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Hendo    11

Hey guys. Have a 14 fx44. The cover is basically useless. It has zero waterproofing. I swear it's just a screen. Is there anything I could do to it to help?

 

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chenige    83
chenige    83

Maybe this one. Half the price. 

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InfinitySurf    280

Clean with hot water in tub for few hours using Starbrite cleaner....then hang and dry well. Then get a gallon of 303 Fabric guard water proofer and a nice empty spray bottle (I got all on amazon). Go over entire exterior of cover 2x's and it will shed water like off a ducks back. I have 14 SV244 and had same thing going on...and followed above instruction few months ago. Also water proofed my bimini and the bimini cover.....works great on everything.

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stoked    1,042

I found a gallon was quite enough for my cover, luckily I had a quart laying around to finish off the job. I highly recommend this as it will make it easier and you'll be doing it every other year or so:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BX4VXI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Bobby Elite    6
1 hour ago, chenige said:

Maybe this one. Half the price. 

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This is what I use, pray on with garden sprayer. The water beads right off the cover and doesn't soak in, My cover is at least 10 years old

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Hendo    11

Oh that is a huge help everyone! So any other insight on "cleaning/preparing" it?

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chenige    83

As long as it is clean. Scrub with a brush and sone dish soap if needed. I used a power washer on mine to rinse it well. 

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Shaka    146

I take mine to the laundromat where they have a large washer. I use Woolite for soap because it's gentle. It comes out of their nice and clean.

The best results I've had are with a gallon of 303. I use a small foam paint roller to apply it and wet it out pretty good. One application is all that's needed with this method.

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InfinitySurf    280

Yea, foam roller really helps. Forgot to mention that...I sprayed an area and then backrolled it with foam roller cause it makes sure that all waterproofing soaks into the cover and nothing is wasted. Laundromat sounds like a good idea, I didn't think about that at time. The amount of dirt that was in my tub after soaking it in hot water for a few hours with the Starbrite mildew remover was significant....I agitated the cover every 15-20mins to help the process while soaking....then I hosed it off really well and dried before applying water proofing. Made a huge difference tho, like a brand new cover. I plan to do it every spring now.

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Hendo    11

So I'm getting ready to do this....  you just do it on the outside? Once or twice?

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nailem    29

I have had good luck with MaryKate water proofer. I was like described above, let dry and spread out. I use a pump sprayer (were or bug sprayer) much easier and faster than a spray bottle.

http://www.boatersland.com/marykate-mk63128-fabric-waterproofer-gallon.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwxN_XBRCFARIsAIufy1bgJLGBKVB-zfuCpGqWfkTFux2vcxmZeZFEtc9z2VIUTBX-UtgL0WsaAqewEALw_wcB

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Dan gib    6

Just did mine scrubbed with soapy water rInse dry then spray with a weed sprayer and back brushed it. Turned out good maybe could have done 2 coats but it beads good with starbright. One gallon did my cover and Bimini 23' typhoon

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Gdmatson    26

I have also used 303 with great results. I did 2 coats every couple years and it worked wonders!

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