Twice a year, we religiously apply “sunscreen” to our boat stuff – anything rubber or plastic on the boat gets a good cleaning followed by a healthy application of 303 Aerospace Protectant. Our fantastic plastic sit on top kayaks, the hypalon dinghy, the radar dome, the dorades, anything that could possibly benefit from blocking the sun’s intense UV rays. And it’s great on the vinyl seats in the ski boat as well – our 11 year old ski boat looks almost new.
Now we have the travel trailer. In reading how to maintain the trailer, one of the first things recommended was to apply a coat of 303 Aerospace Protectant to the roof of the trailer. The roof is made of TPI, a type of rubber; but there are other things on the trailer roof as well – two skylights, the air conditioner, two fantastic fan covers and the HD TV antenna to name a few. Then it occurs to me probably the propane tank covers and battery boxes would probably benefit from it as well. And the awnings, although I’m not sure how I’ll reach them to apply it. I’ll have to think on that one.
So yesterday after we returned from camping, I climbed up on the roof to give it a good rinse and scrub (best not to apply 303 over dirt). I’m guessing this will be the cleanest our little trailer roof will ever be! Then slathered on the sunscreen – this bottle was only half full and I was able to do the entire trailer roof and have a bit left over for the kayaks. Here’s the manufacturer’s description: We usually buy it on Amazon – sometimes we find it in marine or camping stores, but the price is usually higher. Out of the country, we had to take it with us since I think we found it once in six years outside the USA.
“303 Aerospace Protectant was originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, it’s a premium surface treatment that instantly beautifies and provides superior protection against harmful UV rays. Great for use on colored gel-coat fiberglass, inflatable boats, vinyl, clear vinyl (isinglass) windows, rubber plastics and leather. Easy to use, spray-on and wipe dry. Treated surfaces repel dirt, soiling, staining, water spots, salt water and mildew.”
So don’t forget the sunscreen! And the best we’ve found, time and sun UV tested, is 303 Aerospace Protectant! Now to decide how to protect the sides of this trailer. Right now it shines like new …. maybe because it is new. And we want it to stay that way, so we’ll have to figure out if we should wax the fiberglass, use more 303 or use ZEP Wet Look Floor Polish (seems a bit strange) but other trailer owners that are using it, highly recommend it. A bit more research is required – maybe even a call to the manufacturer to find out the best product to use — should we wax or try this ZEP stuff…..
Anyone have other product they like equally well? How about for the sides of the trailer? Any recommendations?