Repairing Your Boat Cover – It’s a Snap!

February 27th, 2012 | Posted by SavvyBoater in Boat Covers | Canvas Snap Tools

Snap Setter Tool and replacement snaps photo

The Jaws of Life – for your boat cover!

You did everything right, you really did.

Not only did you get yourself a smart, inexpensive insurance policy for your boat by purchasing a boat cover, but you went out and got a custom cover designed specifically for your make, model and year of boat. Realizing that your cover was an investment itself, you took pretty darn good care of it with regular cleanings. Good job!

But the elements can be harsh. Rain, hail, mildew, dirt, road grime, falling debris and UV rays can all wreak havoc on canvas tops. Despite all your good intentions, Ma Nature will eventually leave her mark. Canvas can shrink and even rip. The once simple task of aligning and fastening the snaps can turn into a knock-down, drag-out wrestling match.

Fortunately, there are some simple tools and fixes that can get your cover back in shape. The Top Snapper Canvas Snap Tool is ideal for aligning and fastening both inside or outside snaps (the only animal of its kind) on tight covers, and for unsnapping snaps without tearing or ripping the canvas. With a comfortable, sure-grip, rubberized handle, it’s equipped with two stainless steel, notched blades (long for outside snaps, shorter for inside jobs), that slip over the snap shoulder to allow you to position the snaps. It even works on corroded snaps, and it has a lifetime warranty. To make that snapping  job even easier, add a little Top Snapper No-Mess Snap Lubricant. An easily applied, solid form lubricant, it cuts through corrosion and lubricates for easy snapping, with no liquid mess. It also works as a zipper lubricant. Pretty slick!

So maybe you’re at the point where your some of your snaps are shot and need to be replaced. With a handy Canvas Snap Kit (snaps, punch tool and lube) and a Snap Setter Locking Plier Snap Tool you can skip the trip to a custom repair shop and do the job quickly and easily yourself. A heavy-duty locking plier with welded snap dies, the Snap Setter is designed to install the cap (dome) of the snap directly to the canvas. The Snap Setter provides greater leverage than die-and-peg snap tools and lasts much longer than light duty snap pliers available in some marine stores. A great value!

Applying boat cover bandage to boat cover

On the road to recovery!

Okay, accidents will happen. Your boat cover can tear or rip. What now? With a roll of Boat Cover and Bimini Bandage, you can make fast and easy repairs to your boat cover or Bimini top. A specially formulated transparent tape that resists tearing in all directions, it has an aggressive adhesive that will even stick to damp covers. Available in a three inch wide by 15 foot long roll, it’s suitable for any color canvas.

So now’s the time to get that cover back in shape before the new boating season starts. With these simple tools and solutions, you can make sure your boat won’t blow it’s cover!



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