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Waterproofing Factory Cover?


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Hello All,

Any advice on the best solution for waterproofing the gray factory cover?  Mine is a few years old and due for some TLC.

Thanks!

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7 hours ago, Eagleboy99 said:

303® Fabric Guard 

The stuff works.

Think about an Evolution cover......  planning is always smarter than panic.

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electricjohn

303 for sure.  Still using my original cover, every day, all summer,  on my moored boat.

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What about mildew stains? Not the whole cover but certain areas. Upset my dealer didn’t care for my new boat like I would expect over winter. Is there another 303 product for cleaning the cover?

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3 hours ago, Outlaw said:

What about mildew stains? Not the whole cover but certain areas. Upset my dealer didn’t care for my new boat like I would expect over winter. Is there another 303 product for cleaning the cover?

Find another place to store next time.  303 Marine Mold & Mildew Cleaner + Blocker  works.

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13 hours ago, Outlaw said:

What about mildew stains? Not the whole cover but certain areas. Upset my dealer didn’t care for my new boat like I would expect over winter. Is there another 303 product for cleaning the cover?

Lay it out and clean it, scrub or power washer.  Get rid of the mold/mildew with soap or another cleaning solution.  Then a little TLC with 303 products and you should be good to go.

If it was stored outside, exposed to the elements, it is Mother Nature and not your dealer who is in control.  If you paid for inside storage that is a different matter entirely.

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FYI- I went to buy the 303 and my local dealer (Bake's Marine) recommended buying the Starbrite product instead.  They said it is exactly the same but about half the price.  I will let you know how it works.

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3 hours ago, Chappy said:

FYI- I went to buy the 303 and my local dealer (Bake's Marine) recommended buying the Starbrite product instead.  They said it is exactly the same but about half the price.  I will let you know how it works.

I’ve got a gallon in the garage of starbrite too and will be treating my cover this spring. I’ll report back too. 

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You can use woolite and a commercial sized washer at a laundromat on gentle cycle to clean the cover as well.    Use 303, Starbrite, or west marine brand waterproofer with PTEF.   I've used the West Marine brand and it compares with the other two.    

 

Get a gallon of it.  Put it in a pump sprayer.  Lay your cover in the driveway.  Spray enough waterproofer to change the color of the cover(so you know its damp with the waterproofer).  Let it dry.  Apply 1-2 more coats this way to make sure it is adequately covered.   The first time I did it, I didn't do it this way and missed spots.  Plus if you do 2-3 coats, you get better all around waterproofing.

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I started treating my new cover for the new boat last weekend but ran out before the wet and snow arrived.  II was using 303 fabric guard, and it does work well.  I've used it on all our boats over the years with good success.  I ran out and ordered more but it didn't arrive before the snow.  

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electricjohn
On 4/20/2021 at 5:37 AM, ahopkinsVTX said:

I’ve got a gallon in the garage of starbrite too and will be treating my cover this spring. I’ll report back too. 

Looking forward to that.

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Question - Does the 303 treatment help to keep the cover clean at all?  My boat is on a lift under a pretty good sized roof - water proofing is not really a requirement for me, but the cover gets really dirty.  I use a blower on it before uncovering, but I still think that I am transferring dirt / grime to the inside of the cover as I fold the cover up when uncovering the boat.

I need to give mine a good wash and am looking for a better solution to help keep it clean.

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15 minutes ago, amartin said:

Question - Does the 303 treatment help to keep the cover clean at all?  My boat is on a lift under a pretty good sized roof - water proofing is not really a requirement for me, but the cover gets really dirty.  I use a blower on it before uncovering, but I still think that I am transferring dirt / grime to the inside of the cover as I fold the cover up when uncovering the boat.

I need to give mine a good wash and am looking for a better solution to help keep it clean.

No.  I have waterproofed my cover and I keep my boat on a covered lift.  My cover is usually pretty dirty by summers end if I don't clean it, which I don't until the end of summer or beginning of the season.  I put my cover on if I know it is going to rain since my cover doesn't stop rain coming in the sides.

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5 hours ago, amartin said:

Question - Does the 303 treatment help to keep the cover clean at all?  My boat is on a lift under a pretty good sized roof - water proofing is not really a requirement for me, but the cover gets really dirty.  I use a blower on it before uncovering, but I still think that I am transferring dirt / grime to the inside of the cover as I fold the cover up when uncovering the boat.

I need to give mine a good wash and am looking for a better solution to help keep it clean.

Got to clean stuff to keep it clean.  Magic dust is just a hoax.

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