View Full Version : any way to re-waterproof OEM cover

09-24-2012, 08:04 AM
I have a 2005 XStar but the OEM cover is leaking. Anyone had any luck re-waterproofing the canvas covers?

If I need a new one, reading on the forum, skiboatcovers.com seems to be the popular choice right?

09-24-2012, 08:11 AM

09-24-2012, 10:34 AM
I used 2 16oz bottles of fabric guard on my cover last summer, and it didn't seem to help much at all. My cover still lets a lot of water through.

09-24-2012, 10:55 AM

This in a Hudson sprayer. Spray in the morning and let it bake in the sun all day!

09-24-2012, 11:13 AM
Same stuff I used - worked incredibly - used it on my Mustang top too. It's good stuff.

09-24-2012, 12:09 PM
I tried it on my OEM black cover without any luck at all, total waste on that cover. I use it on my sunbrella cover and it is out standing. I think its the material the OEM cover is made with that is the problem. At least that was my experience.

09-24-2012, 08:00 PM
Same results as bturner2, used a whole gallon via a sprayer on my oem cover, boat still got soaked. :mad:

09-24-2012, 08:26 PM
The 2010 Owner's Manual has the following:

After cleaning and air drying, apply 303 in a thin, even coat. When
it has dried, apply a second thin, even coat. These two (2) light coatings
are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single
heavy coating. Keep in mind that 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ will
work only as well as it is applied. This means that the fabric must be
free of dirt and detergents or the Fabric Guard will wash away with
the dirt particles.
Fabrics should be retreated after thorough cleaning or after five
(5) years of use.

It also mentions about using a natural soap to clean:
The fabric can be cleaned while still in the boat. When cleaning, it
is important to observe the following:
• Always use a natural soap—never detergent.
• Water should be cold to lukewarm, but never more than 100 degrees.
• Air dry only. Never apply heat to the fabric.
Begin by brushing off loose dirt, and then hose down the material.
Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and a mild, natural soap that is free
of detergents. Use a soft-bristle brush to clean, allowing the soap to
soak in. Rinse thoroughly and allow the fabric to thoroughly air dry.

No first hand experience here, so I'm only quoting the Owner's Manual.

09-25-2012, 07:15 AM
My OEM cover was surprisingly bad from day one. It fit and looked so good I was sure it was going to be the best thing since sliced bread. Then the black marks started showing up and I also noticed that the boat was soaked after every rain fall we had. Tossed that cover for a sunbrella cover from skiboatcovers.com and I now have a dry boat without the stains on the cushions.

That OEM cover was the best fitting cover I've ever owned just wish they would make it out of Sunbrella.