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Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreens Vinyl Compatibility Test Results

Purpose:
To test Reef Safe SPF products on light and dark vinyl to observe if Reef Safe products would cause any ill effects on the vinyl such as bleeding, staining, or yellowing.

Test Data:
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012: the light and dark test vinyl was labeled prior to testing.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012: At 8:00 AM, the products were applied to both the light and dark vinyl, and placed outside of our facility in direct sunlight. Later that same afternoon at 4:00 PM both tests were brought back to the laboratory, and wiped with a damp cloth.
Vinyl examined for any discolorations: None were observed.
Weather Conditions: Sunny and clear with a high of 79°F.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012: At 8:00 AM, the products were applied a second time to both the light and dark vinyl, and placed outside of our facility in direct sunlight. Later that same afternoon at 4:00 PM both tests were brought back to the laboratory, and wiped with a damp cloth.
Vinyl examined for any discolorations: None were observed.
Weather Conditions: Sunny and clear with a high of 82°F.

Friday, March 30th, 2012: At 8:00 AM, the products were applied for a third time to both the light and dark vinyl, and placed outside of our facility in direct sunlight. Later that same afternoon at 4:00 PM both tests were brought back to the laboratory, and wiped with a damp cloth.
Vinyl examined for any discolorations: None were observed.
Weather Conditions: Sunny and clear with a high of 83°F.

Method:
Step 1: Pieces of light and dark vinyl were labeled with a SPF number for identification.


Light Vinyl: As seen in the photograph above, none of the Reef Safe
products showed any signs of discolorations or yellowing.

Step 2: A small portion of the Reef Safe product was applied directly to the vinyl next to the matching SPF number. Note: By using a pipette, we were able to apply the eco-friendly sprays in the designated area.

Step 3: Upon all Reef Safe SPF products being applied, the vinyl tests were then placed outside in direct sunlight for 8-hours.

Step 4: After eight hours in the sun, the tests were then wiped off with a damp cloth and brought back to the laboratory for examination.


Dark Vinyl: As seen in the photograph above, none of the Reef Safe
products showed any signs of discolorations or yellowing.

Step’s 2, 3, & 4 were repeated the following two days.

Results:
After being in direct sunlight for 3 consecutive 8-hour days for a total of 24 hours in direct sunlight neither vinyl showed any signs of discoloration or yellowing. Note: The ink used for marking identification was faded in the sun on both vinyl tests.

Conclusion:
Based upon the results, Reef Safe products should not present any threat of discoloration or yellowing to your vinyl cushions.