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How long does it take?
We usually will be able to turn repair around within 3 business days of receipt. During "season", times will vary, but you will receive an estimated return date with your inquiry with the supposition that you will ship to us within the next day or two of the estimate (we also consider inbound transit time); if we don't receive the item(s) on time, (you forgot, got busy, shipper lost item, etc.), of course you will be moved back in the queue; essentially. If you cannot ship the item within the constraints of when you scheduled, you might be well off to ask again when you are ready to ship, thus avoiding any misunderstanding/disappointment with regard to when your job will be done - being production oriented, we try to stay on schedule; additionally it would not be fair to our other customers.

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What if I've lost/destroyed part of my top?
You can use Our Custom Fit Side Curtain Kit

Kit Contains 30 Custom Fit Pins, 4' x 6' Pattern Material & Instructions to Make your own side curtain pattern.
$29.95
After you have made your pattern Send it to us and We will make your Custom Fit Curtain.

Side/Aft Curtain Prices Range from $100.00 - $400.00

Usually $100.00 to $150.00 per Curtain (Depending on finished Size)

(Smiles & Screens are additional charges)

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Is Sunbrella® fabric waterproof?
Sunbrella fabric is not waterproof; it is water repellent. This means that during the finishing process a water repellent finish is applied to the fabric. Normal wear and usage will reduce the effectiveness of this finish as will cleaning the fabric.

We suggest that after Sunbrella fabrics are cleaned and if they remain exposed to the elements constantly and water repellency is a factor that you retreat your Sunbrella fabrics with a water repellent treatment such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ which can be purchased at local awning and marine shops.

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Will Sunbrella® fabric mildew?
Sunbrella fabrics, if kept clean, will not mildew. An inherent characteristic of acrylic fiber is that it will not support the growth of mildew, as a natural fiber will. Mildew will and can grow on any surface that is dirty, so to keep your Sunbrella fabric from mildewing you must keep your fabric clean. If mildew growth becomes a problem please refer to our care and cleaning instructions.

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Can I hose down Sunbrella® fabric?
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleaning is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. Remember after hosing down the fabric to allow the fabric to air dry.

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Do your fabrics dry quickly?
Because Sunbrella fabrics are woven, they are also highly breathable, which is why they dry quickly with only air exposure. It's also important to know that Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a flurocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish requires replenishment after vigorous cleaning.

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How often do I need to thoroughly clean the fabric?
In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.

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How can I clean bird droppings on my awning?
For those stains that are beyond our normal care and cleaning instructions, such as bird droppings, roof run-off, acid rain, pollution, rust, tree sap, insect stains, etc., we suggest the following products: an off-the-shelf product such as Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning, or Clean Rite Purple Power (available at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.) or Release (available through Awning Rejuvenation Systems International in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; 800.776.5664). Rub product into fabric, allowing penetration. Brush with a soft brush, rinse THOROUGHLY and repeat if necessary.

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In your cleaning instructions, you use the term "Mild" or "Natural Soap".     What is "Mild" or "Natural" soap?
By "Natural Soap" we mean Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite. These gentle soaps rinse out easily and will not diminish the water-repellent "finish" applied to the fabric.
Regular laundry detergent will not harm the fabric, but the water-repellent "finish" will be removed sooner (laundry detergent does not affect the stain and UV resistance). BE SURE to use cold water and to air dry the fabric when using laundry detergent. In addition, after several cleanings you will need to retreat the fabric with a water repellent product, such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™.

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Do Sunbrella® fabrics provide UV protection?
Sunbrella fabrics have been tested and proven to provide up to 98% UV protection from the harmful effects of the sun depending on depth of color. Whites and lighter colored fabrics provide less protection than darker fabrics, which have more depth of color. This protective factor is inherent to the product and will not be reduced by usage and/or fabric exposure to the sun.

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How does Sunbrella® lock in color?
Sunbrella fabrics are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns. Solution-dying is the process of adding color to acrylic fibers during manufacturing while they are in a liquid state. This characteristic of Sunbrella fabrics is the key to locking in color, easy cleaning and long life.

Sunbrella marine fabric is the perfect choice for any marine application. Due to the highly resistant acrylic yarns, Sunbrella will withstand many years of harsh climates such as salt water, heavy rains, and the hot sun. Some boat owners in south Florida report 10 years of usable fabric life.

The 100% solution dyed acrylics prove Sunbrella to be fade resistant as well as resistant to multiple stains, such as blood, grape juice, bird droppings, grease, mildew, etc. Sunbrella is a woven fabric allowing moisture to escape, thus resisting mildew buildup on your boat surface. Sunbrella also comes with 5 Year Warranty, please click on warranty button to read details.

Sunbrella Marine Fabric uses- Bimini tops, cockpit enclosures, camper backs, dodgers, winch covers, cushions, sail covers, boat covers, tarps, awnings, bridge enclosures, seat covers, motor covers, bunk covers, rail covers, t-tops, buggy tops, windshield covers, hatch covers, etc.

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What type(s) of Material are used?
EastCoastCanvas.com
primarily uses Sunbrella® acrylic fabric. It comes in a wide variety of colors to match most color schemes. The average life of Sunbrella® is 5 to 7 years.
In addition to Sunbrella®, we also offer Stamoid, TopGun, and Weblon. Continuing to gain popularity is Seamark™ from Haartz. It is similar to Sunbrella® only with a vinyl underside. This provides you with a waterproof acrylic product.

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Thread
Only first quality UVR Bonded Polyester thread (black or white) is used at all times offering high U.V. resistance. For a slight additional fee, you may have your choice of color (e.g.; thread match or contrast fabric). All main seams are double stitched for strength and water resistance. They use one row of blind stitching to hide the thread from the sun, and one row of topstitching. Gore-Tex® Tenara™ thread is also an option. This thread is more UV resistant and comes in limited colors. Although it is more expensive, it should last the life of your canvas.

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Zippers
EastCoastCanvas.com uses YKK Vision® zippers with ceramic coated metal sliders. Name brand, top quality, The average life of these zippers is appears to be approximately 7 years.

 

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Window Glass
There are a few options available in clear glass. Our standard glass is either .30 or .040 gauge double polished clear vinyl sheet glass. This glass has good visual clarity, and is reasonably priced. Its life expectancy is 3 to 5 years. Due to its low UV resistance, window covers are highly recommended.

 

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Stainless Steel
EastCoastCanvas.com
uses .304 stainless steel as the standard for our frames, rails, and tension bars. We use 1" or 1-1/4" stainless steel depending on the size of the product. The best available stainless steel that can be purchased is .316 stainless tubing. The biggest advantage for the purchaser is that there is less polishing.

 

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