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Old 19-11-2018, 02:52   #1
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Vinyl for Dodger

As we in Europe start our maintenance over the winter period, I was looking at perhaps changing the Vinyl from our Dodger windows.

What thickness Vinyl did you use to replace your dodger windows ?
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Maybe you can get a few leads here?


https://www.google.com/search?client...21.0svPClt6p4s

I certainly wouldn't make a recommendation because our climate is totally different to yours. Apart from that I am not familiar with the terms - perspex? acrylic?...


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As we in Europe start our maintenance over the winter period, I was looking at perhaps changing the Vinyl from our Dodger windows.

What thickness Vinyl did you use to replace your dodger windows ?

30 mil Strataglass is a common choice, but 20-40 mil works. O'sea is similar but is more flexible for the same thickness. Both are urethane coated PVC.



Vinyl is short for polyvinylchloride (PVC). Perspex is a brand name of acrylic. Lexan is a brand name of polycarbonate.
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What does 30 mil refer to? Can't be millimetre unless your going for bulletproof!
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What does 30 mil refer to? Can't be millimetre unless your going for bulletproof!

What does 1 mil thickness mean?

It is rated with the term, "mil". A mil is a measurement that equals one-thousandth of an inch, or 0.001 inch. Most human hair is One-thousandth of inch, or 0.001 inch. The most common size in the thickness rating for plastic sheeting is 6 mil. This is 6-thousandths of an inch, or 0.006 inch.

Shop By Thickness (mils) of Plastic Sheeting Plastic Sheeting Roll


https://www.globalplasticsheeting.com/thickness-of-plastic-sheeting
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OK thanks for that, I had no idea that such a unit of thickness existed.
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We had a new California style dodger built and used Strataglass for the windows. This stuff is optically clear, stiffer, and durable more so than regular clear vinyl. However the strataglass will take on a memory (shape) if rolled up or spread out over a irregular surface. We learned this the hard way as they have retained some permanent but small wrinkles.

So when the weather is nice we store the window panels in the v berth nice and flat. If I were to do it over again I would go with the Lexan for the windows especially for the curved sections as there is no distortion and looks like a glass window. Just my opinion, others may differ.
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for a comparison of different window materials

https://www.sailrite.com/type/Select...keywords=clear
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We went thru this exercise last year. Short story--brands & thicknesses are limited. Even in Palma de Mallorca, there are few choices of materials. I'd suggest talking to your local suppliers first, before doing a lot of research only to discover you can't get it where you're at. Also, the local guys often have a pretty good handle on what works in your area & what doesn't.

See my thread from last year for a little advice on keeping your new windows clear: Cleaners for plastic spray hood windows?
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