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johnk posted 09-21-2001 09:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for johnk   Send Email to johnk  
I've got a set of clear front curtains for a WA that I would like to replace. The curtains are only a few months old, and I kept them in place but rolled up. I tried to roll them up as evenly as possible and avoid and 'kinks', but now when I snap them down in place they are distorted are very difficult to see through. I'd like to have just the clear plastic replaced within the original fabric 'frames'. Is there a better, thicker, and optically correct plastic I should specify?
as always, thanks

john


bigz posted 09-22-2001 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
http://www.upholsteryjournal.com/Articles/Marine%20trends.htm this might be of help John in your search for spec's for your new enclosure.
lhg posted 09-23-2001 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Sure doesn't sound like Mills normal quality. My windshields and side curtains are 8 years old, and still are clear.

I would call Mills, and find out their specificiations & supplier for this item, then have someone duplicate it locally. Evidently not all "isenglass" is created equal.

acseatsri posted 09-23-2001 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Helpful hint for preserving clear plastic:

When you roll them up, roll a clean soft towel with it to avoid "plastic on plastic". This will inhibit almost all scratches. Don't leave them rolled for extended periods of time, as they will develop a "set". For the winter, I hang them in the basement with clothespins from the floor joists. Hope this helps someone out there.

where2 posted 09-25-2001 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
The better thicker optically correct plastic does not roll up, but it is out there. Ask any good canvas shop, they'll know what it's called. I know it goes by a name I should remember like "EZ-2-C" or something equally as cute. I just didn't have any luck with the search engines on that name... They are always at the Miami show in February...
johnk posted 09-25-2001 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnk  Send Email to johnk     
I've been doing my homework and have narrowed it down to:

* Marine Clear 2000 in either 30mil or 40 mil by Robeco
* Ultrashield in either 30 or 40 by Regalite
* Sea-flex by Ellay Inc.

Looks like the 30 mil products are 'soft hand' while the 40 mil products tend to be 'firm hand'. I would guess that the firm-hand products are not rollable...

They all look like winners, with the Ultrashield being coated to prevent scratches.

More as it comes..

john


lhg posted 09-26-2001 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Still would like to know what Mills uses.
johnk posted 09-26-2001 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnk  Send Email to johnk     
I may call them. It not so much a problem with the quality of the curtains, as the damage I probably did to them by keeping them rolled up (as tight as possible) for almost 3 months. They are still crystal clear, but have several 'dents' that made it very tough to see through them..

more as it comes

john

bigz posted 09-27-2001 06:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
LHG, you can get just about anything you want from Mills when you order. Standard is 30 mill then proceed from there in $$$^.

We have 13 year old side storm and aft curtains which were pretty rough however after taking Leslie's advice to use 201 Plus plastic scratch remover then 201 polish the curtains though not perfect are more than adequate for the times one would use them.

Now on the windshield we replaced it. It has their 30 mill and is easily rolled up and hasn't shown any signs of distortion or cracking beautiful design. Both the port and starboard have "U" sections which zip leaving the main center section in front of the console intact and giving you easy access to the fore deck. Rain will just bead up and roll off.

Oh forgot this is on the 27 ccc.

lhg posted 09-27-2001 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Thanks, Tom. I have to replace the windows in my Forward Shelter and wanted to be sure the local shop uses the right thing.

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