Marine grade vinyl durability

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Is anyone worried that the MGV won't be durable in the long run, prone to cracking or tearing?
I am planning on having my Bronco for a long time, 10 to 15 years. I am between Big Bend with cloth or Black Diamond with MGV, both with ManSquatch.





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There’s a few threads on this but think of it this way..... it’s like anything else depends on use and care so the answer is very subjective. Should hold up as good or better than any other materials
 

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The longevity of vinyl fabric is unmatched. If properly installed and maintained, it can last to anywhere from ten to twenty years. Although it’s not as durable as leather, it can withstand dents and scratches for several years. I’ve seen other reports of it lasting up too 50 years. I have an NRS river raft that’s 20 years old and been beat to crap and still no tears.
 
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The longevity of vinyl fabric is unmatched. If properly installed and maintained, it can last to anywhere from ten to twenty years. Although it’s not as durable as leather, it can withstand dents and scratches for several years. I’ve seen other reports of it lasting up too 50 years. I have an NRS river raft that’s 20 years old and been beat to crap and still no tears.
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Hmm, you think boat manufacturers pick a material that isn't durable to put in something that's out in the weather all the time?
 

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If you are really concerned about cracking, you can get a high end vinyl conditioner and use it regularly to help with sun damage. I don't remember what my dad uses on his boat, but it was recommended by his dealer and seems to work pretty well. Try going to your local marina or a higher end boat dealer and see what they recommend.

I plan to use some sort of specialized vinyl cleaner and conditioner to try and preserve my seats. Like many, I plan to have my Bronco a LONG time.
 

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Plasticizers leach from the vinyl over time and faster with hot sun beating on it. A vinyl conditioner will help to restore some of the plasticizer loss and would not be needed often.
 

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