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Does anyone know a good source for Sunbrella? It seems most of the web sites list it at about the same price. I was just wondering if there was a "Sunbrella outlet" for overruns and the like.
Ebay has remnants...gotta get lucky.

Defender also has remnants. ???Not sure if you can call them and get someone to go look in the bin???

Or, if you are not in a hurry, PM me and next time I'm there I'll look through for you and if they have what you want I'll leave it at the counter with your name on it and then you can complete the sale over the phone....

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

Sunbrella is the industry leader in marine fabrics. They have a proven track record.
It can be bought from upholstery/canvas suppliers, if you are a business. If you are in CA, for example, you must have a state tax number, so you can collect sales tax for the state. If you live in a state that has no sales tax,like Oregon where I live, they will sell to you sans tax credentials. In SF Bay area, I use Kronke Canvas. They've always been my choice for marine fabrics and canvas goods.
I also have used Top Gun, for fishing boat covers and such. It's main advantage over Sunbrella is it has a higher abrasion rating. It is some really tough stuff. Not as many colors as Sunbrella. Stiffer, and denser. More of a rough hand to it. Some canvas shops use it for abrasion patches under Sunbrella.
I used to buy a lot of my supplies from Silver State Suppliers in Salt Lake City, UT. THey carry an extensive line of all kinds of fabrics.
Another, slightly less consumer-friendly source is Keyston Bros. They have most anything automotive and marine you need. I never cared for working with them, though. But, they are one of the biggest.

Check at some of the upholstery shops. They often have Sunbrella remnants they will sell. Tell them you need it for 'patch material', as you are heading out on a voyage. You might not get 10-12 yards of it, but you can usually pick up a few from them.
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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

Kelley, the sail cover came out great! How long ago did you make it? How is it handling the Florida sun?

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

Rob, that is very gracious of you, thank you! I suspect I may need more than you'll find in the remnants, unfortunately. I hope not to really need ANY, but if I do, it will be a lot.

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

I found a guy on eBay selling what I think is the color I need. Now I just need to get a sample. Unfortunately, he hasn't replied yet. I had hoped to get a sample before I head down to the boat in a week.

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

In Florida and along the gulf, in addition to the UV resistant fabric, folks might also want to consider using Tenara or similar UV resistant thread. As for installing snaps or grommets, you can reinforce the material such as with vinyl window material.
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In Florida and along the gulf, in addition to the UV resistant fabric, folks might also want to consider using Tenara or similar UV resistant thread. As for installing snaps or grommets, you can reinforce the material such as with vinyl window material.
I definitely used UV resistant thread. Not just because of the FL sun, but we'll be sailing in the Caribbean semi-permanently and I didn't want to chance it!

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Kelley, the sail cover came out great! How long ago did you make it? How is it handling the Florida sun?
It's actually not on the boat yet as we're repainting the deck (damn wind has made this a ridiculously drawn out process) but our dodger is out in the sun and holding up very well. It's only been on board for about a month now though.

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

A friend who builds awnings and upholstery for a living told me Sampson , PVC coated 3 oz dacron lasts far longer than Sunbrella, and is far cheaper ,as well as comes in greater widths . I've been using it for years for sail covers,berth cushions, wind vane etc, and I am extremely happy with it. Like any awning material ,black is the most UV resistant.

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Brent - do you have a link for a place to buy this? Would love to try a sample, but do not see it online.

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Re: Good prices on Sunbrella?

Water proof Kayaker bags are made out of the stuff( Baja bags). I buy it from a friend in Comox.( Esther)

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