 100% polyester coated with fluorescent orange or aluminum and then a thin layer of clear glass beads. It has a 300 ft visibility range, making it great for safety vests or reflective strips on bike gear, bag gear, or boat trailer covers.


All of Marlen’s fabrics are backed by a warranty.

Top Notch, Top Notch 9, Top Notch FR, & Top Gun FR: 8 years

Top Gun &Top Gun 1SL: 5 years: 

Top Gun 9: 4 years

Top Notch 1S, Odyssey, Odyssey FR, Softouch, & Amerglo: 3 years

Hopefully, with a little more understanding of these products’ unique qualities and overlap, you will find your fabric decisions much easier. There are no rules. Which fabric do you think best compliments your needs?

Marlen’s Fabric Finder chart is a helpful quick reference.

Index:   Green= Excellent for that factor

Yellow= Can be used but may not be the best choice

Red= Not recommended if this factor is important for your application

Don’t forget Marlen Textiles also has their own water repellent solution, Aqua Tite Green. It’s a premium grade, silicone repellant available in quarts, gallons, or 55-gallon drums. Click here for tips on cleaning and caring for Marlen fabrics.

Posted by Chris Nash in Awning & Tent Fabrics, Marine Fabrics, Outdoor/Bag Fabrics, Tarp Fabrics

How To Set A Snap

How to set a snap

Setting a snap is a very easy process which at first can seem daunting. With a little knowledge and the right tools setting a snap is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! First, let’s lay out the groundwork. If you are in the industrial fabric world you probably are going to be using snaps on a variety of fabrics like Recacril, Sunbrella, Top Gun, Weatherwax, Vinyl and many others. So let’s dive in!


A snap consists of 4 separate parts. Cap and Socket are one side. Stud and Eyelet are the other.

There are several ways to set a snap. In this write-up we will cover 2 of the most common ways: Hand Setter and Press-N-Snap.


The hand setter is the least expensive works great on table tops and will last for small projects/repairs. (Requires A hammer)


To set your snap with the hand setter, simply place the cap on the concave side of the anvil. Next place your fabric over the post. Then you will want to place the socket hole right where the post is poking up and give a few good hits with the hammer.

To set the eyelet and stud, simply flip the anvil over, place the eyelet on the flat surface and repeat the last step.


When you are finished you should have something that looks like this. We used some 600 denier polyester and this method worked well for 2-3 layers

The Press-N-Snap tool is a must-have for boat canvas manufacturers, bag makers, or the general handyman.

This easy to use tool is beneficial if you are unable to take your cover off for a repair. This tool works essentially like a vise grip to set a snap instead of using a hammer and hand setter.

To start off it is important to note that the Press-N-Snap tool comes in 4 parts,

Cap/Button Die

Socket Die

Eyelet Die

Stud Die

Cap and Eyelet dies will go in the top half. The socket and stud will go into the bottom.

Place the cap and socket dies in the Press-N-Snap Tool, watch as the actual snap parts lock into the rubber bushing, and as the socket/stud lock into the lower end.

Put your fabric in between and PRESS!

Take out your dies out, replace with Eyelet and Stud, and repeat.

Take your fabric out and you should have a perfectly set snap!

Typically a snap will puncture through most fabric in double layers. In some cases, increasing the layers you are going through will increase the chances of you needing to poke your own hole. With the right tools and a little know-how, you should be able to get anything snapping!


Products Featured


TO-DIE-HAND-DIS (Hand Setter)

TO-PNS (Press-N-Snap comes with snap dies)

F-670-SS Stainless Steel Cap/Button

F-548-SS Stainless Steel Socket

F-550-SS Stainless Steel Stud

F-550A-SS Stainless Steel Eyelet

Posted by Chris Nash in Auto Fabrics, Awning & Tent Fabrics, Canvas Fabrics, Hardware & Accessories, Marine Fabrics, Outdoor/Bag Fabrics, Tarp Fabrics, Upholstery Fabrics, 0 comments

Recasense Case Study, M&M Creative Upholstery/Dub Box USA

Based in Oregon, Dub Box USA delivers a unique twist on the towable camper and food trailer scene.

Modeled after the iconic VW camper van, Dub Box USA manufactures uniquely designed towable campers, food and event trailers using lightweight, yet durable, fiberglass shells. All Dub Box products are completely customizable with many being used in commercial applications such as food trucks, retail stands and branded event vehicles.

With uniqueness as a core pillar of the Dub Box

USA appeal, customization is a must, followed closely

by durability and usability, especially for the commercial crowd. Many of the trailer designs incorporate weather curtains and awnings for added comfort and space for users. To accommodate these add-ons, Dub Box USA contracts with Recasens supplier and fabricator, M&M Creative Upholstery as part of its custom manufacturing process.

Providing everything from residential to commercial and marine upholstery, M&M Creative has extensive knowledge in fabrics of all kinds. When first approached for the Dub Box project, RECacril canvases from Recasens immediately came to mind.

“Recasens products are simply the best on the market,” states M&M Spokesperson Maria Musseid. “They’re not only incredibly durable and easy to work with, the range of colors and patterns are both extensive and beautiful.”

M&M Creative uses RECacril for all Dub Box custom awning and weather curtains. Thanks to its unique finish, RECacril has proven itself well suited to vinyl printing, offering commercial Dub Box customers yet another option for customizing their trailers.


Original Post By Recasense USA

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“Hey why don’t we get a new awning?”

From Netflix’s “Jerry Before Seinfeld”

“Hey why don’t we get a new awning?”

Here’s a sentence never heard in the history of New York city: “Hey why don’t we get a new awning?” “We got 6 lbs. of bird crap on this one, 12 rips, 11 places the metal frame is showing through.” “Would cost us  what, $200 bucks, its only the ENTIRE appearance of our whole business.” “Nah I don’t think it’s a good idea.” “I think its better as a way for us to silently express how much we hate ourselves, and the stupidity of the people who even come in here.” “Your right lets leave it.“ – Jerry Seinfeld

 Netflix’s “Jerry Before Seinfeld”


More than protection from the weather

The right style of awning can create a refreshing face to a business. Jerry has highlighted this best in his new Netflix special “Jerry Before Seinfeld” with the line; “Nah I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think its better as a way for us to silently express how much we hate ourselves, and the stupidity of the people who even come in here.” It really makes you think. I, a customer am evaluating your business based on the exterior prior to purchase, what are they really thinking?

The right awning can make your business stand out and will translate into a more positive experience for the customer. Colors and patterns play a huge part in our subconscious evaluation of places. From reds that pop and are hot to blues that are calm and inviting. The right awning can really enhance your customer’s experience whether they’re enjoying sitting under your awning at a sidewalk cafe or walking through the front door to your business.  That awning is making the first impression of your business.

Fabric or Metal

While a metal awning does its job for weather protection, what else is it doing?  Here in the northwest, we’re all about the rain.  When you’re under a metal awning out of the weather, what do you hear?  Do your ears ring from the noise?  Like others in the Pacific Northwest, I’m not a fan of hearing and tolerating the irate pounding of water pelting down on metal!  On the flip side, with a fabric awning we can enjoy a soothing experience as the rain falls, beads up and rolls right off the fabric.

The Final Decision

The choice ultimately is up to you! Metal or fabric think about the face of your business. The industrial fabric market is filled with choices and styles ranging from the simple colors of Sunbrella to complex vinyl backlit awnings. Most common awning fabrics are acrylic woven and solution died. Recacril is a great option if you are trying to have that unique look that won’t break the bank. Customers continually comment on the lasting stiffness and selection of colors.


Take a light-hearted word of advice from Jerry, give your customers a good feeling about supporting a business that cares how they present themselves.

Posted by Christopher Schmauder in Awning & Tent Fabrics, 0 comments
HH-66 Vinyl Cement

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

Posted by TJ Wilson in Awning & Tent Fabrics, 0 comments
Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

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 or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Posted by Vaughan Brothers in Auto Fabrics, Awning & Tent Fabrics, Canvas Fabrics, Hardware & Accessories, Marine Fabrics, Outdoor/Bag Fabrics, Safety Fabrics, Screen Fabrics, Tarp Fabrics, Upholstery Fabrics, 0 comments
Solar Heat Gain: What is it?

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 or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Posted by Vaughan Brothers in Awning & Tent Fabrics, Safety Fabrics, 1 comment
UV Ray Resistance: Why it’s Important in Awning Fabrics

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 or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Posted by Vaughan Brothers in Awning & Tent Fabrics, 8 comments