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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

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$75 for a gallon of 303 is better than the thousands needed for a new enclosure with sunbrella and eisenglass.
...summarises things very well.
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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

303 is great stuff, the Aerospace Protectant is equally excellent.
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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

We've used it before, and had some trouble getting an even coverage. Our current dodger could probably use the treatment so I'd be interested in the consensus on the best technique.. ie spray, roller, brush, etc.. Any reason not to do it in place if it's clean?

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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

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I gave my canvas bimini only one coat of 303 (I only had a 16 fl oz bottle), but I have a gallon coming at xmas with a visitor. They don't sell 303 in Brazil. I'm planning on spraying the bimini with another coat then. I'm still curious about how long it holds up in the tropical sun and rain. I suppose re-spraying once a year isn't so bad, but it's a lot of work to remove the canvas, wash it, spray it and put it up again. If anyone has any long-term experience with 303, I'd love to hear about it.

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Foam roller over spray bottle, better control and application. My wife literally paints it on and rubs it INTO the fabric.

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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

Ron, I don't see why you can't treat your dodger in place, providing it's clean and dry. Check out the manufacturer's video on youtube for the correct method of applying 303.


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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

303 is great stuff. Only caution is, if you have very light colored fabric and it isn't perfectly clean, the 303 will make stains or dirt more obvious.

I've recently heard of using it on the dinghy, which I never considered. Think I will try it this year.


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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

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303 is great stuff. Only caution is, if you have very light colored fabric and it isn't perfectly clean, the 303 will make stains or dirt more obvious.

I've recently heard of using it on the dinghy, which I never considered. Think I will try it this year.
NO!!!!! There are TWO products. 303 HTFG should not make any changes to the color of your canvas once dry.. 303 Aerospace will change the color!!

303 High Tech Fabric Guard


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303 Aerospace Protectant


These two products are not interchangeable and 303 Aerospace should not be used on a dodger. 303 HTFG should not hurt a dinghy but won't do much other than drain your wallet 303 Aerospace on the dinghy does help...

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NO!!!!! There are TWO products. 303 HTFG should not make any changes to the color of your canvas once dry.. 303 Aerospace will change the color!!......

These two products are not interchangeable and 303 Aerospace should not be used on a dodger. 303 HTFG should not hurt a dinghy but won't do much other than drain your wallet 303 Aerospace on the dinghy does help...
I use the HTFG, but it will accentuate any staining. I didn't mean to imply it would cause staining.

Thanks for clearing up the rumor I heard of 303 on the dinghy.


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Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!

Watch it when ordering as there's Fabric Guard, and Protectant. They are different products. The latter is for protecting plastics etc against the sun and it's an excellent product too.

Recently ordered Fabric Guard when I wanted Protectant, never mind it'll come in handy.

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No reason not to apply it in place. I have used it for years on an old Mercedes SL convertible top - dark brown German cloth type. I just wash the top in usual manner, then spray one 16oz bottle on it once a year. I do cover all of the surrounding surfaces just in case, but no big deal. The current top is about 15 years old and looks new, although it doesn't get the exposure it would on a boat. I just learned here that it comes in gallons - good news, as I am doing my cockpit cushions, sunbrella fabrics, etc. over the winter.

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