Its time to prepare the canoe for summer paddling. I have a Old Town Discovery with a polyethylene hull and since I store my boat outside in the summer, under a tree, I find it useful to apply a coat of 303 Aerospace Protectant. This helps to protect the the hull of the boat from the sun and to keep it shiny, fade less, and protect if from the dirt it will almost certainly encounter. The 2oz pump-spray bottle should be enough to cover your boat a couple of times a season and only run a cost of around $7.
Here is a few steps to applying the 303 Protective Spray.
Step One: Clean the hull of the boat.
For the 303 to work properly, you need to have a semi-clean surface. A stiff plastic bristled brush, wash cloth, and a bucket with dish-soaped water ought-to-do the trick.
Step Two: Spray on the 303 Protectant Spray
Out of direct sunlight,fGive the hull a decent amount of 303, about one pump per square foot. You can put too much of the product on that will just end up with the rag you are spreading it with. The manufacturer says if you see streaking, you have applied too much and some should be removed with a damp paper towel.
Step Three: Spread the product over the hull
Use a clean towel to spread out the 303 as evenly as possible. As noted earlier, if it appears to be streaky, you may have applied too much product that portion the hull. Below you can see the real difference between the untreated and the treated parts of the canoe.
Step Four: Buff Dry
303 does not air dry. It is recommended that you take a clean towel and buff dry any excess product that maybe on the canoe hull. This step with also increase the bonding of 303 to your hull.
Enjoy a newer looking boat! 303 will also fill in some of those very very fine scratches. They recommend reapplying every 3-5 weeks for the best results. That a bit much for me but I tend to be cheep sometimes.
I hope you found this to be helpful. Get paddling!