Caring for Your Clears and Strataglass with IMAR

When it comes to selecting the right clear enclosures for your boat's flybridge or runabout, it's all about striking a balance between cost and quality. While these enclosures are designed to protect you from the elements, their true value is defined by their transparency and durability.

For those seeking impeccable clarity, there are two standout options: Acrylic and Polycarbonate. Acrylic, in particular, is a popular choice due to its ability to have fine scratches polished out, ensuring that it maintains a pristine appearance. However, it's important to note that both materials are rigid and cannot be rolled up like more flexible PVC clears, which may limit their suitability for certain applications.

In situations where structural obstructions prevent the clear panels from being easily maneuvered within a flybridge or cabin, alternatives such as Strataglass come into play. Strataglass, a blend of Acrylic and Polycarbonate, boasts special scratch and UV-resistant coatings, offering reasonably good clarity and serving as a versatile compromise between the two materials.

Extending the Life of Quality Clears

Clear visibility is paramount when navigating the open waters. It's not just about enjoying the view; it's also crucial for spotting navigation beacons, fish traps, avoiding debris, and ensuring your safety by keeping other vessels in sight.

For boats regularly exposed to the elements, you can typically expect a lifespan of five to seven years for quality clears. Trailerboats that are sheltered from harsh weather conditions can enjoy even longer-lasting clears. However, it's essential to remember that neglecting proper maintenance can significantly reduce their lifespan. (Editor's Note: With regular care, my Strataglass front panel recently reached an impressive 12 years of service).

How to Clean & Protect Strataglass Clear Vinyl Window

Essential Clear Maintenance Guidelines

To ensure your clears enjoy a long and healthy life, follow these essential maintenance guidelines:

  • Seal the Surface: Regularly wash and polish the vinyl surface at least monthly (Strataglass recommends weekly) to protect it from environmental damage.
  • Heed Manufacturer's Advice: Different clear materials may require specific cleaning and polishing products, so always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Avoid Dry Rubbing: Never rub or wipe salt crystals or dust from clears without water and soap to prevent scratches.
  • Gentle Washing: Before applying protective products like IMAR polish (the sole warranted product for Strataglass), wash the clears gently with mild, pH-neutral soaps diluted in water using a soft cleaning mitt or sponge.
  • Two Microfiber Towels: Use two microfiber towels when applying and buffing protective products, ensuring proper nourishment.
  • Beware of Sunscreen: Keep sunscreen away from clears, as it can permanently cloud the vinyl surface, particularly with Strataglass.
  • Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Never use regular window cleaners, detergents, abrasives, petroleum-based products, chemicals, or alcohol on clears, as they can break down protectors in the vinyl.
  • Skip Water-Repellent Products: Avoid using water-repellent products, as they can harm the external finish.

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Properly Storing Clears, to preserve the shape and size of your clears, consider these storage recommendations:

  • Avoid Folding: Do not fold clears, as it can increase the risk of cracks.
  • Lay Flat or Roll: When storing them, lay clears flat or roll them up with an old white bed sheet between layers. Avoid stacking items on top, as they can leave impressions on the vinyl.
  • Prevent Moisture: Never store clears when they are wet, as it can cause cloudiness and discoloration.
  • Lubricate Zippers and Fasteners: Periodically apply a clear silicone spray to zippers and fasteners.
  • Ventilation: Maintain proper ventilation in the flybridge area to prevent mildew buildup. When using (diluted) bleach for cleaning mold, ensure Teflon stitching was used, as bleach can damage cotton stitching.



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In conclusion, when it comes to maintaining the quality and durability of your clears, don't compromise. As boaters, you are surrounded by the beauty of nature, so ensure that your view is always crystal clear. For effective clear vinyl cleaning and protection, consider using the IMAR™ 473ml product. This solution is specially formulated to clean, polish, and protect Strataglass and other clear vinyl.