I just bought a Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 (plastic). I plan, at least for a few months (until it gets REALLY cold) to keep it outside at a local marina because I'll be paddling it several days a week.
I'm well aware of the damage long-term exposure to UV can cause (though I think the *degree* of damage is somewhat open to debate). So I've been thinking of cutting a tarp to wrap over the boat (secured with bungee cords).
But then I remembered 303 "Aerospace" Protectant...and began wondering if covering the boat with a tarp is really necessary if I give it a good coat of 303 every few weeks? I mean, if the 303 really works, then perhaps that's all I need—and I don't have to hassle with a tarp before/after every paddle.
So I'm seeking opinions (preferably based on long experience using 303) on how well it stops UV?
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Posted by: ezwater on Sep-16-13 11:18 PM (EST)
UV protectant coatings work by being destroyed. So 303 will not last like a tarp.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-17-13 12:08 AM (EST)
I store my boats outside and under tarps, aslo 303 them 2-3 times a year.
Use a uv resistant tarp |
Posted by: seadart on Sep-17-13 12:25 AM (EST)
It will work fine.
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-17-13 12:29 AM (EST)
303 works very well, but treating an entire boat frequently takes too much time and fuss (and is wasteful). Covering with a tarp takes seconds to do.
X's two !|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-17-13 6:21 AM (EST)
Be careful of wrapping.|
Posted by: magooch on Sep-17-13 10:21 AM (EST)
Wrapping a boat in a tarp might work if it is also in the shade, but it could be like putting the boat in an oven if it is in the sun. As a matter of fact, I would be at least as concerned about overheating a poly boat if stored outdoors in the sun as I would be about UV exposure. My observation is that polyethylene kayaks overheat and warp in the sun long before they degenerate from UV.
Overheat and warp?|
Posted by: 72hw on Sep-17-13 12:21 PM (EST)
If stand is in the shade ..|
Posted by: seadart on Sep-17-13 12:56 PM (EST)
If you use a UV resistant tarp and it's in the shade they will be fine. I store mine in a shady area on a fence with a tarp hanging over one side. Air can circulate under the tarp. One poly boat has been stored 13 years this way with no issues.
24/7 and 365 for 2 years|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-17-13 10:37 AM (EST)
themoformed Crossover? |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-17-13 3:30 PM (EST)
Rotationally molded I believe.
Yes - thermoformed|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-17-13 3:47 PM (EST)
Sounds like a well loved boat but,|
Posted by: adbass on Sep-17-13 9:00 PM (EST)
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-17-13 10:37 PM (EST)
Just to be clear|
Posted by: magooch on Sep-18-13 10:19 AM (EST)
Polyethylene and the plastic used to manufacture what is referred to as thermoformed boats is not the same plastic. Eddyline uses something they call Carbonlite 2000, which I believe is a form of ABS plastic.
Posted by: adbass on Sep-18-13 10:26 AM (EST)
It is *not* the "same raw stuff"|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-18-13 11:51 AM (EST)
ABS is not the same as the material in the "poly" bloats. Just try to glue something to both and you will see the difference.
Willi, I've been to both the Perception |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-18-13 3:04 PM (EST)
and the Dagger factory, back when both were making rotationally molded boats, and neither ever mentioned "thermoformed".
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-18-13 3:17 PM (EST)
Let's "heat up" this discussion Willi|
Posted by: DUUJ on Sep-18-13 4:27 PM (EST)
Oven Costs played a huge role|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-18-13 5:14 PM (EST)
Building ovens the size of small houses to fit
yes - there ARE orphan pellets!|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-18-13 5:21 PM (EST)
They sweep them up off the floor and use them for those multicolored poly kayaks!