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    Posted: 13 January 2018 at 8:28am
Hello,
I am looking to make covers for a friend's newly refinished teak grab rails. Two questions:

1) What is the best material to use? He wants it to match the Sunbrella boat canvas, but I wonder if the Sunbrella will abrade the teak finish.

2) Does anyone have a pattern?  I assume they are held on with velcro around the grab loops, but I've never actually seen one.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sue2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 9:34am
Ooh!  Just found the Sailrite video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB9KnFhiBPc

Matt - FYI I found this by searching on Google, but I could not find it earlier by searching on the Sailrite website.

My question about the material still stands.  Is the Sunbrella /webbing safe for the finish?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wingless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 5:51am
The Sunbrella Supreme fabric I used for my custom enclosure has a soft flocking on the interior surface that is kind to varnished surfaces.

It is available in three exterior colors: black; captain navy and linen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sue2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 8:41am
Thanks wingless!  I hadn't thought of that - great idea.  But dang it, it does not come in green.  
Nice enclosure, by the way!

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Hi guys,

I think standard Marine Grade Sunbrella would be fine. If you want to make it really soft on the inside you could use Evolution fabric as a liner material. The big dollar powerboat guys varnish their teak tables to a high gloss and they don't want the covers scratching the finish. So they use Evolution as a liner.

https://www.sailrite.com/Evolution-Block-It-Grey-55-Fabric

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Matt,
That's an interesting fabric!  I see it blocks UV, but do you have any idea how well it holds up to UV?  Compared to Sunbrella (the gold standard), for example.

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It holds up well but I am not suggesting that you leave it exposed. It should be sewn in as a liner so the Sunbrella is still all that is exposed on the outside.
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The Evolution fabric is very nice.

I've had several custom car covers made from that fabric and have parked outside for extended periods w/o issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sue2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 7:39am
Matt - another fabric question:
In your video, you use polypropylene webbing as a snap reinforcement.  What do you think about using your acrylic soft braid binding instead?  Is it easier on the teak?  Will it lie flat enough as a snap reinforcement, or will it just be lumpy?
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I think it would work but it might be hard to get it down without expanding the width as you sew it. But this felt binding would work well:

https://www.sailrite.com/Notions/Trims/Bindings/Brand/Eshco/type/Products?order=custitem_popularity


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