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Old 05-20-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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snaps, zippers, Velcro

Hi to all,
I'm not a big fan of zippers and less so of snaps. Has anyone ever used Velcro for a fly-bridge enclosure?
What would be the good and bad points.
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I have not had good luck with Velcro in a UV environment. Bungee straps might be an option. Not sure of your application.
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Iíve never used Velcro in that application but if I was going to try it, Iíd use 3M Dual Lock instead. It uses 3M Very High Bond adhesive and it grips to itself stronger than Velcro. https://www.itapestore.com/12-x-2-SJ...yABEgJY5PD_BwE
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I have used Velcro on boat canvas but only to kerp flaps closed and prevent wind driven rain leakage.
Ihave found that even in short NE seasons the vrlcro only lasts a couple of yrs.
I do not promote using it but will do it where prior psnels had it and customers want it.
I have had many requests to repair pickup tonneau covers where the velcro has failed.
I would strongly suggest rethinking ypur position but you are the customer and get to make the decision.

Are you thinking velcro on fiberglass & windscreen to eliminate snaps and top & sides to eliminate zips?

What are your objections to zippers... the most common closure.
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I have not had good luck with Velcro in a UV environment. Bungee straps might be an option. Not sure of your application.
3M Dual Lock claims to be UV resistant.
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In wind and driving rain, I don't believe Velcro would hold. Snaps and zippers have better holding power.
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I have used dual lock and it's great. Don't know if there's a version of it that can be sown to fabric. As others have said, Velcro doesn't hold up very long when exposed to UV. Perhaps if it was covered with some kind of flap?

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Love velcro in the proper application. Using it in place of snaps or zippers isnít the proper application. It will not hold on its own in a strong wind. +1 on the UV deterioration.
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I have used dual lock and it's great. Don't know if there's a version of it that can be sown to fabric. As others have said, Velcro doesn't hold up very long when exposed to UV. Perhaps if it was covered with some kind of flap?

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I once fastened it to heavy fabric with ss pop rivits and backing washers.
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Thanks for all the info. I had thought of replacing zippers on the fly-bridge canvas when they failed.
Although I wasn't ready to do anything yet I am glad I asked.
Thanks again
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I hate snaps and lift the dots use twist locks instead.
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I use twist locks on high stress points and at some corners to hold the panel in place and then use regular snaps in between. I don’t use twist locks where they will stick out and get caught on you when passing by.
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