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Stamoid


Stamoid is a very high end/high performance vinyl coated polyester fabric that is manufactured by a company called Serge Ferrari.  It comes in several types (light, top, pure, ect) for different applications.  It comes in a reasonable number of colors.

Pros-

  • Outstanding life- stamoid is well known to last 10+ years in the harsh Florida sun
  • Unique look- the glossy finish fits cleanly with many powerboats and sportfish boats, almost looks like fiberglass, which is pretty cool.
  • Waterproof- stamoid stays waterproof for its entire life so no need to recoat with waterproofing. (note- stamoid has a annoying habit of leaking if the fabricator uses the wrong size needle, and sometimes leaks even with the correct size needle.  Only solution is to coat the stitches with a water proofing.)
  • If you insist on having white for your canvas color, Stamoid is the way to go.
  • Different types available for different applications
  • Super easy to clean
  • Very easy to handle- very easy to fold up and stow, very light (make it ideal for awnings)

Cons-

  • Expensive, but not too expensive, I believe that the value is there since it lasts so long, so maybe this should be in the Pros section...
  • Difficult to work with- this may not be "your problem" but if your canvas fabricator is not experienced with Stamoid then it is something to be aware of.  Stamoid requires a PERFECT template, if it is not then unsightly wrinkles will immediately let you know it wasn't perfect.  Since it is not a woven material (like Sunbrella) it is extremely sensitive to pulling on bias(diagonal).  Wrinkles that are there on day one will probably be there on year 10.  This issue isn't nearly as relevant when you are building a lace on top (you have the ability to adjust the laces to get rid of wrinkles), enclosure panels, or small covers.  
  • Lack of breathablility- since it is so waterproof, it wont let moisture out, this creates problems when using it to make covers and biminis with enclosures. Designing covers with vents is a great way to sidestep this issue

Best uses are lace on tops, awnings, covers that require absolute "waterproofness" , when the canvas color has to be white, enclosures


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