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    Posted: 29 July 2015 at 3:32pm
I've been wondering... for a sail cover, is a dark color Sunbrella better, worse, or the same as a light color?

On the one hand, dark colors block a lot of light.  I have no idea how much UV is blocked.  This would be better if it is keeping the UV off my sail.

On the other hand, dark colors get very hot to the touch.  The cover is sitting right on my sail, so the sail must also be getting pretty darn toasty.  Does this hurt the sail?

I have heard that dark colors last longer than the light colors, but don't know if there is any truth to that.

For the purposes of this discussion, we will ignore the effects of bird poop.
Any input?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2015 at 4:08pm
Great question. My advise has always been that dark (organic pigment) colors will last longer than lighter (inorganic pigment) colors - but only marginally. All Sunbrella Marine fabric does an excellent job of providing UV protection. But darker colors will block slightly better. And yes darker colors do get hotter. So which is better? The honest answer is I really don't know if I could say one direction is better than the other. I think the best course of action is to pick the color you really like. Hope this helps!
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Dark colors seem to show mildew less. However, some folks claim dark colors are less susceptible to mildew.
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