If you know much about us, you know we are different. We like to ask why, what, and how a lot. Just ask our vendors, in some cases we hit them with questions no one has ever asked them. Last year at the National Marine Fabricator Association Conference, a very good friend of ours, who also happens to be a wonderful fabricator as well, Darren Arthur of Nautilux Custom Canvas, suggested we try using Recacril instead of Sunbrella. Because of our curiosity, we gave it a try.
The very first thing you notice when comparing the two is the weave. Recacril has a much tighter weave giving it a must stiffer feel. You can see a difference if you hold the two up the sun, you see a bit more daylight through the Sunbrella than you see in the Recacril. When laying out our first pattern on it, we noticed, because of the stiffness it cut a bit differently, a bit easier when using a hot knife. We had Sharps Tarps do some cutting for us on larger number production jobs using their big fancy cutting table and they ran into issues of it being more difficult to cut. On the other Darren Arthur says one of his favorite things about the Recacril is the cutting and he also uses an automated cutting table.
With sewing, because of the stiffness, the sewers do not like top stitching it. It makes them sweat a bit more and they are developing some pretty nice “Popeye” arms! Amanda doesn’t feel that is a good look for her. I have noticed, however, that seams look a bit less puckered and wrinkly. This could be the fabric or it could just be our team is getting better at sewing.
We have used it on is our FCT’s a few Snap Covers, and I have really liked the finished product. The look more crisp and tight without being too tight. Only time will tell if that tighter weave leads to less sag that you see in the Sunbrella covers have. The more we use the Recacril, the more I am leaning towards using more of it.
Nuts and Bolts, Who is better at…
Warranty: Both are 10 years
Marketing: Sunbrella has much better name recognition, customers ask for it by name.
American Made: Sunbrella (Recacril is made in Spain)
Material: Both Solution Dyed Acrylic
Application: they are interchangeable.