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Old 06-13-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Our 1974 Trillium came with the orignal awning and it seems to be in reasonably good shape. My question is what can be done in order to protect it and perhaps make it more waterproof? Are silicone-based tent sprays the way to go? Could any of those products actually ruin it? Any words of advice?

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Old 06-13-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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I am in the same situation, I assumed it would leak like crazy in the rain after all these years. Went to my local tent and awning shop, they recommended CerfKote for canvas awnings, and cleaning with plain dish soap.

I have not tried it yet, as they were out of stock, however last trip out it rained like crazy and not one drop came through the canvas awning, so, I probably won't do anything other than clean it.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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My '83 Scamp still has its original awning too, although, it is a vinyl one that is in an aluminum case. I just scrubbed both sides of it with car wash soap, dried it, then applied a coat of Armor-All to both sides. Looks like new and the Armor-All keeps the vinyl supple. Sure is a joy to sit out under the awnings too and enjoy the view from where ever!
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My '83 Scamp still has its original awning too, although, it is a vinyl one that is in an aluminum case. I just scrubbed both sides of it with car wash soap, dried it, then applied a coat of Armor-All to both sides. Looks like new and the Armor-All keeps the vinyl supple. Sure is a joy to sit out under the awnings too and enjoy the view from where ever!
just a note on Armor-All... it's not the best product out there for plastic and vinyl (no matter what they say). mostly because it's petroleum based. there's a product called 303 that is a much better UV protectant. applied once a year , you'll be enjoying your awning for years. I use it on a poly kayak and it's great stuff and doesn't leave a greasy residue.
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