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How does the cool-feel vinyl work, and does it make a difference?

"Cool Feel" vinyl is a type of vinyl fabric designed to stay cooler in direct sunlight compared to traditional vinyl materials. It's commonly used for boat upholstery and seating to provide a more comfortable experience for passengers.

The cooling effect of Cool Feel vinyl is achieved through a combination of factors:

Reflective Properties:

Cool Feel vinyl is often treated with special coatings or additives that enhance its ability to reflect sunlight. This helps to prevent the material from absorbing as much heat as traditional vinyl.

Color Selection:

The color of the vinyl can also play a role. Lighter colors tend to reflect more sunlight and heat, whereas darker colors tend to absorb it. Cool Feel vinyl typically comes in lighter shades that are conducive to staying cooler.


Some Cool Feel vinyl may be designed with a breathable structure that allows for better airflow. This can help to dissipate heat and moisture more effectively, further contributing to the cooling effect.

UV Resistance:

Cool Feel vinyl is usually treated to be highly resistant to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV resistance helps to prevent the material from degrading or fading over time due to sun exposure.

High-Quality Material:

Cool Feel vinyl is typically made from high-quality vinyl compounds that are engineered to be durable and long-lasting. This ensures that the cooling properties will remain effective over time.

Comfort and Texture:

In addition to its cooling properties, Cool Feel vinyl is often designed to be comfortable to the touch. It may have a soft texture that enhances the overall seating experience.

It's important to note that while Cool Feel vinyl is designed to stay cooler than traditional vinyl, it may still become warm in direct sunlight, especially on hot days. However, it should provide a more comfortable experience compared to non-cooling vinyl materials.

When using Cool Feel vinyl on boats, it's recommended to also employ other cooling strategies, such as providing shade with a canopy or bimini top, using light-colored cushions, and using ventilation to circulate air. These measures can further enhance the comfort of passengers on board.


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