Clear Vinyl Fabric Product Guide

Clear vinyl is a durable material that comes in many thicknesses. With clear vinyl, the higher the gauge, the thicker it is. 60 gauge is thick at 0.06 inches and 4 gauge is only 0.004 inches.

You’ll also see vinyl thickness referred to in mls. This is similar to but NOT the same as the gauge measurement.

All the gauges are waterproof and can withstand very hot and cold temperatures. Clear vinyl also provides some UV protection and is non-yellowing.

Our vinyl is sold by the yard and comes in 54″ widths with the exception of the 60 gauge, which is 48″ wide. The 6 gauge also comes in 72″ wide, 15 yard long rolls.

With the wide variety of gauges offered, there are endless uses for this clear vinyl.

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Common Uses

There are so many uses for clear vinyl and so many gauges that you can use for these uses that we always suggest ordering a couple of samples to see what will work best for your project. Usually, there’s not a single gauge that’s best, and it really depends on your personal preferences. So we’ll try to give you a sense of what is commonly used and you can decide what will work for your application.

I purchased 25 yards of the 10 gauge clear vinyl to replace my poly covered storm window frames in 2015. I couldn’t have been more satisfied not only has it been much more efficient in keeping out the cold of our west coast Canadian winter but it has allowed us to see what is going on outside our windows through the winter months and actually you wouldn’t even know it was there it is so clear. Very satisfied and yes it comes rolled up with paper separating the layers. Last year we had 0 degree weather for several weeks and it wasn’t stood up just fine. I would recommend it 100%.

-Kenneth, OFS Customer

Storm windows and winterization

This is the #1 reason why our customers buy clear vinyl. It provides protection from leaks and drafts, yet it is very clear and won’t obstruct your view. It can also withstand cold temperatures and is waterproof.

A common question is what gauge should be used. All gauges will do the job and can be used in different circumstances. For storm windows and frames, lower gauges are more popular from about 6 to 16 gauge. This is especially true if you’re using a screen window and spline to hold it in because the vinyl has to be thin enough to work with the spline.

For roll up porch protectors, medium gauges work well.

If you want more heavy duty protection, the higher gauges are the better option. 30 and 40 gauge vinyl are the best for extremely low temperatures. Since the higher gauges are stiff, they are better for when you want a more rigid vinyl. They are good for stapling or nailing to porch or patio posts.

There are many ways you can use clear vinyl to winterize, so there isn’t one answer to which gauge is best. It depends on what you’re looking for and how you are going to apply the vinyl. You probably won’t go wrong with a medium gauge like 12, 16, or 20.

Tabletop protection

Another common use for clear vinyl is protecting tables. If you want to protect a tablecloth or you want the vinyl to hang like a tablecloth, lighter gauges like 4, 6, or 8 work well.

If you want to cut the vinyl to the size of the table or desk to use as a protective pad, the 40 or 60 gauge are probably what you’re looking for.

Not only is clear vinyl is great for protecting dining tables from food and spills, but also for protecting desks from scratches, outdoor tables from water damage, and craft tables from messy projects. Similarly, vinyl can be used for drop cloths.

Furniture Protection

When you think clear vinyl, you may think of grandma’s living room’s plastic covered sofas. And you can definitely use this clear vinyl for that! Use light to medium gauges for clear vinyl slipcovers to protect furniture from kids and pets.

You can also use it to cover outdoor furniture for the winter or to protect items stored in the garage from dust.

I used this [60 gauge clear vinyl] on both sides of an opening for a doggy door for my large dogs. It is sturdy and keeps the temperature in the garage much more comfortable.

Pet Doors

A common use for the 40 or 60 gauge vinyl is dog and cat doors.


Use the 30, 40, or 60 gauge vinyl for windows on boats, tents, tractors, sheds, and other places where a non-glass window is needed.

Thin to medium gauges are great for windows in garment bags, under bed storage, and similar items were a clear window is handy for being able to see what’s inside.


Clear vinyl is also great for greenhouses. Like when used on porches, the gauge depends on how you’re applying it. If stretching across frames, thin to medium vinyl is better, and the more rigid gauges are best for stapling or attaching to posts.

Photo, Label, and ID Pockets

Clear vinyl is also great for ID pockets in wallets and bags, label holders on items like storage bins, and for photo pockets on quilts. Thinner gauges are best for these uses.

We used clear vinyl in our How to Make a Hanging Pocket Organizer tutorial.

Bags and Bag Liners

You can use clear vinyl for bag liners or entire bags, like for cosmetic bags, beach bags, diaper bags, and tote bags. Thin gauges are good for linings and medium gauges for bags.


The fashion-forward may use clear vinyl for clothing, whether it’s for more practical uses, like jackets and aprons, or for more unusual applications like skirts, pants, and other wearable items.


You can make your own shower curtains out of clear vinyl to fit your shower. 6, 8, and 10 works for this.

Or cut strips to make curtains like you would find in cold food storage rooms. Heavier gauges are usually used for this kind of curtain.

Working with Clear Vinyl


All our gauges can be cut easily with scissors, even the 60 gauge.


Most gauges can be sewn with a regular sewing machine. For outdoor use, we recommend bonded nylon thread because it is strong and weather resistant.

For other uses that don’t require high strength, like bag liners, ID or photo holder, and tablecloths, the regular All-Purpose Polyester Thread is fine.

Universal needles work well. Like other fabrics, use smaller needles for thinner vinyl and larger for thicker. Use size 16 or 18 when using nylon thread.

Keep in mind, sewing will create small holes making it not 100% waterproof. Likewise, it’s best to hold together layers of vinyl with clips instead of pins because pinning will create permanent holes.

A regular sewing foot is often fine, but a Teflon or roller foot works the best.

For some applications you can use clear tape to attach pieces of vinyl together.


We suggest rinsing it, then polishing dry with a soft cotton cloth or microfiber cloth. You may also use a vinyl cleaner for some applications.


Each gauge of vinyl has a cold crack rating. This is determined with an impact test or by sharply folding the vinyl. The vinyl will become more brittle the colder it gets, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will crack. If you’re not handling it roughly, it may be fine in colder temperatures.

The cold crack temperature is 0° F for all gauges up to the 30 gauge. The 30 gauge rating is -29° F, 40 gauge is -30° F, and the 60 gauge is -10° F.

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I will be replacing the vinyl in a Florida room which has aluminum screen window frames and spline. What gauge should I use?
A shopper on May 19, 2018
I’d like to make a waterproof hand bag and wondered if I can use an impulse heat sealer instead of sewing. I understand different gauges may require different temp and time, to seal a seam. Would I be able to use an impulse heat sealer for 6 gauge ? What would temp and time be?
A shopper on Apr 5, 2019
I am making photo sets and am thinking of using this instead of glass in hand made frames. Will it work? if so what gage would be best?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Clear vinyl is not rigid enough for this purpose.
What gage would you recommend for covering a couch? I have cats.
A shopper on May 17, 2019
I only need about 3 yards--will this come folded or on a roll?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our vinyl is shipped on a roll.
We are recovering our padded dining chairs. I would also like to cover them with a clear vinyl for wear and tear. We have dogs. What gage would you recommend we use that would stand up to dogs, but could be folded and stapled over the new fabric?
A shopper on Nov 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 10 or 12 gauge would likely work well.
Can you cut clear vinyl for 72” round tables?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The largest width we have is 72" for the 6 gauge.
72" 6 Gauge Clear Vinyl - 15 Yards
hi i am replacing the back window to my convertible car i was going to use velcro to attach it to the canvas top from the inside rather than stitching. what can be used as a secondary waterproofing seal in addition to the velcro.would i use a silicone bead all the way around ?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, silicone would likely work well.
I need to know the best gauge vinyl to wrap my front porch to use as a barrier to snow?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It depends what exactly you mean by barrier to snow. If you just mean stopping snowflakes, a lighter gauge like 6 to 12 would be fine, but if you need it to hold back piled up snow, you'd want 30 or higher.
Would the 30 gauge work for covering carpet in a boat or an rv? Is it suitable to walk on?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The weight of the 30 gauge would work and you could walk on it, but it may be slippery depending on footwear and if the vinyl gets wet.
Frost river makes a map pocket for boating purposes. Problem is that it's to small for my maps. What guage vinyl do you suggest for said project..?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A lower gauge like 6, 8, 10, or 12 would work well.
Any idea what the best thickness is for a pool float?
A shopper on May 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We haven't tried to make one but a thinner gauge like 6 or 8 would likely work well because it's more flexible.
I am interested in making pants that could be worn snowboarding. What would be a good gauge for pants for the snow? Obviously there would warm pants under the vinyl :)
A shopper on Apr 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We wouldn't recommend using clear vinyl for pants because it is not at all breathable and would probably get sweaty and uncomfortable. Nylon fabric could work though we don't have any clear nylon!
I need a 40 gauge clear vinyl tablecloth that is 60" wide by 120 " Long to cover my outdoor table do you have 60" wide heavy gauge clear vinyl tablecloth ?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately our 40 gauge vinyl is 54" wide so it would not be good for your project. We do have a 6 gauge that is 72" here -
72" 6 Gauge Clear Vinyl - 15 Yards
I am looking for see -through vinyl with a thickness appropriate (gauge?) for over the top of a Christmas tree skirt. The tree is often approximately 75 lbs (Noble Fir) with a 3 prong stand to hold the tree that would sit on top of the vinyl.
A shopper on Mar 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A medium gauge like 16 or 20 would work. You can order samples if you want to see how thick these gauges are.
20 Gauge Clear Vinyl
20 Gauge Clear Vinyl
16 Gauge Clear Vinyl
16 Gauge Clear Vinyl
What gauge would be good for a raincoat?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Gauge 4 or 6 would be flexible enough for a raincoat.
How long is a 10 yard roll?
A shopper on Feb 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 30 feet
What's the best practice for attaching two pieces of vinyl to create wider spans? Is there a recommended adhesive? Any adhesives/solvents to avoid?
A shopper on Jan 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Vinyl can be sewn for a secure attachment. To waterproof, the stitching can be covered with clear tape. Tape alone may work in many applications. Rivets and tape are another option. We don't have a suggestion on a specific tape. If anyone has other successful methods or suggestions, we'd love to hear them!
Can I use a 20 gauge for my iguana enclosure? I have a wood frame of 2 by 4's.I dont need it to hold the iguana in, I will leave the bottom open with a swinging pet door, I just need it to hold a little of the heat from the heat lamps and some of the humidity from the humidifier..will it hold some of the heat, and humidity?
A shopper on Jan 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that should work.
Does sewing clear vinyl make it subject to Tearing along the perforations created?
A shopper on Nov 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We suggest using a longer stitch length to make it less likely to tear.
I want to make a garment rack cover to protect from rain since it stands by open window. What gauge would you recommend?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 6 or 8 gauge would work well.
I wish to make clear vinyl clothing like a catsuit. What thickness is best and stretches 4 way?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Clear vinyl doesn't stretch but gauge 4 would be the most flexible.
Would lining vinyl with silk organza help with the clinging and sticking of vinyl in clothing?
A shopper on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that should help. The vinyl may still stick to itself somewhat, but not to skin with a lining.
Sorry, I meant 60.
Is 60 the highest gauge?
Joan P on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, 60 gauge is the highest (heaviest) gauge we carry.
I want to make a vinyl cab with windows for my compact tractor and use this for the side and rear windows. What would you recommend?
A shopper on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 40 gauge is a good thickness for windows. The 30 and 60 will also work, depending on what sort of thickness you're looking for. We recommend ordering samples to see what will work best for you.
I bought two fabric hanging (storage) organizer compartment "things" that I will be putting clear vinyl "doors" on each compartement. Each compartment door will be sewn on the bottom front of each indivdual compartment and will velcro closed at the top of that compartment when shut. Each compartment is about 10" deep and will hold one pair of shoes. I need to know which guage of clear vinyl to buy. I think that somewhat heavier than lightweight is in order, but not sure which would be most app[ropriate. I want it to be flexible, but thick enough to hold it's shape. I was thinking 20 gauge to stand up to being oeopned and closed and hold it's sape over time. the doors are to keep the shoes in the box-like compartments when someone opens the closet door. It will hanging on the inside of the door, held flat with groomets at top and bottom, seured with bungee cord to over-the door hooks on the top and bottom of the door. What do you recommend? Thanks!
PATTY P on Nov 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Based on your description, it sounds like the 20 gauge is the right choice! You can order a sample if you want to confirm that it will work.
20 Gauge Clear Vinyl
20 Gauge Clear Vinyl
I’m making vinyl cat scratch guards for my sofa about 18” x 24” in size, attached with spiral pins. The vinyl should be thick but fold around corners. I can’t tell the gauge of the ready made ones in retail. What gauge would be best? Also trying to figure how they put an adhesive on one side?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2019
replacing vinyl windows in florida lanai. need 10 mil 54" rolls in smoked gray, clear and amber. What do you recommend?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2019
what gauge size is best for shoes and slippers?
A shopper on May 7, 2019