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WeatherMAX 3D fabric can be stretched to conform to a project, but returns to its original shape. Photo: Safety Components Fabric Technologies.

In the marine upholstery industry, covering three-dimensional shapes requires the right design and fabric. It’s all about getting a smooth, secure form fit that won’t loosen over time.

That was the challenge Tammy Hampton, owner of Buford, Ga.-based Cover Girl Marine Canvas and Upholstery, faced when fabricating a cover for a recent project—a large marine outboard engine.

To get the flexibility she needed, Hampton worked with WeatherMAX® 3D, a soft and pliable elasticized fabric; she had some experience with the textile, having used it successfully to cover a custom racecar. WeatherMAX 3D’s elastic quality gives it the ability to expand up to 30 percent under tension and then return to its original shape when released. The easy-to-handle fabric required a serged or overlap seam due to the stretch.

Made in the USA by Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., WeatherMAX 3D is designed for long-lasting performance in extreme conditions.  Water-resistant yet breathable, and UV- and fade-resistant, the fabric is 100 percent pigment solution-dyed for durability and color consistency. For more information, visit

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