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Old 11-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Aerospace 303: help?

OK, I'm convinced 303 is the UV protect any I want to start using but I'm finding two products and can't tell the difference. Looks like all "303's" are not created equal. Which one is used most, 30313 with the white label or 30350 with the dark blue label? The later is a couple bucks more expensive.

On the subject, anybody also use their spray cleaner or detailer?

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They changed the labels recently. It almost looks like the numbers after 303 have something to do with size of the container -- at least it looks like that on Amazon? The fabric version is a different formula, but I THINK all the "regular" 303's are the same.

I use it on anything not fiberglass on trailer. I wanted to use it on the trailer itself, but I wrote to them and they said since I had already used wax on it that I would have to remove the wax or wait for it all to wear off, or the 303 wouldn't penetrate it.
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Good to know about starting with a "virgin" trailer surface. The website I was looking to use had both bottles shown in 32oz. That's what caused me to hold off. I have plenty of armorall and tire shine stuff, don't need another half gallon. After 18 months, even stored inside, I've noticed the graphics starting to dull a little and want to get on it now.
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OK, I'm convinced 303 is the UV protect any I want to start using but I'm finding two products and can't tell the difference. Looks like all "303's" are not created equal. Which one is used most, 30313 with the white label or 30350 with the dark blue label? The later is a couple bucks more expensive.

On the subject, anybody also use their spray cleaner or detailer?

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Yeah, its unfortunate that 303 got bought by Gold Eagle, and they slapped the 303 branding on several of their products. But, the two which remain original and unchanged are the Aerospace protectant and the Fabric guard. Their uses are obvious based on their name.

As for using it on the trailer, a good quality wax designed for gel coat is a better choice. I recommend StarBrite. Use the Aerospace protectant on everything that ISN'T gelcoat - like vent covers. Use the fabric guard on the awning, and you're all set.
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I thought that the Aerospace 303 was supposed to be a very good choice for fiberglass? They claim it penetrates INTO the gel coat and helps restore and protect it?

I first found out about it because Wenonah canoe recommends it for all their fiberglass and kevlar canoes as the best protection available. It sure did a great job on the used kevlar canoe I bought that was UV damaged.
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I thought that the Aerospace 303 was supposed to be a very good choice for fiberglass? They claim it penetrates INTO the gel coat and helps restore and protect it?

I first found out about it because Wenonah canoe recommends it for all their fiberglass and kevlar canoes as the best protection available. It sure did a great job on the used kevlar canoe I bought that was UV damaged.
If the gel coat is oxidized or chalky, 303 does an outstanding job of bringing it back to life, and preventing further oxidation. But, its not a wax, and it will not give you the hard shell gloss that a quality wax will. If you keep the rig waxed regularly, oxidation will not occur in the first place. For external plastics or other materials that tend to yellow or oxidize, using 303 will prevent it. I use it on the tires too, and it prevents browning without that yucky wet shine caused by tire dressings. Lasts longer too.
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I have 5+ years on my 19, I started and continued with 303 and it still looks like new. I'm very happy with it. I even hit the tires once a year -- they still look like new.

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I have 5+ years on my 19, I started and continued with 303 and it still looks like new. I'm very happy with it. I even hit the tires once a year -- they still look like new.

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Good point -- if you start out with it, it will preserve the finish. I just prefer the higher gloss achieved with a wax.
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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.
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I'm shying away from marine wax. I used it on 2 lightly oxidized Casitas and it was a major SOB to run off, even with a polisher.
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