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303 Protectant(2 posts)

303 ProtectantMikeC
Mar 19, 2002 8:52 AM
While I don't believe that CF loses "stiffness" with time (as someone recently claimed on the Components board), I decided that I'd be careful with all the composite bits on my bike.
I have two canoes, a carbon-and-kevlar Bell Northstar, and a Royalex Wenonah Spirit II, and I've been using 303 Aerospace Protectant on them for about three years to protect them from UV light. It's done a nice job keeping colors from fading (a big problem with canoes), and I'm counting on it also protecting them from any other nasty UV-induced degradation that would be less visible. So now I'm using it on my bike, too (an Armor-All size bottle lasts forever).
re: 303 ProtectantElefantino
Mar 19, 2002 9:08 AM
I have been using 303 since before it was an "aerospace protectant," back when it was "just" a protectatant/cleaner. I will put nothing else on my car dash or other plastic parts. (Leather seats only get Hide Food.)

But I have never, until this moment, thought about using it on my bikes. Makes sense. Better than Armor All, which claims it protects from UV rays but is silicone-based, which I'm told actually worsens the effect of UV rays.

303 is water based. No such trouble.