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4 Weeks Ago 08:29 PM
RichH
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.
4 Weeks Ago 07:32 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Cleaning Dodger

For the glass, I'm a fan of Plexus. Works nicely on hatch and port light glass too. Two-fer.
4 Weeks Ago 02:59 PM
pdqaltair
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.
4 Weeks Ago 01:19 PM
eherlihy
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.

DISCLAIMER: No interest in either company or product, other than as a consumer.

I hope this helps!
04-09-2011 06:23 AM
lancelot9898 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.
04-09-2011 06:16 AM
Minnewaska 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.
04-09-2011 06:07 AM
chef2sail
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Just to be clear, I assume there is glass on your dodger? That shouldn't be scrubbed with anything, especially if it is strataglass -Minnewasaka
When my wife made our dodger/ bimini and side panels she sewed in Stratglass. It is great, very clear and almost like a real glass window. It does however take a little extra care. I am sure what Minnewaska was saying here was clean your glass in a special manner especially if it is Strataslass. use of the special cleaner, wax, SOFT COTTON cloths and lots of water are importatnt. And then the polishing really keeps it looking new all the time. Different quality glasses use diferent products. Best advice I can give is wash you windows with water as much as possible and cover when not in use. Especially the dodger

Below are the instructions from IMAR and Strataglass as how to clean and polish it

Flush thoroughly to cool the surface and rinse away environmental abrasives. Wash with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate, or other equally gentle and high quality soap. Do not use Simple Green, Or pine or any other harsh cleaner - they will dull the surface. Apply the soapy water to the clear vinyl section of the curtain with special purpose washing mitt or soft cotton cloths. Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution with fresh water and completely dry the curtains with a high quality chamois. (Swobbit.com makes several tools to make these tasks easier.) Your clear vinyl curtains should be washed whenever your boat is washed. After washing the curtains, apply IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish sparingly with small, light circular motions using a soft cotton cloth. Allow the polish to dry and then remove with a clean soft cotton cloth. Finally, lightly buff to a sparkling shine. Done. For routine maintenance between polishing, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. Insure the clear vinyl panels are free of abrasives. Very lightly mist a soft cotton cloth. Lightly and briskly rub a manageable sized area and then lightly buff dry with another clean cloth. Done

Dave
04-09-2011 05:10 AM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by sailjunkie View Post
....The PO of our boat wasn't sure what fabric the dodger was made of, but I'm guessing Sunbrella......
There several knockoffs, so no way to guess. Although, I'm not sure it will impact the input you've received.

Just to be clear, I assume there is glass on your dodger? That shouldn't be scrubbed with anything, especially if it is strataglass. Eisenglass can theoretically be polished if scratched.
04-09-2011 12:02 AM
sailjunkie Many thanks to everyone for the great suggestions.

Faster, I particularly appreciate the link to Sunbrella's web site. The PO of our boat wasn't sure what fabric the dodger was made of, but I'm guessing Sunbrella.

I'll let everyone know how it turns out.
04-08-2011 05:54 PM
chef2sail Woolite.... then 303....space age protectant for the windows ( IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish)

Dave
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