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Old 04-11-2008, 23:17   #1
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canvas dodger don't fit

Hello

I have a canvas dodger that I took off for a week and now when I try to put it back on it won't stretch enough and won't fit. Any tips?
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Old 05-11-2008, 00:09   #2
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Maybe soaking it in some soapy water and putting it on wet?
I havent tryied this.
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Because cotton canvas fibers swell considerably in the transverse direction as they absorb water, cotton canvas actually shrinks when wet.

Polyester fabrics, such as Sunbrella, are generally dimensionally stable when wet.

Soap must always be rinsed out of the fabric (cotton or poly'), prior to air drying.
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OK, so...what's the answer? I have seen the people on this forum solve MUCH more complex questions! lol
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I have had the same problem, and making it wet worked for me. I had to muscle it, but it worked, or maybe in my feeble mind it worked?
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Yeah that's all I can offer too is just muscling it. I did get it on there though.
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Soaking it in warm (almost hot) water helps especially with the synthetic fabrics.
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Wait for some warmer weather?

Not sure if a hot air gun / hairdryer would have the same effect.
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Is your "canvass" dodger actually cotton canvass, or some other synthetic fabric? If so, what?
It will make a difference.
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I have to take the bimini off nearly every year. Putting it back is easiest if I unbolt part of my frame to give myself some slack. Then with the fabric zipped back to the frame I can use a ratcheting cargo strap to pull it tight enough to get missing bolts back in.

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On ours, we have to push the stainless frame together - if we do that, then we can get the snaps together, otherwise it's too tight. Don't know if it helps, but that's what we do...
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Even sunbrella absorbs a certain amount of water. Soak it down well and then put it on. An 8' bimini wil have 1-2" extra to play with. Bob
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