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CrystalClear Fabrication Tips

Helpful Fabrication Tips

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  1. Lay out material that you will be using the night before you plan to work with it. 
    1. It may be paper marked or have lines in it from the inner cardboard edge. Any of these marks may be removed with a heat gun or exposure to the sun. Hold heat gun 4-6 inches away from product and work in 12-inch areas at a time. After a few minutes, as the product reaches the temperature gradient, it will clear up. It has structural memory, and will return to the flatness it had when it was manufactured.
  2. Do not use “saran wrap” or cling wrap to protect the sheets.
    1. This causes “pooling” in the sheet as well as excessive dust cling from static created. Use craft paper or the tissue paper that the product comes with.
  3. Do not stack the curtains up without interleaving with paper or something to keep the glass from clinging to itself.
    1. The product has static cling when it is new, which subsides rapidly when on the boat, but it is very impressionable when it is new. Should distortions occur, use a heat gun to heat up the surface and return the product to its “manufactured memory”.
  4. If installing in colder weather, we recommend that you heat up the enclosure during the installation and stretch the product into position.
    1. Product installed tightly in the cold may relax and appear loosely fit when warmer weather returns.
  5. It is recommended that you treat the curtains with Strataglass Protective Cleaner and Polish prior to installation.
    1. This will establish the first basecoat of protection and promote watershed. It also gets the static cling under control. For Customer maintenance, we recommend a bi-monthly waxing of the curtains with Strataglass Protective Polish, which is available from your curtain provider and in most retail marine stores.
  6. To remove clouds or “pools” or sharp impressions (zipper marks, etc.) simply heat up the surface area, small sections at a time, with a heat gun or common hairdryer.
  7. Things to avoid that will prolong the life of your enclosure curtains.
    1. Never use Windex, Rain-X, Pledge, Plexus, Simple Green, Orpine or any other harsh cleaner to clean your enclosure curtains.

    2. Never use a car wax or any kind of wash and wax to protect your curtains.

    3. Never use cleaners, polishes, scratch removers, or any products intended for commercial grade vinyl or plastic.