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The 411 on Vinyl - Questions and answers about Vinyl Fabric and how to use it
by - Specialized Textile Outfitters


I'm going to build a pop-up top for a slide-in camper. I need a fabric for the sides that can collapse (as top will be folded up and down), I need a water proof material, a mold proof material, something that will work well for reflecting the sun light/heat, something I can cut to have windows in and sow zippers on to for window. I'm looking at your Heat Shield Aluminized Thermal Reflective Vinyl. I would get the aluminum for the outside and while on the inside. Will this fabric serve my purposes without tearing or wearing out where it is folded up and down? If so can you provide a swatch size sample? Thank you.


Our Heat Shield (TM) Aluminized Thermal Reflective Vinyl is not intended to be an outdoor material.


You can layer this material behind another material that is intended for outdoor use, this would be the best solution.

Here are a few choices of outdoor vinyl for the outer layer:

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The Heat Shield (TM) Aluminized Thermal Reflective Vinyl will reflect some of the radiated heat from the sun, but it will not act as a significant insulator. In order to insulate, you need a volume of trapped air space, this is usually accomplished with thick fiberglass batting, but standard fiberglass insulation will not work for your application because you pop-up camper top needs to fold.

Instead of using bulky fiberglass batting you could get some insulating and heat blocking capabilities from this material:


This material could be layered between an outer weather resistant layer, and cleanable, protective inner layer, creating a "sandwich" of different fabric / vinyl materials, all with different properties to accomplish a protective barrier system that one fabric alone could not provide.

Sample swatches for all of our vinyls and fabrics are available to buy on our website, on each of the material's individual web page.


looking for tinted vinyl for window of soft top jeep. I see that you carry 54" wide vinyl, but no indication of color or tint available. We want a light/med. tint on the vinyl. Can I get an online view of available stock as well as costs if different from the price/yd listed?


We have a quantity of the tinted vinyl in stock, certainly more that it would require to outfit a single Jeep, but less than would fill a 40' shipping container.

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We do not provide online stock levels on our website, as this would only serve the interests of our competitors in determining how fast we sell a particular product and our customer demand for a particular product. We have more information about this on our Facebook page; if you are curious about this topic.

As far as color of the tinted vinyl, there is no industry standard for color on this product, and even if there were; it would be impossible to accurately represent it on our website to all the possible internet connected devices, each with different screen and color settings / color reproduction capabilities.
If color is very important to you, please order samples online so there are no surprises when you order the material.

The price listed on the website is for the material that is in stock.


I was wondering  what color the tints were (ie. blue or grey).  Is all the tinted vinyl 54" wide? And is the cost the same for all?  I am trying to quote costs to a potential customer.  Also, do you have a minimum order?  We don't typically do this all the time, but now that I've stated that, somebody might make me a liar (haha)


The tint on our tinted vinyl is more of a grey color, it only comes 54" wide, and we currently only have the 1 color in stock.

There is no minimum order on stock items. You can order a 2x2x inch sample, 12x12 inch sample or as little as 1 yard.

We can special order other colors, and even run a custom lot to you color specification / Percentage of light transmission, but that would require a minimum order of at least 1,000 yards. We could get you a significant discount on the 1,000 yards, but payment would need to be made in full prior to production.

 - Specialized Textile Outfitters
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