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25lsvwakesetter

Cleaning a Rankin Cover?

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25lsvwakesetter

Hey all,

Best way to clean and freshen up a Rankin Cover?

Suggestions/methods would be appreciated!

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obski

Some have suggested using an industrial washing machine and then treating with 303 Fabric Protectant.

I spread mine out in the driveway and pressure washed it. After it dried, I treated with the 303. Came out looking great.

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BB LSV

Nice, I was going to ask this same ? Thumbup.gif

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Pistol Pete

I've been washing my two covers in a 5 load commercial washer for a few years. Last year one of the seams came apart. I think this go 'round, I'm just gonna wash it by hand in a big trash barrel.

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radioman

I've been washing my two covers in a 5 load commercial washer for a few years. Last year one of the seams came apart. I think this go 'round, I'm just gonna wash it by hand in a big trash barrel.
thank you. that is how i have done it for years. my kids thought i was nuts.

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Pistol Pete

To add to that. My boat has been stored outside it's whole life. The cover gets dirty within a week or so after washing it. The only reason I actually wash it is at the beginning of the rainy season so that I can apply 303 waterproofer to it.

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Lieutenant Dan
To add to that. My boat has been stored outside it's whole life. The cover gets dirty within a week or so after washing it. The only reason I actually wash it is at the beginning of the rainy season so that I can apply 303 waterproofer to it.

How does that work out? How do you apply the 303?

I washed my "factory" cover with soapy water, then used a colloidal convertible top cleaner. It looked brand spanking new. So I used a garden sprayer and applied nearly a gallon of 303 Fabric Guard or whatever they call the stuff. I let it "cure" in the sun on my driveway all day. That evening, I spot tested for waterproofedness. The water just rolled off so I thought that I was good.

The next day, it poured like you know what. I swear that the 303 washed completely away. The cover gets soaked every time it rains as it I hadn't done a thing to it.

How have your results differed?

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Pistol Pete

I apply a gallon of 303 with a garden sprayer just like you. Luckily for me, it only rains out here for about 4 months of the year during the winter. I'm not kidding, it won't rain now until ~Oct. except for maybe one freak small shower. Anyway, the 303 is good but not bullet-proof. During winter lay-up, only, I install a second tarp over the fabric cover to keep the bulk of the rain off. I also have 4 Driz the air and 2 electronic dehumidifiers in the boat. I live in the mountains and when it rains, it rains hard.

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Bobby Light

I wouldn't use 303 as a waterproofer, it's not their claim to fame. It is good for UV protection though. You'd probably be better off with some sort of fabric waterproofer.

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WakeGirl

303 makes a specific product for canvas, I think that's what Pete is referring to.

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Pistol Pete

Yes,

I'm referring to 303 Fabric gaurd. It is what sunbrella recommends for keeping fabric waterproof.

This is it. This is not necessarily a good price.

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