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does vinyl melt?

just got a new magma grill for my b-day... rather than drop the 50 for the cover, i thought 'heck i can make one of those' soooo... i stop by ye ole craft shop and have them cut some smartly decorated vinyl... only to have the lady inform me that it will totally turn to goo in the hot sun. is this true? she further pointed out that 'marine grade canvas' can be found, but it would probably cost me 40 bucks to make my own anyway... certainly not worth the time/expense if one can be had for fifty.... anyone ever make their own grill cover?
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if the vinyl is left out in the sun, especially over a metal grill, it certainly could get hot enough to sag and deform...
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Vinyl used in vinyl fabric will 'begin' to soften at ~180deg. F (82°C) and begin to 'flow' at 200 degF. (93°C). Its not impossible for the surface temp of (black) vinyl fabric to be over 160 deg F in direct sun.
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You can get Sunbrella remnants from Sailrite - may not have the exact color you want but you can usually get a good deal.

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