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That's about right, Chef. I have strataglass on my dodger as well. Scratch or scuff it and you're out of luck, since it is made with an outer protective layer. Riggers scratched mine last year and would not fess up. Really disappointing.
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On the sunbrella I use woolite with cold water and a sponge and rinse well. I let dry and then apply Amada Aquablock Waterproofer sold my Defender. It's cheaper than the 303 product and has worked well for me in the past.
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Re: Cleaning Dodger

I had soot streaks running down from the Strataglass windows on my new dodger that were driving me nuts;



The guy that built the dodger and bimini suggested that I use Iosso Mold and Mildew Stain Remover to clean my dodger.
Further, he suggested buying a kiddie pool, and mixing about 6 gallons of Iosso (two 12 oz jars), and soaking the dodger in it. I now live in a condo, and I am too cheap, so frankly, that ain't gonna happen.

What I did was bring the dodger home, and today I put it into the tub, and sprayed it down with the shower massage. I then mixed up a quart (1 scoop) of Iosso and hot water, and I scrubbed it down with a sponge. I then hosed it off. (If my wife finds out she'll KILL me.) I then brought it to the garage and hung it from the rafters to let it dry.

So far the dodger looks good!

For the glass, I use Imar Strataglass Protective Cleaner #301 (in the spray bottle) for periodic cleaning.
When there is a hazy spot that won't come clean with the spray, I use the Imar Protective Polish #302 to buff it out.

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I hope this helps!
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Re: Cleaning Dodger

a. Practical Sailor published a review of products for buffing out older vinyl. To my great surprise, some work reasonably well, and the results seem to last IF you keep up with wax ~ 3 months. But you can't remove any scratch you can feel. All of the systems worker reasonably well; good results come from good technique and effort. And they do work on coated products; you basically buff long enough to remove the coating. And after that, I'll repeat, you are committed to waxing or they will fog.

b. I've had panels out for years, and mostly what everyone has said is true. 303 for the canvas and Inmar for the glass. However, Star Brite View Guard is posting some very strong marks 3 years into the testing; a much better cleaner and no damage. Many products are failures, or simply not as good as those 2. Eisen Shine is also very good. But it will be at least another year before anything is published. Always some surprises.
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Re: Cleaning Dodger

For the glass, I'm a fan of Plexus. Works nicely on hatch and port light glass too. Two-fer.
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Re: Cleaning Dodger

For cleaning Sunbrella, the manufacturer recommends 303 Fabric CLEANER .... then 303 Fabric GUARD to restore water repellency.

303 Fabric CLEANER works well for all 'outdoor' fabrics, including ski clothing, cotton duck canvass, etc.
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