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Folks,

Apologize for starting a subject on such a minor thing, but I''d be grateful for your experience. We have finally put spars on our boat (the 16-year construction project) and are planning to make a couple of harbor awnings before summer. What experience do you have with using light vs dark colors for these? We want to use green (to match sail covers and some other things), but read in Don Casey''s canvas book that we will incinerate ourselves under dark-colored awnings. Couple of other people here in Florida in our marina say it''s so hot it really doesn''t matter. Also, Casey says that treated acrylic canvas (Sunbrella) is a waste for these as well, because (I think, don''t have the book in front of me) the treatment stuff will flake off (?). Sure don''t want to pay the price for Sunbrella if it''s the wrong material.

We''d appreciate your ideas.

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Kitty Bennett
s/v Equinox
St. Petersburg, FL
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Sunbrella treats their fabric with a substance similar to 3M ScotchGuard, and it doesnt flake off. If you''re interested in Sunbrella or similar well constructed waterproof fabrics - you''d possibly better hurry as 3M is possibly discontinuing Scotch Guard and similar products due to environmental issues. Supposedly the phase-out was to be completed by the end of last year. Dunno if Sunbrella has changed or found an alternate supply for the waterproofing. Most FluoroPhosphate compounds are of severe enviro concern and are being phased out. Dark colors will radiate heat from the underside, lighter colors will radiate much less.
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Rich:

Didn''t know that. Many thanx for the advice.

Kitty
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