I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to use some new fabric samples and I said that I noticed that this 200d Oxford weave appeared to have seen treated... It has... And as feared, grip can't stick to it as I discovered on a South Devon reef yesterday. Even the logo is touch and go.
So it's back up plan time. I've had some Non-Stick mesh kicking a round so have made strips for the deck and fixed them with strong glue (Stormsrure). This is the glue used on the valve which has held up fine. I could have left a bigger gap at the tail. That's a weak point for sure.
Now, I don't think this is a grip I would want to do as a rule but it will be interesting to see how it goes. I could have just applied more Sikaflex to the glue but it's nice to experiment now and then. Will this be robust enough? Probably not but there's only one way to find out.
Suffice it to say, I won't be buying any of this fabric any time soon.