Frequently Asked Questions



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Canadian Duties

What are the Canadian duty rates?

USA, Duty = 0%

Colombia, Duty = 0%

Costa Rica, Duty = 0%

*Shipments originate in host country and are delivered directly to Canada. All rates are based on Canada HTSUS Category 3921.12.9100. Shipments originating in the U.S. are not entitled to NAFTA consideration.

Care and Cleaning

What are the recommended cleaning procedures for standard and marine quality vinyl?

Wash with a mixture of mild soap (Ivory®) and water. The complete Care and Cleaning Guide is available for download in our Resource Library.

Custom Products

Does Spradling offer special colors and/or constructions, and what are minimum order requirements?

Yes. There is a 1,500 yards-per-color minimum requirement (with approved credit) for almost any color. It can be replicated and virtually all types of vinyl coated fabric constructions are possible. A large library of embossing textures and surface prints is available.

What is the lead-time on special colors?

Approximately six to eight (6-8) weeks for a lab sample with six to eight (6-8) additional weeks for production once lab sample is approved. (Production time can occasionally be expedited based on priority.) A pending order is required to generate a lab sample. This order will not be produced until the customer approves the lab color match sample.

Why do you offer different vinyl weights?

One size does not fit all. There are different applications that call for added strength, scuff resistance, puncture resistance, etc.

Fitness for Use

What's the story about Fitness for Use?

Member companies of the Chemical Film & Fabrics Association (CFFA) subscribe to a process of total quality management in the conduct of their business. Member companies believe that it is beneficial to their supplier/customer relationships to present basic total quality management principles in the form of an industry statement representing the general philosophy of CFFA member companies. CFFA member companies have initiated various procedures to ensure specification performance including: 1. Forming partnerships with their suppliers to ensure that raw materials are delivered in conformance with a mutually agreed upon specification and are fit for the coated fabric producers intended application. 2. Encouraging suppliers to provide statistical evidence of specification. 3. Performing appropriate internal audits to verify conformance to an agreed upon specification using up-to-date statistical and process control methods. CFFA’s entire Fitness for Use statement is available for download in our Resource Library.

Marine Quality Products

What are the differences between marine vinyl and standard vinyl products?

In essence nothing, except for two primary features:

1. Ultraviolet inhibitors as part of the pigment system.

2. Mildew or antifungal additives.

What is pink stain and how can I prevent it?

Mildew and fungal organisms enter the foam upholstery through the seam areas. These organisms may produce colored byproducts as part of their digestive process. This situation can occur as long as four elements are present: spores, water, warmth and food. All Spradling marine grade vinyl are engineered to include mildew retardant additives dramatically reducing, and in most cases eliminating the potential for pink stain situations in almost all conditions. Biocide treatment of component parts of the seat is also critical to fully protect the upholstery

What is the industry standard for UV resistance?

Xenon: AATCC M 16 E / NTC 1479: 1000 hours QUV: ASTM D4329-05 / CFFA-2 C2: 650 hours

What is the normal service life for a properly formulated marine upholstery vinyl?

Generally three to five (3-5) years, depending on climate and routine cleaning maintenance.

Why does some vinyl turn pink in a marine environment?

Mildew has formed and fungal organisms have grown, producing colored byproducts as part of the digestive process. This situation can occur as long as four elements are present: spores, water, warmth, and food. Click here for more helpful information about Pink Stain.

What can cause yellowing on white vinyl?

1. Incomplete curing of the polyurethane cushioning foam. 2. Release of amine compounds found within the foam formulation. 3. Contact with wood surfaces. 4. High sulfide content in the atmosphere.


How can I get pricing for vinyl products?

Please contact our customer service department at Spradling’s Corporate Office, 800-333-0955, or contact your local area sales representative. View our Sales Directory.

Outdoor Use

Does Spradling offer products that can be used outdoors?

All marine-quality products are manufactured with pigment systems targeted at minimum 640 hours for test QUV: ASTM D4329-05 / CFFA-2 C2.

Can automotive products be used?

Yes, but they are not recommended. UV additives are formulated within the pigments. However, the products are not fully treated for continuous outdoor exposure.

Can contract products be used?

Yes. UV additives are formulated within the pigments. However, the products are not fully treated for continuous outdoor exposure.

Can marine products be used?

Yes, Spradling offers a number of marine-quality designs/patterns specifically engineered for continuous outdoor exposure. They are formulated to provide high ultraviolet and mildew resistance.

Stain Resistance

What should be expected from our products?

Resists most common stains, if cleaned regularly. Routine maintenance is important. Care and Cleaning Guides are available for download in our Resource Library.


Are test reports available?

Yes, please contact Spradling at 1-800-333-0955 or you can send us an email through our contact form.

Do Spradling International's automotive products meet MVSS-302 (Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) flame requirements?

Yes, all standard automotive patterns are formulated to meet the requirement as spelled out in MVSS-302. 

For more information on flame product specifications visit our Resource Library

Which patterns pass the California 117-2013 Flame Specification standard?

All automotive, marine, and contract patterns conform to California 117-2013, Section E, Part I Upholstery Fabrics requirements

How do Spradling’s products perform under abrasion resistance testing?

1. Marine – 25,000 cycles*

2. Decorative contract prints – 100,000 cycles

3. Solid contract colors – 200,000 cycles

4. Rogue (furniture grade) – 25,000 cycles

5. Automotive – 25,000 cycles Note: Test Method Wyzenbeek, #8 cotton duck abradant – minimum performance references shown. Please refer to our catalog for results of specific patterns.

Vinyl Construction

What is the difference between expanded vinyl and non-woven vinyl?

The key difference is the textile that is used for the backing. From this viewpoint, knit fabrics are utilized for expanded vinyl, while needlepunch substrates are typically used for non woven products.

What is backing and how is it produced?

The backing (also called “substrate”) when affixed to a vinyl film, adds strength and stability to the material. Spradling’s typical expanded quality backing is a knitted textile produced using 100% polyester yarn and manufactured on a circular knitter suitable for many applications.