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Bimini top care

Just acquired a new to me Cape Dory 30 cutter with bimini and dodger and am wondering what you all would recommend for the care and maintenance of the same. Especially the plastic windows. I have heard you can really mess up the clarity of these windows by taking the wrong approach.

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Just acquired a new to me Cape Dory 30 cutter with bimini and dodger and am wondering what you all would recommend for the care and maintenance of the same. Especially the plastic windows. I have heard you can really mess up the clarity of these windows by taking the wrong approach.

Thanks very much,

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First find out if it’s Isenglass or Strataglass. Either on the two IMAR products below are the best too use

Take great care to just use fresh water each trip out to initially rinse the windows as any salt will scratch or cloud them if rubbed.

Only use clean micro towels on the glass, not cotton or paper.

One you clean with the cleaner polish with the polish. It fills in the pores and acts like rainex. We reapply polish a couple times during a 8 month sailing season

https://www.sailrite.com/Imar-Strata...iAAEgKCPfD_BwE

https://www.sailrite.com/Imar-Strata...ective-Cleaner

I assume you have sunbrella fabric.
Again fresh water
Mild detergent if necessary

https://www.sailrite.com/303-Fabric-Guard-16oz

Apply the 303 liberally. Soak the fabric. Usually lasts at least one year.
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303 spray on the Sunbrella after it's built in waterproofing starts to go. New Sunbrella doesn't need it. If you notice the bottom side of the canvas getting wet in the rain, it's time to put on the 303. And as already stated, the windows get cleaners specifically made for plastic. Never glass cleaner. Also if you spray for bugs, etc, be very careful not to get the spray or any other petroleum products on the windows.
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303 spray on the Sunbrella after it's built in waterproofing starts to go. New Sunbrella doesn't need it. If you notice the bottom side of the canvas getting wet in the rain, it's time to put on the 303. And as already stated, the windows get cleaners specifically made for plastic. Never glass cleaner. Also if you spray for bugs, etc, be very careful not to get the spray or any other petroleum products on the windows.
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Re: Bimini top care

I've been in the canvas biz 30+ years. The above is correct.

The only thing I'd add is to NOT use Rain-X. I am starting to repair/replace windows that have been treated with Rain-X. I'm not sure how the trend started, but it's very good job security for me.
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I hope I didn’t imply to use Rainex.....use the IMAR only.
Good tip on knowing when it’s time to waterproof the Sunbrella. OP course doesn’t have brand new canvas.


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