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Old 04-04-2010, 22:15   #16
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What about microfiber in a nice mid grey suede?
We have cats...
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Old 04-04-2010, 22:38   #17
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This has been really well covered here;

Sewng New Interior Cushions - Help - SailNet Community

worth the read.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:45   #18
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No, no suede!
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:28   #19
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Talk to a marine upholstery company, or to www.sailrite.com for advice. Get lots of material samples, try them with salt water and then getting dry. see how easy it is get rid of the salt stain.
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:05   #20
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I get that you want to feel your skin wearing away... she must be something.

The ultra fabrics don't feel like the leather ones. Somehow, this time the fake stuff is better than the real stuff.

We had Sunbrella on the stearn seats, and while it was rugged and durable, it was also a dirt magnet and looked like cr*p in two years. I'm not a fan of fabric on boats.
The UV stabilized ultraleather feels like a babys butt and washes clean with a hose.
Honest there is no way, when you lay down on this stuff do you think it's plastic. People want to snuggle right up in it.

More important than the price, is how hard it is to clean.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:01   #21
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My parents have Sunbrella on their boat and I think the stuff is amazing. They've has it for at least two years (I don't know how long the PO used it for). I find it ridiculously easy to clean. At times I a have laid the pillows out on the marina dock, sprayed them down with water and taken the deck bush to them, they look new after that. I would buy it in a heart beat but frankly $17/yd is out of my price range for this project.

I really don't want the suede stuff. For one, we won't be lying directly on it when we sleep. Don't you people use sheets? What is going on here?
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:23   #22
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We just had our cushions replaced with micro fibre ultra suede. Absolutly 100% pleased with the results!

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Old 05-04-2010, 08:09   #23
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My parents have Sunbrella on their boat. I would buy it in a heart beat but frankly $17/yd is out of my price range for this project.
Lots of Sunbrella on eBay for less than half that price.Just search on the word "Sunbrella". Here are a couple stores:

eBay Store - brokerman.20095: Marine Fabrics, Canvas, Upholstery

eBay Store - Trimjobber Canvas,Vinyls,Fabrics: Marine Awning Canvas, Marine Vinyl, Outdoor Cushion Fabrics

There are many different types and weights of Sunbrella. You are going to want material suitable for indoor cushions, not the heavy awning or Bimini stuff Check out Sunbrella: The official website of Sunbrella® fabrics for more info.

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Old 05-04-2010, 08:25   #24
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You have to watch the fabric stores or on sale on E-bay.. as its uasally the end of rolls or has a slight deformed area to it..
We do a mass amount of fabric work and have found that if you buy a quality product and forget about price, you'll be happier 10 times over..
Got a guy here in the marina that after picking my brain about "How To" on the inside of his boat, bought fabric from a discount store and did the inside of his boat.. After a couple weeks the pieces started twisting and would not lay flat against the bulkheads.. The fabric he bought had a twist in the fabric when made.. The weve was off.. nothing you could see when you started but the finished product showed it..
Like a pair of pants where the leg of the pants would twist to where the seam would roll around to the fromt..
A good quality upolstery fabric will last for years, be easy to clean, and a comfort to set on.. and when the jopb of making them is done, you'll be more pleased with the finished product..
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Lots of Sunbrella on eBay for less than half that price.Just search on the word "Sunbrella". Here are a couple stores:

eBay Store - brokerman.20095: Marine Fabrics, Canvas, Upholstery

eBay Store - Trimjobber Canvas,Vinyls,Fabrics: Marine Awning Canvas, Marine Vinyl, Outdoor Cushion Fabrics

There are many different types and weights of Sunbrella. You are going to want material suitable for indoor cushions, not the heavy awning or Bimini stuff Check out Sunbrella: The official website of Sunbrella® fabrics for more info.

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Our thoughts are that a pillow or similar wouldn't slide off microfiber suede.
What's the down side? I don't get it.
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Use a water resistant cushion cover over the existing covers and add a throw over in nice natural fabric and give her a budget and complete freedom of choice of colour.
Provide some fixings for the throw and it'll clean easier, in the washer at home, and take the stains that boat eating will always dish out.
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We are in the process of re-doing our cushions with new foam and Ultraleather. The Ultraleather really is very very soft and comfy. I cannot wait until it is all done.

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Alacantra -- otherwise known as ultrasuede. Pure polyester. The best possible material for boat interior upholstery.
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Interior Cushion Fabric

We just purchased a 2001 Catana 471 and need to replace the interior cushions (benches in each cabin and salon). We are considering mirco-suede/ultra suede Alcontera - has anyone experienced any problems with stains, sunscreen, lotions and oils? How is the wear and tear and is is comfy in the dead heat of summer?
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