New solutions to some sticky textile problems

September 1st, 2021

Costa Marine Canvas and Enclosures designed and manufactured seating for this Valhalla Boatworks V-33 vessel with diamond stitching to echo the signature look of British luxury automobile upholstery. Photo: Viking Yacht Co. Supply chain issues aside, advancements in marine fabrics bring long-awaited solutions to at least some of the problems that have plagued marine canvas […]

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Inhibiting microbes with topcoat technology

February 11th, 2020

The seats on this luxury yacht are damaged from mold and pink stain bacteria, a typical problem for marine and other outdoor fabrics. Pink staining bacteria produces a red liquid that diffuses into vinyl, creating a stain that cannot be cleaned. Antimicrobial topcoats can help to prevent such damage. Photo: APV Engineered Coatings. When compounded […]

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New thinking about pinking

September 1st, 2017

Vinyl manufacturers and marine service providers contend with discoloration caused by a bacteria. "Pink” brings to mind a little girl dressed as a princess, cotton candy at the county fair and plastic lawn flamingos. But for those in the marine industry, the word takes on a sinister connotation as a stain caused by streptoverticillium reticulum. […]

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