This just in – Gold is back!

I’ll be the first to admit that fashion trends don’t often catch my attention.  Like many of you, my job, family, friends, and household take up much of my time.  But little-by-little I’ve been noticing something in my periphery.  I think it started gradually.  Now it seems like it’s everywhere.  What is it?  Gold.

When did gold fabrics come back into style?

I’m a child of the 70’s so I’ve seen gold work its magic before.  Glittery lamé and faux gold finishes shone through the disco era, and eventually faded away, until now.

Sunbrella, one of our most popular outdoor woven fabrics, has brought in some really incredible golds.  In fact, if you ask for the Gold Colour Family on their shade site, there are at least 20 different colours that come up, more if you add in upholstery fabrics.  Here are some samples:

Sunbrella_Granville_Toinsel_4826

Sunbrella Granville Toinsel 4826

Sunbrella_Era_Cornsilk_4762

Sunbrella Era Cornsilk 4762

Sunbrella_Alloy_Bronze_4401

Sunbrella Alloy Bronze 4401

Sunbrella_Granville_Mahogany_4828

Sunbrella Granville Mahogany 4828

Amazing, right?  But it’s not just the woven fabrics that are in on it.  The vinyls and shade screens are joining the glossy parade with some golds of their own.  Take a peek at the images below and I think you’ll agree, gold is back, and it’s lookin’ good!

Soltis 86 Champagne

Soltis 86 Champagne

Soltis 86 Pepper

Soltis 86 Pepper

Ferrari Precontraint Gold

Ferrari Precontraint Gold

Here's the Ferrari Gold in action!

Here’s the Ferrari Gold in action!

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Today’s Subject, Class, Is Eradication.

This isn’t a pest control post; we’re of the live and let live mentality here at Western Tent.  No, this is about the method used to create great looking, ultra bright, backlit graphics on your canopy.

Here’s how it works.  We cover a canopy frame in your favourite colour of vinyl material, apply a stencil of your logo over top, and within those specific boundaries, chemically wash away the vinyl’s colour to white allowing the background light to flood through.

Are you still with me?

I’ll show you an example.

Let’s say you’ve got a canopy that looks like this.  Maybe your graphics are painted, maybe they’re vinyl decal.  Either way, they look great in the daytime.  However, when night comes, they’re really tough to see.vinyl_decal_graphics

Now take a look at the eradicated graphics.  I know, right?  Amazing!  You might be able to see those graphics from the ISS (that’s the International Space Station for those who don’t have their geek on).eradicated_graphicsEradi-Lite and Cooley are two of the more common brand names in eradicable vinyl available in the industry, though there are others, and there are a variety of colours to choose from.  We can also spice things up further by adding translucent vinyl decal to the eradicated space, giving you a highly visible spectrum of colour which will tie in your branding.

Eradication.  It’s a good thing!