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« : July 29, 2011, 09:16:29 AM »

I'd like to get some opinions on the best thread for marine upholstery..

Interior seating and cushions and outdoor vinyl and canvas..

Some of the threads I'm interested in are Polymatic, Tenara and SolarFix PTFE 2000 denier thread...

It seems the Sunguard gives me more trouble than it's worth..   Thanks..
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« #1 : July 29, 2011, 10:35:27 AM »

I use Solarfix ( Tenara ) on all of my awnings and on exposed seams on outdoor covers, etc. It is the best thread going for marine / RV / outdoor fabrics.

Some people have said it is finicky on their machines ( tension settings ) but I have never had a problem with it. I also have never had a problem with Sunguard and use it alot. I am not real impressed with the Durabond Poly thread and have gotten several bad spools of it. I believe our shores got dumped on with cheap chinese imitations a couple years ago and is still being sold as Durabond.

Solarfix 92 or Sunguard 138 is all I use.

Chris
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« #2 : July 29, 2011, 11:52:53 AM »

I use v92 dabond white mostly   Pproblt sim to the polymatic
cor inside I woulnd worry about tenara   
Me I'd be concerned with it cutting the vinyl but I think June said she has used it on boat vinly seats ?
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« #3 : July 29, 2011, 01:25:26 PM »

Great feedback.. thanks..

What do you think works best for vinyl seating then?? 
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« #4 : July 29, 2011, 02:09:50 PM »

V92 poly has give to it
« : July 29, 2011, 02:11:07 PM Mike8560 »
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« #5 : July 29, 2011, 04:00:48 PM »

We use V92 polyester in the shop.  If you're working on vinyls it's always a good idea to test your tension settings, sometimes loosening it a scooch will minimize any chance of too-tight tension cutting the fabric. 

I prefer to used V69 polyester on interior work when I'm working from my own shop.  I find it "marries" better with the lighter, "furniture weight" acrylics.  And if UV isn't a factor I see no reason that "bigger is better". 
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« #6 : July 29, 2011, 07:56:57 PM »

I recently did our own Formula 280SS cockpit completely in Tenara clear monofilament, including the topstitching.  The topstitch wasn't as prominent at it might be with 138 poly, but it looked good.  What I did like about it was the fact that the thread didn't absorb dirty water so after 6 months, the thread was still clean and white.  Also, it didn't cut the vinyl at all (I used moderate tension, 1/4" sew foam and a long stitch).  We just sold the boat and replaced it with a Baja '38 Special (which, of course, needs upholstery).  Pics to come.  Man is the engine cover a maze! 

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« #7 : July 29, 2011, 08:03:04 PM »

Cool June is it faster ? Twins?
Some of thoose Baja sunpads were elaborate next thing worse I've seen is a fountian  lightning ring.
I'd like to see it when you can  and the formula seats   Did you have to sell low to move it ?   
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« #8 : July 29, 2011, 08:16:57 PM »

Twin turbo diesels.  Still on the hard getting a new cooling system.  It was sorely neglected.  Supposed to cruise at 50 mph and about 20 gal per hour.  Bimini for lunch????  ;D  We'll see.  Stay tuned.  We weren't even trying to sell the Formula - it wasn't listed.  Someone saw it and said they wanted it.  Everything has a price, right?  And since we're in the business it went.  I never posted pics of the upholstery, did I...  I'll get those up tonight or tomorrow morning. 

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« #9 : July 29, 2011, 08:31:10 PM »

diesels sweet and you won't have to worry about that lousy ethonal
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« #10 : August 01, 2011, 09:46:31 AM »

my step dad took the mercruiser V8's out of his bayliner and replaced with
5cyl straight Audi turbo diesels and contra props.

 they are very smooth and about half the price to run, ok it doesnt do 45mph anymore
but he still gets 30+

rich

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« #11 : October 09, 2011, 10:04:20 AM »

Nautique uses GORE™ TENARA™

http://www.nautique.com/Nautiquenation/article/189
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« #12 : October 10, 2011, 03:10:42 AM »


I prefer to used V69 polyester on interior work when I'm working from my own shop.  I find it "marries" better with the lighter, "furniture weight" acrylics.  And if UV isn't a factor I see no reason that "bigger is better". 

Like wise bobbin, the 92 just seems  to thick & heavy sometimes on the lighter materials.

Suzi

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« #13 : October 10, 2011, 07:33:35 AM »

69 or 92 polyester on the marine upholstery.  For covers, still searching for the best stuff.  I got some tenara and so far ok for covers and repairs.  Will see how it works out.

On the boat comments, as a non boater, I can't imagine something using 20 gallons an hour.  I suppose the rellief in cost is, you don't have to run the engines as long to get there? ;)

Doyle
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« #14 : October 10, 2011, 03:20:58 PM »

You took the words right out'a my mouth DB ... I thought 20 gallons per hour was a typo!

Steve
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