Vinyl and Fabric Awnings - RVs
An RV awning is either Vinyl or Fabric. A "vinyl" RV awning is made from a premium grade "marine quality" vinyl. A "fabric" RV awning, also know as "acrylic" or "canvas" is actually "100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric" manufactured by Glen Raven LLC under their brand "Sunbrella®".
Care for Vinyl and Fabric Awnings is NOT the same.
Vinyl RV Awnings:
Maintain with periodic applications of 303® Aerospace Protectant™. Benefits are:
Very repellent finish: Vinyl awnings stay resist soiling, stay cleaner longer and clean up much easier when finally soiled. There are two other beneficial aspects to this repellency.
303® treated vinyl awnings clean up so easily, `awning cleaners' are virtually never required. Since most products sold as awning cleaners contain bleach or other components harmful to vinyl, avoiding such products means a longer useful life for the awning.
303® treated vinyl awnings don't get as wet and dry much faster. Since 303®'d awnings are less likely to get rolled up when they are still damp, mildew and mildew staining problems are less likely.
RV Fabric Awnings:
RV Fabric or "Acrylic" awnings are almost universally made from "SUNBRELLA®". This is a "breathable" outdoor textile...which means that, unlike vinyl, the material does NOT cause water to condense on the underside.
Sunbrella®: This is a specialized solution-dyed acrylic textile with very high UV tolerance.
Untreated, this textile has no inherent soil resistance, water repellency or resistance to water or oil-based stains. Therefore, the textile is treated with a special repellent finish during the manufacturing process.
Friction and the passing of time degrade the repellent finish. When this begins to occur, instead of `beading' water when it rains, the awning begins to get damp when it rains. If the awning is not retreated with a proper stain and water repellent at this time, the awning material can become indelibly soiled or stained and after time can even begin to leak.
To replenish the lost water and stain repellency, first wash the awning with 303® Fabric Cleaner, or 303® Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner. Then treat the awning with an approved commercial grade fabric protector (consumer grade fabric protectors are not adequate). 303® High Tech Fabric Guard is a recommended commercial grade product with un-paralled soil resistance, water & stain repellency and longevity. CAUTION: `Silicone' water repellent treatments are commonly available, but these should never be used on Sunbrella® . Doing so can void the factory warranty.
For an overview of proper care of vinyl, click here:
For proper care of outdoor fabrics, click here:
For the Glen Raven/Sunbrella® video "Care & Cleaning Of Outdoor Fabrics", click here.