Helpful Fabrication Tips
- Lay out material that you will be using the night before you plan to work with it.
- 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.
- Do not use “saran wrap” or cling wrap to protect the sheets.
- 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.
- Do not stack the curtains up without interleaving with paper or something to keep the glass from clinging to itself.
- 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”.
- If installing in colder weather, we recommend that you heat up the enclosure during the installation and stretch the product into position.
- Product installed tightly in the cold may relax and appear loosely fit when warmer weather returns.
- It is recommended that you treat the curtains with Strataglass Protective Cleaner and Polish prior to installation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Things to avoid that will prolong the life of your enclosure curtains.
Never use Windex, Rain-X, Pledge, Plexus, Simple Green, Orpine or any other harsh cleaner to clean your enclosure curtains.
Never use a car wax or any kind of wash and wax to protect your curtains.
Never use cleaners, polishes, scratch removers, or any products intended for commercial grade vinyl or plastic.