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Davo
05-23-2005, 05:25 PM
I had been using the Starbrite Vinyl Polish and Cleaner... http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&productId=14000

I thought that this product was a protector also, BUT I have some cracking at the seams. So, maybe I was wrong. I need to try a dedicated protector. I've heard good things about the 303. West Marine has Starbrite Vinyl protectant and a West Marine version....

What should I get and where do I get it?

USC8791
05-23-2005, 05:28 PM
Get 303. Easy to use and does a nice job. I've used it on my last two boats and had no problems. I buy mine at West Marine.

jsonova99
05-23-2005, 05:28 PM
If you can find Collonite leather/vinyl wax, it's the best thing going. I don't know where you can get it because it seems to be a pretty small sale operation but I've been using that stuff for years on all of my vehicles and it's great. They may have a website. I have to get my Dad to send me down another bottle from New Jersey which is where they started the business I believe. Just watch out, it will make your vinyl as slick as ice!

BriEOD
05-23-2005, 05:29 PM
I use AS 303.

ski_king
05-23-2005, 05:33 PM
Formula 303

But watch out for slippery seats!

Davo
05-23-2005, 05:34 PM
The 303 really does work good on vinyl? It says you can use it on so many different materials. That's the only thing that makes me wonder.

USC8791
05-23-2005, 05:35 PM
Works great! Put it on then wipe off the excess. No sticky residue left either.

Davo
05-23-2005, 05:36 PM
Sounds good.

BriEOD said "AS 303"...what is that?

jsonova99
05-23-2005, 05:37 PM
http://www.collinite.com/

Here's a link to the Collinite website, I really can't say enough about their whole line of wax products for auto and marine application.

Davo
05-23-2005, 05:37 PM
USC - does it keep the vinyl nice and soft and prevent the cracking?

Davo
05-23-2005, 05:40 PM
Jsonova - I looked at the Collinite website under Marine, which product are you using on the vinyl?

Thanks a lot fellas.

H20skeefreek
05-23-2005, 05:40 PM
Go with the 303, I get mine a West Marine too!!

The West Marine branded stuff is exactly the same as the Starbrite wink wink, If you aren't happy with starbrite, you won't be happy w/ the WM.

BriEOD
05-23-2005, 05:41 PM
Sounds good.

BriEOD said "AS 303"...what is that?

Aerospace Protectant 303. It's the same thing. Apparently 303 was designed intially for aircraft use and then rolled over to other applications. You can get 303 at West Marine, DIM, Overton's etc.

jsonova99
05-23-2005, 05:46 PM
Jsonova - I looked at the Collinite website under Marine, which product are you using on the vinyl?

Thanks a lot fellas.

The vinyl one is under automotive, but it says in the description that it is also for marine and airplane use.

Davo
05-23-2005, 05:50 PM
Gotcha, BriOED. I'm gonna stop in West Marine on my way home today. I've got to get something on there ASAP - it's killing me to see those cracks.

Jsonova - I see it now. I may order that for future use depending on the price tag.

Thanks again gents!
David

Tom023
05-23-2005, 05:51 PM
I don't know about Collinite vinyl products, but they do have them at Boat U.S. Collinite paste wax is the only wax I use on my boat, good stuff!

bret
05-23-2005, 06:25 PM
Vinylex from Lexol

http://www.paragon-products.com/product_p/lexol_vinylex.htm
http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/data/500/247master2.jpg

H20skeefreek
05-23-2005, 07:11 PM
is that actually a reflection of the pylon I see in the vinyl? wow, does it leave a residue?

USC8791
05-23-2005, 07:12 PM
So far. My boat is an '02.

WallenpaupackPA
05-23-2005, 07:12 PM
Hey Bret, I must say that for a 1-yr old boat, that condition would be admirable, but for an 11-yr old boat it is remarkable. And that's from a guy that is fanatical about maintaining his boat. Congratulations!

bret
05-23-2005, 07:20 PM
Thanks. No residue, no "ricer" shine just a low gloss, easy on the threads with no harsh chemicals. Yes, a reflection from the pylon but I took it out a few years back and put it in a friends lathe; it's polished.

Davo
05-23-2005, 10:53 PM
Looks great, Bret. How many hours do you have on that '94?

Mine's an '02 and we've put 425 hours on it so far!

bret
05-24-2005, 12:14 AM
467 as of last week. I had hand surgery in 97, twice, due to a crushed thumb and didn't get to ski until late 98. I probably average 50 hrs a year but missed those two years.

rem_pss308
05-24-2005, 12:28 AM
467 as of last week. I had hand surgery in 97, twice, due to a crushed thumb and didn't get to ski until late 98. I probably average 50 hrs a year but missed those two years.

Bret Are those the original Skins, or have you had it redone
If redone how old are they?

bret
05-24-2005, 12:37 AM
All original, purchased from Skiers Choice in Tulsa OK September 94. The dealer in AR, he and I had a difference of opinion on promo duties after that summer. I've used the Lexol products since 96 or so. The boat has two trophies from MC reunions; one in Hot Springs AR when Harold Page showed everyone what a show boat looked like and one from Lake Lewisville(sp?) in TX a couple of years later.

Davo
05-24-2005, 09:10 AM
Very nice!
I think I've used the Lexol for our leather car seats and it did work well.
Thanks for the input!

Cloaked
05-24-2005, 09:31 PM
All original, purchased from Skiers Choice in Tulsa OK September 94. The dealer in AR, he and I had a difference of opinion on promo duties after that summer. I've used the Lexol products since 96 or so. The boat has two trophies from MC reunions; one in Hot Springs AR when Harold Page showed everyone what a show boat looked like and one from Lake Lewisville(sp?) in TX a couple of years later.Nice looking machine Bret..... Very nice...

Tom Wortham
06-01-2005, 06:43 PM
Has anyone used a cleaner/protectant made by 3-M? I found a spray bottle in the Marine section at Wal Mart and thought I would try it. From the sounds of this thread... sounds like I will buy the "303" next time.... I have always heard good things about ALL 3-M products. Anyone have any issues with any 3-M products?

rem_pss308
06-02-2005, 09:51 PM
Vinylex from Lexol

http://www.paragon-products.com/product_p/lexol_vinylex.htm


I just got my bottle of Vinylex today.
I am sold!!!!!
I have tried all kind of stuff. I like 303 but...........

I have never seen a shine like it has.
It made my old stuff look very new.

Thanks Bret for posting that pic.

Tom Wortham
06-16-2005, 06:52 PM
I just got my bottle of Vinylex today.
I am sold!!!!!
I have tried all kind of stuff. I like 303 but...........

I have never seen a shine like it has.
It made my old stuff look very new.

Thanks Bret for posting that pic.

Just ordered a bottle. I'll give the 3-M product to the father-in-law. :D

lakes Rick
06-16-2005, 08:48 PM
Is Vinylex a cleaner or protectant?? Is it shiny like armorall, or suttle like 303??

Enquiring minds want to know.....

bret
06-16-2005, 11:30 PM
It starts out shiny but then it dulls to a rich luster, if you had something older and dull, it will really come to life. It is a protectant with a bit of cleaner in it but mostly a viynl conditioner.

Workin' 4 Toys
06-17-2005, 10:42 AM
I use GMP protectant. No complaints yet, but its only a year old. We shall see.

Davo
06-27-2005, 11:45 AM
I picked up some Vinylex as well. Good call, Bret.

I just put a good coat on last night so I'll see how it looks after this weekend being out in the elements.

I'm going to use the 303 for the bimini instead of the vinyl...and if I get really ambitious - for the boat cover. lol

H20skeefreek
06-27-2005, 11:51 AM
if your bimini is sunbrella or another canvas type material, you shouldn't use 303 A.P. You should 303 Fabric Guard. I don't think A.P. is approved for fabric use.

Andyg
06-27-2005, 11:53 AM
if your bimini is sunbrella or another canvas type material, you shouldn't use 303 A.P. You should 303 Fabric Guard. I don't think A.P. is approved for fabric use.

Thread Hijack

How many people put protectant on their bimini? I just had one installed last week and didn't even think of putting anything on it.

Davo
06-27-2005, 04:39 PM
I started this thread so no worries on the hijack. :toast: I want to get something on the bimini to act as a sunblock and prevent fading.

SkeeFreek is right abouth the A.P...I went to 303's website and they say to use the 303 Fabric Guard for Sunbrella material.
http://www.303products.com/tech/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=317

There's a lot of good info on their site...cleaning tips for vinyl...
http://www.303products.com/tech/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=295

...and more tips for vinyl... http://www.303products.com/tech/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=294

pilot02
07-01-2005, 01:39 PM
Heard a lot of good things about 303. Here's a site I came accross with the full line.

http://www.nealsharbor.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=303_aerospace_protectant

The Governor
08-16-2005, 05:33 PM
I just had my interior redone this week, so I picked up a bottle of 303 today at Boaters World and I just ordered some Vinylex a minute ago. I want to give 'em both a shot.

Gov

6ballsisall
08-16-2005, 05:44 PM
Pink Taco I mean Pink Lightning probably would disagree about the 303 useage. I however, like 303 quite a bit

pilot02
08-17-2005, 12:54 PM
I tried the 303 on my spa cover last night which is 2 years old and beginning to fade since I've never put anything on it. Seemed to go on well and bring back the lustre. I'm looking forwared to seeing how well it holds up...

6ballsisall
08-17-2005, 12:56 PM
I tried the 303 on my spa cover last night which is 2 years old and beginning to fade since I've never put anything on it. Seemed to go on well and bring back the lustre. I'm looking forwared to seeing how well it holds up...

well look at it this way, if you have problems you can always PM Pink Lightning and the ambulance chaser is at your rescue :D