Dura-Max™ is no ordinary vinyl. It is unmistakably the most flexible, durable, and puncture resistant vinyl available. This vinyl is clear and can be easily and permanently welded with HH-66 vinyl cement. Both sides of the sheets are highly polished to prevent veneer glue from adhering to the inside of the vacuum bag. The size options shown above are for single pieces of material. You may need two pieces of a given size to make a vacuum bag.
Dura-Max premium vinyl has a higher concentration of plasticizers than any other industrial vinyl. These placticizers are softening agents which keep the vinyl supple and formable. Raw VXP stabilizers are added to this vinyl, which make it highly resilient and wear resistant.
The Durabililty of Two-Ply
Dura-Max 30 gauge material is made from two layers of vinyl that are bonded together under intense heat and pressure to form an exceptionally durable film suitable for the stresses of vacuum bagging. This truly is bag material like no other.
Thickness: 30 Gauge (30 Mil)
Weldable: Yes (with HH-66)
In the interest of minimizing your shipping costs, we fold the vinyl material and place it in the box with the other items in your order. Some users are reporting that it is harder to work with the vinyl when it is folded so we now offer to ship it rolled up in a separate box. The additional charge for selecting "rolled" is to cover the additional shipping and packing costs. If the vinyl is the only item in your order, you do not have to select "rolled" since we would ship it that way anyhow.
Review by Martin Hawthorne
I got this vinyl as part of my 3rd order from Joewoodworker. The vinyl is much stronger and thicker than I expected. I suspect it will last a long, long time.
Review by Frank Jenna
I am a part time woodworker but a full time tinkerer. I was going to buy a premade vacuum system but I love building things on my own and this vacuum press was just what I needed. I built a bag that was 6' long and 2' wide with the vinyl here and it worked quite well. One thing I did notice is that you definitely have to "paint" the seams as Joe suggests in the article part he calls "the secret". This made a huge difference and now my bag is 150% air tight. Last night we did a curved panel for a small drawer front and the vinyl was did the job very nicely.
Review by Victor Cole
I ordered 3 yards to make a giant bag to press veneer to a large table top. I am really happy with the vinyl. It s thick and heavy but it rolls up easily for storage.
Review by Benjamin Batilidge
This is excellent vinyl material. After I built the bag and assembled the press, I tried it out on a long curved piece for the top of an arched headboard (on a bed). The vinyl did the job with no problems whatsoever. And even after being on pressure for almost 8 hours, it showed no sign of kinks or stretches. A+
Review by Robert Hanon
Received vinyl 2 days after ordering... that's fast! Arrived well packed and ready to go. This vinyl is as thick as listed and weighs more than I thought. This is definitely heavy duty. I cant wait to get started.
Review by Bernie Miller
Great stuff. Very thick and appears to be nearly puncture-proof and its alot cheaper than polyurethane. AAA+++
Review by JC Daughtery
We build three of Joe's vacuum systems for use around our shop. So far, we have also built 6 bags ranging in size from 2'x4' to 5'x10'. This is really great vinyl. We use the bags nearly every day...either as a work related job or just one of our employees staying late to do some personal veneer work. After so much use, the bags have held up wonderfully. They take a lickin and keep on tickin!
Review by Carvis Undelvia
We made 2 bags with this vinyl and have used them everyday in our 12,000 sqr ft shop for almost 4 months. So far, everything works like new. No holes have developed and the material is still as flexible as ever. We just ordered another 5 yards to make out third bag which will be used to make a panel that is going into a multimillion dollar home in North Dakota.
Review by Bill Kunkel
I tried vinyl from my local fabric store (Joanne's) and had problems bonding it right away. Then I went to a upholstery outlet and bought more of the vinyl. After I made my first bag, I had problem with the platen puncturing it at the corners. Finally, I decided to try the vinyl here and it worked perfectly. This vinyl is thick (of course) but its also more resilient to sharp edges and folds. After I used the bag I made from this website about 15 times, I noticed that it had becaome much easier to roll up and store but it still hasnt punctured or leaked. Overall, I'm very happy with this vinyl over everything else I've tried. Its expensive though but you get what you pay for. Also wanted to add that Joe helped me out through a dozen emails when I was having trouble with the vinyl that I bought elsewhere. Now how often do you find someone williing to help out with a product that was purchased some place else? Ultimately, 90% of my vacuum parts came from this website. The funny thing is that the 10% (2 parts) that I bought elsewhere are the ones the have not worked the way I had hoped.
Review by Joe Imanino
So far we have made 6 bags with Joe's vinyl. It is excellent material for vacuum bagging. Now that we have a bag for every shape imaginable, we are building our 3rd vacuum press based on Joe's instructions. Our full time cabinet shop runs Joe's press about 7 times per week. These bags (and the press) hold up to some serious torture without fail. Very highly recommended. You wont find vinyl this good anywhere else.
Review by Howard Wilmot
Following Joe's easy instructions, I made an absolutely air-tight 4'x6' bag on the first try!
Review by Harold Meurie
My bag came out perfect! This is thick material. I expect this vinyl is thicker than 30 gauge buy who's complaining?
Review by Reggie Rupert
Finally, someone who has decent bagging material. I built my first bag with Joes instructions at a whopping 4' x 16'. I used the bag several times with some pretty rough substrates. It holds up very well. My last two bags were pre-fabbed by machine and leaked after a month or so of pressings. So far, this bag has held up and still looks new. I am vert satisfied with the Duramax vinyl and will be buying more for a medium size bag soon.
Review by Hyoi Yamushiro
This is a good vinyl for vacuum bagging veneer. My press is custom from this website and my vacuum bag is very large. I have made very many tables with my system and the bags are still working super. BUY SOME NOW!
Review by Jesse Hines
This is great stuff. It is more flexible than I thought 30 gauge vinyl could be but ...wow... its thick and durable. I have been using my vacuum bag for 6 months and it still works like new. Joe's instructions are great and building a vacuum bag is a piece of cake. I've built 4 bags so far so I can have a nice size bag for my odd ball projects. But you only need one big bag to do all of your work. Joe's website explains why.
Review by JR Hart
I bought 3 yards to build a custom bag that turned out very well. This is indeed industrial vinyl unlike the cheapo pre-made bags that (edited) are selling. Just remember, this is flexible sheet vinyl not a ready made bag. For me, this was perfect because I wanted a bag that was not available pre-made. The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. This stuff is worth it!
Review by Barry Trillio
I was cleaning out my desk today and found the invoice for the vinyl material that I purchased at JoeWoodworker last year. Since the bag is holding up so well, I think it deserves my review. The Duramax vinyl is probably the best vinyl on the market. I bought 6 yards of it in June of 2003. A year later, and over 200 uses later, the bag is still holding up and has not yet developed any holes. Its remarkable because our last vacuum bag lasted about 3 months (maybe 30 pressings) and began to leak which we promptly fixed. But then the bag began to leak everytime we used it. The Duramax vinyl was a bit stiff when we first got it. I remember my helper building the bag and we were thinking that the vinyl was too stiff to use. After each use, the material got softer and more flexible. Now its so soft that we just roll it up when not in use. Its so easy to work with that we dont even worry about leaking anymore. If it did leak now, I'd gladly buy more. In a production shop like ours, seeing a "soft" tool last more than a half year is a miracle. This vinyl well exceeds everything we could even hope for.
Review by Miles U.
I'm very satisfied with the vinyl. Its quite thick and very flexible... exactly what I was looking for. No complaints at all.