Care, Cleaning and General Information for Your Canvas
The boat top and other canvas items supplied on your Sea Ray boat are manufactured from top-quality materials to provide you with years of trouble-free service. The following information on the care, cleaning and proper storage of the fabrics and fasteners that make up your marine canvas is being provided to help you maintain its appearance and ease of operation.
• Sunbrella: Used on Sea Ray bimini tops, convertible tops, all aft curtains, bow tonneau covers, cockpit covers, camper side and aft
curtains, and borders on side curtains. Sunbrella is a woven fabric. Even though it is treated with water repellency, some "misting"
through the fabric is typical. With new canvas, the greatest potential for leakage is through the sewn seams. Because Sunbrella and the long-term thread are
synthetic,the holes created by sewing will not swell up and seal when exposed to water as cotton does. Usually the movement of the fabric in use will move the
fibers enough to seal the holes. You may apply a couple of light coats of 303 High Tech Fabric Guard to the seams to speed up this process. When the canvas
is new, the fit will normally be tight. It is designed this way because Sunbrella stretches as it ages. The initial tight fit allows for a suitable fit for the life of the
canvas. The fit with Sunbrella will vary in the heat, cold and rain.
• Sea Mark: Used on Sea Ray convertible, bimini and camper tops. Sea Mark is a very water-resistant fabric that eliminates the "misting" that is common with Sunbrella.
Its other characteristics are similar to those of Sunbrella.
• Cloudburst: Used on travel/storage covers. Because Cloudburst is a "breathable" fabric woven with a blend of polyester and cotton, it is common for some leakage to
occur. Due to its cotton content, Cloudburst will shrink a little as it ages. Also, it is more susceptible to mildew and rot than are synthetic fabrics.
All fabric and clear vinyl components should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt, roof particles, etc. are allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. Simply brush off any loose dirt (use soft cloth on clear vinyl parts), hose down and clean with a mild solution of natural soap (Yacht Brite Brite Wash) in lukewarm water (no more than 100 degrees F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap. DO NOT USE DETERGENTS! Allow to air dry. After each use, especially in saltwater areas, rinse the canvas completely with fresh, cold water. Then, let the canvas dry completely before storing.
For stubborn stains on Sunbrella surfaces, soak the fabric for approximately 20 minutes in a solution of Yacht Brite Moldways (use as directed). Rinse the fabric thoroughly in cold water to remove all the soap. This may require rinsing several times. Incomplete rinsing can cause deterioration of sewing threads and prohibit the fabric from being properly re-treated. Allow the fabric to air dry completely. This method of cleaning may remove part of the water and stain repellency, and the fabric should receive an application of an air-curing re-treatment, such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard (available at www.boatingstore.com). Sunbrella is made from 100% acrylic fiber and is thermoplastic or heat sensitive. When washing and cleaning, DO NOT SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE HEAT, as the fabric will shrink. DO NOT STEAM PRESS OR DRY IN ELECTRIC OR GAS DRYERS, but allow to air dry.
On Cloudburst materials, part of the water and stain repellency treatment will be removed with each washing, so the fabric should be re-treated after a few cleanings with a water repellency products such as Scotchgard or 303 High Tech Fabric Guard.
Care and Storage Tips
• NEVER store canvas wet or in an unventilated, moist area.
• Always roll the canvas instead of folding. This is of particular importance on any part with the clear vinyl "glass" or the snapless vinyl extrusion strip.
• Handle the clear vinyl carefully. It is soft and very prone to scratching.
• To keep the vinyl soft and flexible, regularly apply a UV screening agent such as Yacht Brite Serious Shine (use as directed) with a Yacht Brite Microfiber Towel.
• Your top, side curtains, aft curtain and camper sets are designed and intended for short-term use only; DO NOT USE FOR STORAGE.
• Under no circumstances should the boat be towed with the boat top in the upright position.
• When zippers are new, they can be a little difficult to zip. Zip carefully without forcing - they will loosen with use.
• A zipper lubricant such as Zip Tech or Max Wax may be used to help new zippers as well as for maintaining long, trouble-free service.
• The most vulnerable part of the zipper is the start. Use care when starting zippers.
• To prevent damage to the fabric, fasteners should be unsnapped as close to the button as possible.
• Never remove canvas by pulling roughly on one edge of the material.
• If the snaps become difficult to unsnap, the action can be lowered by many lubricants, such as oil, petroleum jelly, wax-based lip balm, silicone sprays. The most
common recommendation is to rub candle wax or paraffin around the stud or inside the socket. Whichever method is used, care must be taken that the lubricant does
not stain the canvas or other surfaces it may contact.
Trailering with Canvas
The cockpit cover, tonneau cover, convertible top, camper top, side curtains and aft curtain must be removed when trailering. Bimini tops should be laid flat. Damage will occur to the canvas and boat if attached to the boat while trailering.
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