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Lightweight fabric for a sun shade?

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Category: Canvas Work
Forum Name: Fabric Questions
Forum Discription: Questions about the use and types of fabrics
Printed Date: 18 August 2022 at 11:51am

Topic: Lightweight fabric for a sun shade?
Posted By: saltoricco
Subject: Lightweight fabric for a sun shade?
Date Posted: 03 August 2015 at 10:42am

What would be a good fabric choice for a beach sun shade? It should be as light-weight and tightly packable as possible, and be available in multiple colors/patterns. What's the closet to ripstop nylon that has a decent UV resistance? 

Background: we'd like something we can take with us during air travel, and with the reduced luggage allowances these days, it's got to be light and small. 



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Date Posted: 04 August 2015 at 1:45pm
Hi Holger,
I would pick Sunbrella Upholstery fabric for the best UV resistance fabric and one that would by light weight and pack easily. Ripstop nylon is not very UV resistant, but if it is a beach shade, it would only be in the direct sun for a short period of time. So Ripstop would be acceptable, but not my favorite choice. If you pick a Ripstop Nylon I would pick a 1.5oz or above maybe even the Ripstop with Urethane backing. 
Let me know if you have more questions.


Posted By: saltoricco
Date Posted: 04 August 2015 at 6:05pm
Hi Eric,

Thank you for your thoughts. You have a good point: it's probably seeing just a fraction of sun compared to a cover, or awning. I'll give a Polyester ripstop a try. Still probably more UV resistent than Nylon. 

I forgot another thing we used on hang glider sails (also basically Polyester) with great success: 303 Aerospace Protectant. 

Time to sew! Thanks again!


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