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Old 08-16-2016, 08:58 AM   #1
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Zip Dee Awning Waterproofing

Recent camping adventure saw a fair amount of rain overnight and during the day.

I lean my awning at night if there is a threat of rain for runoff.

Daytime, we were sitting underneath and I was getting a lot of water draining through the fabric.

It's a 1989 so I'm thinking a waterproofing may be in order.

Has anyone done this? What is the product/process used?

Should I expect a certain amount of leakage as if there is too much water pooling the weight may ruin the brackets?

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Old 08-16-2016, 09:02 AM   #2
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I have not had to research deeply, as mine doesn't weep yet. There are a variety of fabric waterproofing products out there. I believe Sunbrella makes an approved sealant. Sunbrella material is used on the ZipDees....not sure about others.
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The Zip Dee website has good information on the care and feeding of the awning fabric. Check it out.
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ZD recommends and sells 303 Fabric Guard Water Repellent. The label says "Recommended by Sunbrella". Best price I have found is on Amazon. Pretty good product. I have been using it for years on tents, inflatables and boat awnings. Gave my Airstream awning a good cleaning and treatment about 6 months ago. Seems to be working as advertised.
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My experience with 303 waterproofing YMMV....

To completely 'soak' a Zip Dee could get quite expensive.

I now just treat the seams.

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Old 08-16-2016, 01:02 PM   #6
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I've used 303 Fabric Guard Water Repellent, (best price found is Amazon) for years.
Works great for Water Repellent, but better yet for protection from fading. Have a mountain cabin at the 7600' level and "303 Fabric Guard" has been working great at prolonging the Fading from the Sun.

The price of replacing my Airstream Awning, is not something I'm looking at doing soon!
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You need to CK with ZipDees on this, we were in Durango the last 3 week rain almost very day with awning out 24/7 and lots of rain, heavy at time and did not have this problem.
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303 has no UV protection

303 has no UV protection, so it will not protect against fading. I checked with 303 jn the past as I have other sunbrella products.

If your awning is not colorful (red or striped blue), it may not be an issue.
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303 has no UV protection, so it will not protect against fading. I checked with 303 jn the past as I have other sunbrella products.

If your awning is not colorful (red or striped blue), it may not be an issue.
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303 makes no UV claim for Fabric Guard.

303 Aerospace Protectant works very well for UV protection.

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The 303 High Tech Fabric Guard works very well I used it to re-coat my Sunbrella covered Fleetwood pop up several years ago. It worked very well. No more leaks. I bought a gallon and had nearly half of it left after I was finished. It goes a long way. Depending on the size of your awning you may need much less. As mentioned you can pick it up from Amazon, but several retailers carry it also.
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3M water repellent works great too, but full disclosure, never tried it yet on my awing since my is a 2014. I've tried it on other materials, and it does work. You will have to reapply when needed.
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I am not at all surprised that your trailer's awnings would need re-waterproofing. We've had several AS in that age range and they all needed it. As stated by others, follow Zip Dee's online cleaning instructions (including the bleach solution) and follow after thorough drying with the 303 fabric guard, water repellent product. It absolutely works and will return the Sunbrella fabric to its original water-shedding performance. It is not cheap. Neither are new awning fabrics. Unless you scrub it often with strong detergents, it will last several years under normal usage. Not so long if you full-time and leave the awnings out a lot. I have not worried about the UV products, because we aren't full-timers yet. (But we plan to be soon) It will "hold" water better after you do it. You'll still need to tilt it if you leave it up during rain chances.
Good luck to you.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:33 PM   #13
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Tremendous response friends !

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