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copacabana 12-01-2012 06:36 AM

Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
I removed all the canvas from the cockpit to prepare for painting. Since it was off, I decided to bring it home to give it all a good washing (most was pretty dirty) and a spraying with 303 Fabric Guard. I followed the instructions to a "T" and all I can say is ....wow! The water beads on the canvas like mercury! It's amazing- the water simply will not penetrate the sprayed fabric. Does anyone else have experience with 303? I was wondering how often it has to be re-applied. The manufacturer says every year.

capttb 12-01-2012 06:50 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
Did my dodger last year and it needs it again, it's about 10 years old and seems to be getting pretty "thin".

copacabana 12-01-2012 06:57 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
Capttb, do you have to redo your dodger again because it's no longer repelling water?

F15EWSO 12-01-2012 07:42 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
big fan of the stuff, buy the gallon size and apply with small foam roller for painting. works great

copacabana 12-01-2012 08:47 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
F15EWSO, do you find you have to re-apply it every year? I'm just wondering how long it lasts.

Maine Sail 12-01-2012 09:10 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by copacabana (Post 955433)
I removed all the canvas from the cockpit to prepare for painting. Since it was off, I decided to bring it home to give it all a good washing (most was pretty dirty) and a spraying with 303 Fabric Guard. I followed the instructions to a "T" and all I can say is ....wow! The water beads on the canvas like mercury! It's amazing- the water simply will not penetrate the sprayed fabric. Does anyone else have experience with 303? I was wondering how often it has to be re-applied. The manufacturer says every year.

This is why Gel Raven Mills recommends ONLY 303 HTFG for use on Sunbrella. They have tested just about all the products out there and 303 HTFG stands head and shoulders above the rest... Some products sold for this application will actually degrade the fabric and ruin it. 303 HTFG extends the life..

capttb 12-01-2012 09:27 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
We haven't had enough rain yet for it to leak outright, but it's like an old canvas tent in that if you touched it on the inside when wet it would drip.

F15EWSO 12-01-2012 09:40 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by copacabana (Post 955468)
F15EWSO, do you find you have to re-apply it every year? I'm just wondering how long it lasts.

Copacabana,
we bought the boat after it sat for nearly two years, would guesstimate the canvas enclosure at approx 10 yrs old. When we got the boat the canvas was just a sieve for the rain, would break up drops into mist (exaggerating a bit). Two coats of the 303 and it saved us from buying a new enclosure; putting that off as we hemmorage $$ elsewhere. Applied the 303 in August, here 1 December I'm in Port St Lucie and it is raining and it is still beading, not as good as fresh application but beading. Just bought another gallon and will apply in the next few weeks to continue the "build up" of product. I don't know if I answered your question but $75 for a gallon of 303 is better than the thousands needed for a new enclosure with sunbrella and eisenglass.

copacabana 12-01-2012 10:20 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
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.

Cheers!

jrd22 12-01-2012 10:36 AM

Re: Thumbs up for 303 Fabric Guard!
 
Thanks for the recommendation, I hadn't heard about 303. I have our stack pack cover off to clean so I'll treat it with 303 before it goes back on.


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