Through the application of specialized coatings, fabric can be altered to change the look , feel and function of its use. Coated fabrics are available that increase the fabric’s resistance to flames, water, UV, mildew and wicking. Other coatings are used to adjust light transmittance, allow graphics acceptance and to make vinyl fabric appear to be canvas. Coating thicknesses increase the durability and resistance to tearing, discoloration or deformation of the product. Changes in texture and gloss or flat finishes are also achieved with coatings.