DaveS Posted June 13, 2010 Share Posted June 13, 2010 Although my boat is only 4 years old, the canopy is showing the effects of being exposed to the elements, in that although the sides and rear of the canopy are in vgc and and colour, the roof has pretty much turned from blue to black, with the underlying substrate material beginning to show through the vinyl in places, where it has broken down. I guess from the effects of UV. The canopy is still fully watertight, as it is also vinyl on the inside, but the roof outside looks unsightly. I have looked around at specialised paints for vinyl, just to coat the roof, but cannot find a colour anywhere near that of the original canopy. I'm guessing that 4 years is about the expected lifespan for a vinyl canopy. Would that be a fair assumption?. Is there any coating that can be applied to the vinyl roof to extend it's working life, and improve it's appearance. Bearing in mind that the back and sides are still in vgc? Or, do I need to 'swallow the bitter pill', and buy a new canopy?. If so, I would assume that canvas, as opposed to vinyl, is the way to go, as this can be kept in good order with the likes of Fabseal. I have read some worryingly negative comments about the quality of work, from a certain well known canopy maker in Wroxham, so who else should I consider. Of course, I could go back to the boat manufacturer (Viking) and see what they can offer. I believe that they have now switched from vinyl to canvas, which perhaps says something about vinyl canopies. Dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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