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Old 04-17-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Question UV protection

Other than a cover, does anyone know of a product to protect the fiberglass from yellowing? I am thinking that there might be a marine product that keeps yachts white.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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Check out 303 Aerospace Protectant, especially the reviews on Amazon. It's all I've ever used on my 19. Love the stuff.

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Check out 303 Aerospace Protectant, especially the reviews on Amazon. It's all I've ever used on my 19. Love the stuff.

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It says "SPF 40" on the front of the bottle.
How exactly are you applying it? We have a pole with a pad to reach the middle of the roof. Maybe there is a better way.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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Check out 303 Aerospace Protectant, especially the reviews on Amazon. It's all I've ever used on my 19. Love the stuff.

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I use this on my trailer and the the 3 dirtbikes and one quad we have as well as any plastic on my truck including the tires and wheels..........etc, etc, etc.!!!!!!!

An excellent product.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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It says "SPF 40" on the front of the bottle.
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OK, now go to 17. Do car waxes provide real UV protection?
and draw your own conclusion.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:01 AM   #6
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I use an 8' step ladder and lean in carefully, not putting too much weight on the roof.

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This is from Wikipedia:

Many marine craft and aircraft are manufactured using composite materials with an outer layer of gelcoat, typically 0.5 mm to 0.8 mm (0.02 in to 0.03 in) thick. Gelcoats are designed to be durable, providing resistance to ultraviolet degradation and hydrolysis.


I just use a wash/wax solution ( Simonize ) several times a year. The only way to tell if some other product is better would be to park two trailers outside for thirty years, using one product on one and another product on the other.
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303 isn't a wax.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #9
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I have used the 303 since reading about it on the Wenonah canoe website - they recommend it for their fiberglass and Kevlar canoes. I still mostly use NuFinish wax on the fiberglas of our 17B, but use the 303 on everything plastic.

On our Tacoma, I have tried lots of "protectant" stuff on the plastic pieces like the bumper covers and mirrors and the 303 outlasts them by a long margin. I may start using it on all the fiberglass of our trailer too as it is so much easier to apply than the wax and seems to last much longer.

What convinced me to keep our tailer waxed/303'd is seeing older fiberglass trailers across the country that look like chalk.
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Do you remove any wax prior to applying 303, so that it bonds to the gelcoat?
I have Nu Finish that I didn't use because:

We recommend that you do not have a previous coating of wax on the car prior to applying any car polish. You won’t harm your car’s finish by applying Nu Finish over a coating of wax. In order to achieve maximum results, a polish or wax needs to adhere directly to the paint. Applying a product over the pre-existing coating of wax will not allow the polish or wax to work properly. Carnauba wax breaks down relatively quickly so once the surface is clear of a coating of wax, you will be able to apply Nu Finish Car Polish to achieve your best results.

So, do you wax over the 303? Or vice-versa? Or no wax?
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