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Old 11-09-2014, 09:35 PM   #21
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I have been using 303 on plastic stuff for some time now, but have been less than impressed with the shine it gives on my fiberglass trailer. I will stick with wax for now.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:37 PM   #22
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Not meant to give any shine. It's a matt finish. We want the anti-UV value.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:46 PM   #23
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Not meant to give any shine. It's a matt finish. We want the anti-UV value.
Exactly. My 19' has such a great shine to it, I don't need to dullen it by using 303 on it. Especially when there are other wax products that work very well.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:09 AM   #24
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My trailer is kept clean after trips and stored inside so it still has a nice factory shine. The fading of the graphics can happen fairly quickly particularly with red. My second Casita was stored under a roof with the south side facing the sun daily. The finish and graphics were totally shot while the other side looked brand new. Sun can do a quick number on fiberglass.

My 303 order went out today. If Amazon/UPS is quick, I can look forward to getting this project done on Saturday. I'm curious about the BTS protectorant but heck, 303 will get 'er done nicely (enough).

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Old 11-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #25
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The fading of the graphics can happen fairly quickly particularly with red
You're right, and that's a sign that the graphic film manufacturer didn't use lightfast pigments. Most reds can be produced with oxides instead of the more vivid pigments like pthalos, but the manufacturer decided for whatever reason not to use them. Sure enough, once a little UV light hits the non-oxide pigment, it begins to fade. A few years back they painted the brand new San Antonio Public Library with a non-lightfast red, and within 6 months the building turned pink. The contractor had to repaint it at their own expense.

303 is a great choice for the red graphics. It won't eliminate eventual fading of a non-lightfast color, but it will drastically reduce it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:36 AM   #26
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From my experience, if the gel gloss is shiny to start with the 303 will keep it that way.

The mat-like finish is more what I got from using it on our very oxidized kevlar canoe when we bought it. It had been in a shed with one side exposed to the sun for years, and the green was VERY faded on that side.
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:40 PM   #27
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After reading comments, I thought I'd try the BTS protectant. After all, I'm try to protect my nice shiny trailer, might as well start with a protectant that compliments it. We'll see how it works. Good reviews from the boating community. I'll also give a whirl on my hot tub and the resin skirting.

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Old 11-10-2014, 07:19 PM   #28
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I like the idea that 303 actually penetrates in and keeps the gel coat like new, when used from the start, rather than a coating of wax on the surface. But I'm stuck with wax now that I started with it, as I'm not ambitious enough to somehow take all the wax off, nor do I want to leave it unprotected waiting for the wax to wear off.

I've also read that 303 helps keep headlight lens covers from yellowing and getting cloudy. I've been using it on our new car, so we'll see.
We have never used wax so no problem with the 303.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:52 PM   #29
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My trailer is kept clean after trips and stored inside so it still has a nice factory shine. The fading of the graphics can happen fairly quickly particularly with red. My second Casita was stored under a roof with the south side facing the sun daily. The finish and graphics were totally shot while the other side looked brand new. Sun can do a quick number on fiberglass.

My 303 order went out today. If Amazon/UPS is quick, I can look forward to getting this project done on Saturday. I'm curious about the BTS protectorant but heck, 303 will get 'er done nicely (enough).

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Bow to Stern protectant was mentioned a few times in this tread and was wondering if those who used it can still recommend it? I am considering making the switch. I believe that it can also be used on the awning as well as other surfaces. Thanks, Bob
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