What does Sunbrella fabrics, boating, pantyhose and the moon have in common?

Hey Sarah O’ Kelly here with Skipper’s
Review TV. I’m at the West Palm Beach International Boat Show 2019 here in
Florida. Absolutely gorgeous day and I am with William McDaniel. Bill McDaniel
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. There you go One of those fabrics being
Sunbrella. So it’s not exactly an exciting topic but it is a topic that we
can all relate too. We’re gonna talk of course about the Marine end of
things. Bimini tops, cushion covers, but I’m interested to know how did Sunbrella
come up with and how do they get to the top of the line as far as no mildew,
color not fading, you can scrub it with whatever? How did all that start and come
about? Well it’s basically that is a factor of the fiber itself but Glen
Raven is a hundred and fifty year old textile company. Sunbrella was
founded in 1960 so we’re a 50 year old plus, product. The
unique thing about Sunbrella is that it’s the the color actually is an
integral part of the fiber. So at the point that the fiber is extruded or it’s
formed, the colors put in prior to that.. our clothes for instance are basically
the fibers formed, it’s died after the fact and it if you cut it it looks like
a radish, the color doesn’t go all the way through. The durability, the
performance, all of those characteristics are built into the fiber. So it’s not
necessarily anything that we add to it. What about the factor of no mildew,
how come there’s no mildew, mold all that? Well again, being a man-made fiber, mold
and mildew is actually a microorganism so it has to have a food source or a
protein source to be able to actually grow and and to live. If something
gets onto the fiber or onto the fabric that if you spill something and don’t
clean it off or whatever, then it has a potential for mold and mildew to grow.
The other unique thing, don’t worry about it, if that happens because you can use a
hundred percent bleach on Sunbrella and it has no effect on the
color or the strength and it’ll kill the mold and clean it right up.
So Sunbrella is like it’s a household name when it comes to outdoor fabrics
and coverings, how did it start, how did it end up becoming what it is now? Well
our company, Glen Raven, just a real brief history we started out life as a as a
hosiery mill. One of our founders invented the pantyhose. The flag
that’s on the moon is made from fabric is made in Glen Raven
company. We transitioned into the awning business, again prior to
the 1960, and at that time the fiber manufacturer came to us and said we have
this unique product we’d like for you to look at for outdoor applications that’s
how it got started at at that point it was two or three different styles and
colors and now it’s literally hundreds of not thousands. Do you have any
other newer products coming on the line or you still got the standard of what
you’ve been offering for a number of years? I’m sorry, actually this year, very excited about
this, it’s a product called Horizon. it’s a it’s a vinyl based product that
has a five-year warranty against loss of color or strength or any kind of
atmospheric intervention but uniquely it also has a three year warranty against
bacterial staining or pinking which is something that’s sort of been an issue
over the last few years. If it does do that within those three year
time span, we also have a $40 per yard labor
allowance to correct that. So it’s it’s the first time in the history of the
company that we have a sunbrella branded product that’s not woven and it’s
complementary to the fabrics that we do weave so we’re very excited about that
and it’ll be available in just a very short time. What kind of uses will that
be used for you think? It’s primarily seating, so you can use it in a cockpit
area. What we like to say is Sunbrella is imminently cleanable but it’s not
necessarily wipeable. This product is something you can wipe off as
something gets on there. Typically if you get to it early enough
you can wipe anything off of Sunbrella it’ll come off but if it stays
there and it does happen to stain then it is cleanable but it’s not wipeable. so
that’s what we were after All right, well thank you so much Bill.
Thank you guys for watching and Sarah O’ Kelly at Skippers Review TV at the
West Palm Beach International Boat Show 2019

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