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Introduction to Canvas

Canvas is a closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, or linen. Canvas these days are usually made of cotton or linen, although historically it is made mostly from hemp. Canvas differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim and drill cloth, in being plain weave rather than twill weave. Canvas comes in two basic types: plain and duck. The threads on duck canvas are more tightly woven. Canvas is classified in two ways: by weight and by a graded number system. The numbers run in reverse of the weight so a number 2 canvas is heavier than number 9.

There are a wide variety of uses for canvas depending on the type of treatments and processes these fabrics go through. Canvas can be used for tents, sails, winch and hatch covers , bags, equipment covers, shoes, as a painting surface etc. Canvas can be made waterproof, water- resistant, rot-resistant, fire-retardant, heat resistant and UV treated.

Besides cotton canvas, the other of the more common forms of canvas is the marine canvas. Marine canvas refers to a varied array of materials and substrates used in the fabrication and production of awnings, covers, tarps, sunshades, signs and banners for the advertising, boating, trucking, tenting, structural and medical industry.

Marine canvas are especially suitable for outdoors use. Most marine canvas materials are waterproof or water-resistant and some offer UV protection.

Marine canvas can protect against harmful UV rays because of the shade it provides. UV damages varnish (causes degradation, loss of color and elasticity and finally cracking and peeling) and the materials with which sails are made. To avoid constant boat repair, covers are fabricated for all sails that are left outside, and all bright work, or highly varnished wood. Hatches are covered for indoor sun protection and winches are covered to protect them from deterioration of airborne particles and rain.


Customization of Covers

Tarpaulin canvas is generally pieced together using 2 methods, sewing and/or heat welding. Sewing is done with the use of industrial grade sewing machines and thread. Heat welding is accomplished by injecting a stream of calibrated hot air between 2 layers of tarpaulin, turning the weld-interface into a thick, viscous liquid. Two heated interfaces can then be pressed together, allowing the molecules to mix through intermolecular diffusion, joining them as one. Then the plastic is cooled, allowing the weld to solidify.

While cotton canvas can only be sewn and not heat welded, tarpaulin canvas can be sewn or heat welded as discussed above. Tarpaulin canvas is usually heat welded for flat surfaces (ie fabrication of flat sheets) and sewn when the tarpaulin is required to be pieced together at right angles (ie for fabrication of covers).

A general area or equipment can be covered with tarpaulin either with a flat sheet or a cover with customized dimensions. The advantages of a flat sheet are that it is versatile (can be reused to cover other items/areas) and is also quick and easy to put on, simply spread the flat sheet onto the item of interest. The advantages of a customized cover are that it looks comparatively neater and tidier when put on and tends not to be affected by wind (ie blown up/off) and is therefore considered more secure.

Flat Sheet of Tarpaulin and Customised Cover

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