Tag Archive for Water Resistant

Neoprene and its Useful Uses.

rainbow of neoprene fabric colours

Neoprene 100% water resistant fabric

This week new stock of the ultra-useful neoprene fabric arrived, in a vast range of colour choices. Our KBT Neoprene fabric is created by sandwiching a 1.6 mm layer of SBR fabric (styrene butadiene) in between layers of polyester spandex resulting in a 2mm thick fabric.

 

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The Types of Water Resistant and Repellent Fabrics

neoprene underwater

“Water resistant” and “waterproof” both refer to penetration of liquid water. Manufactured waterproof fabrics have been around for over a hundred years. They are either treated or are inherently resistant to water penetration and wetting. In Victorian times, Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh sandwiched rubber between cloth to make an impermeable fabric that was waterproof but not breathable. Raincoats were made from this material and became known as ‘macs’. However, the early designs smelled quite bad and melted in hot weather.

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