Fabric> Rubberized Materials
Slip-Not is a unique fabric that holds up strongly to wear and abrasion while
also offering grip and non-skid in both wet and dry conditions. Waterproof, fire
retardant, washable, cold crack tested to -40F, and withstanding 12,000
revolutions on the Taber Abrasion Test, Slip-Not is excellent for sewing or
welding and is soft and washable. The non-slip PVC is available on both woven
and knit substrate backing fabric. The coating comes in 2 different design
surfaces and can be custom ordered in colors.
Slip-Not Grip Fabric is a low stretch, non slip fabric consisting
of a woven polyester base with an integral Texturized Rubberized PVC surface. This
material is highly abrasion resistant, fluid proof, stain resistant, and fire resistant
to CAL 117 specifications. Superior grip characteristics wet or dry.
Rubberized material is a term used to describe any flexible, stretchable polymer
coated textile or material. The coating on the material may be for various reasons
including water resistance or waterproofing, or to impart non slip, grip or friction
capabilities to the substrate fabric. Material can also be rubberized (have
a rubber core) and then laminated on the outside with fabric that stretches and
provides a structure to the finished product, like
Wetsuit material; originally used
for SCUBA diving suits to keep divers comfortable by providing insulation and a
warm layer of water between the wearer and the outside water.
Natural rubber comes from the processed sap of the rubber tree which is grown
in tropical jungle climates although natural rubber has superior flexibility and
stretch characteristics allowing it to stretch many times it's original length
and return to it's original shape; however, it has limitations when it comes
to durability and weather resistance. Heat treating or vulcanizing the rubber with
sculpture compounds makes natural rubber more durable and resistant to rotting,
especially in hot humid conditions.
Synthetic rubber or blended rubber is superior in this regard as it is not affected
by heat and humidity although it may contain small amounts of natural rubber blended
with petroleum products to create a product that is more durable, longer lasting
and resistant to chemicals, acids, alkalis and solvents. The trade off for the increased
durability is often a sacrifice of flexibility and stretch ratio. Natural rubber
can be made to stretch much more than synthetic rubber; however, recent advances
in chemical formulations for synthetic rubber have vastly increased the stretch-ability
of synthetic rubber to the point where it approaches that of natural rubber.
Specially formulated vinyl is sometimes used as the polymer coating on rubberized
materials. The difference between synthetic rubber and vinyl that has been formulated
with plasticizers and additives, is difficult to discern just by feeling or handling
the material and without lab testing. So to many end users of the material there
is little difference between formulated vinyl and rubber.
People often refer to rubberized fabric as rubberized canvas,
but this is a misnomer; canvas in the correct use of the word refers only to a heavy
woven material made from cotton.
Technically Elastic and Shock Cord are two more types of rubberized materials we offer for sale, specifically designed to stretch and return to their original sizes or lengths.
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