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Old 26-07-2012, 05:15   #1
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bimini and UV

Do bimini lose their UV blocking ability over time? My canvas is dark blues and is in good shape and provides great shading. But it just seems that I've taken more more UV this year. If I miss a spot on my face with the sunscreen I pay the price.

Is there a spray or something to put on the canvas that helps its' UV protection?
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Old 26-07-2012, 05:48   #2
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Re: bimini and UV

Don't know about loss of UV protection in the bimini but I do believe you also get a good bit of exposure from reflected light and such. Have you just spent more time on the boat this year?
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Old 26-07-2012, 05:53   #3
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Don't know about loss of UV protection in the bimini but I do believe you also get a good bit of exposure from reflected light and such. Have you just spent more time on the boat this year?
Definitely agree with the reflected light!!! I've spent pretty much the same amount of time on the boat this year as before. I do know that the UV index has been higher this year. But it just seems that even though I've gotten a good tan using my SPF 30 sunscreen that I'm taking more of a sun beating than before.
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Old 26-07-2012, 06:21   #4
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Re: bimini and UV

I'm pretty it's all due to old age. After all you aren't getting any younger.
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Re: bimini and UV

I also give a thumbs up to the Protectorant 303 products Gord mentioned. I use it on the hull instead of wax and also on any plastic I want to protect against UV rays. Use it on the sail cover too. Solved the bimini UV issue with solar panels and killed two birds with one stone:
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Re: bimini and UV

don--wear a hat under your bimini--will keep a lot of reflected sun out of your life.
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What GordMay said!
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I also give a thumbs up to the Protectorant 303 products Gord mentioned.
Yes, 303 is great stuff! Still managing to avoid replacing my 8 year old bimini by seasonal application of 303.
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Don Lucas,

A wide brimmed hat will help.
A Burka would be your next best thing.
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A wide brimmed hat will help.
A Burka would be your next best thing.
That leaves one of my problem areas exposed. Guess it's going to have to be welding goggles for me
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That leaves one of my problem areas exposed. Guess it's going to have to be welding goggles for me
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You may be on to something new. Total UV protection.
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Re: bimini and UV

hey I had a boat once with a cockpit that looked just like that, I even have a coat that color

what a small world!

someone though should that that guy that those exposed tops of his hands have the second thinest skin on his body and really going to wrinkle up with the sun!
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