Golf Trader’s September Specials

We’d like to invite you to visit us in September to check out our special promotions:

GOLF BALLS:

  • 2014 Bridgestone RXS (regularly $32.99 / now 3 dozen for $75)
  • Srixon Q-Star (regularly $26.99 / now 2 dozen for $40)
  • 2015 Titleist Pro V1 / Pro V1X – $2 off on 2 dozen or $6 off on 3 dozen

BAGS:

  • We are making room for delivery of 2016 bags in October, so September is bag clearance month and prices will be reduced from $10-$50 per bag (see Bob about discount on specific bags)

NEW ARRIVALS:

  • Callaway Great Big Bertha Drivers and Fairways

TAYLOR MADE:

  • ALL R-15 products are 20%-30% off (come on in for details)

Looking forward to seeing you,

Frank Callahan & Staff
8085 W McNab Road
Tamarac, FL 33321
(954) 720-8290
Email: golftraderonline@earthlink.net
Website: www.GolfTraderOnline.com
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303® Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner a Review

303® Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner – A Review

By Randy Bouffler

303 Products recently developed and released a Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner.  As part of their release, they contacted Strataglass, LLC for an endorsement.  Strataglass, LLC at this time only endorses and recommends the IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner and IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish for their Strataglass line.

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As a long time advocate of 303 Products and a consultant to Strataglass, LLC for their cleaning, care and technical support issues, I offered to test the 303 product to ensure it did not have any detrimental effects on Strataglass vinyl.  It was made clear at the onset that my test would not result in an endorsement but rather a pass from our “Do Not Use” list of products, found to be detrimental to the Strataglass coating (see the Strataglass Care & Maintenance page).

This test was a real world, “How does it work” test, not an official lab test.  A sample of Strataglass was left outside positioned for optimal sun exposure.  Half was treated at least weekly with the 303 Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner, the other was just maintained with water.

My main concerns were:

  • The product does not yellow the vinyl        Pass
  • Cleans without streaking                                    Pass
  • Ease of use                                                                   Moderate
  • Water repellency                                                     Moderate
  • Soil repellency                                                           Moderate

My test ran for a period of 7 months, from January through July, 2015.  The atmosphere near the test site was extremely dusty/dirty due to construction of a school across the street.  The sample remained outside throughout the entire test.  Temperatures ranged from the low 40’s to the high 90’s with occasional rain showers and thunder storms (typical South Florida weather).

At the conclusion of the test period, the treated side remained clear, no noticeable color change.  The surface was smooth and slick.

The product does indeed clean without streaking….if you do not use too much product.  As stated on the label, the product does not readily dry on its own; it has to be rubbed in.  This is not a bad thing as the more you buff it, the more it works into the surface, creating a protective bond.

Ease of use was rated at Moderate due to the extra buffing required to apply the product properly.  If you follow the instructions to the t, you would also need to lay down a protective barrier on all surfaces not being protected to prevent overspray.

Water repellency is also rated as moderate.  Water does not bead on the protected surface but it does sheet off the vinyl better than the unprotected side.  In my experience dealing with Strataglass customers, water spotting is a repeat concern.  As there is no way to stop the rain from falling, and all rain has traces of chemicals, minerals and other pollutants; water spots are inevitable.  Many people ask about applying RainX to their vinyl windows, DO NOT DO THIS.  Not only is the silicone bad for the vinyl, it interferes with the optical clarity of the window.   The best way to get the water to bead is through application of polishes or waxes to the surface.  Just remember, not all polishes and waxes are the same, some can actually harm vinyl.  My only recommendations are IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish or Collinite 845 Insulator wax (pure carnauba).

Soil repellency is also moderate.  Dirt is going to happen but on the 303 treated side, the dirt cleaned off much easier than the untreated side.  There seemed to be much less adhesion properties.

 

Conclusion:  Although we do not make any recommendations for the cleaning and care of Strataglass, other than the aforementioned IMAR Products, the 303 Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner easily avoided being put on the Strataglass “Do Not Use”  List.  I do, however, think the product would be an excellent addition to your cleaning cabinet for any non-coated clear vinyl products, such as Crystal Clear 20/20®, Regalite®, extruded  vinyl, etc.

303 recommends the application of the Clear Vinyl Clean and Protect every 3-5 weeks for optimal UV protection (the #1 enemy of clear vinyl).  In my opinion, you will want to use the product more often, just for its effective cleaning ability.

Note – The results of this test are totally unbiased.  I received no payment or other compensation for this test other than the sample provided by 303 Products for testing purposes.


Randy Bouffler is the President of RandyB Consulting, Inc. and is a consultant to Strataglass, LLC for their Care & Maintenance recommendations as well as providing technical advice to Strataglass customers.

Randy is also the President of Your Ship’s Store, Inc (www.YourShipStore.com) formerly Scalise Marine, Inc.

303 is a registered trademark of Gold Eagle
Regalite is a registered trademark of O’Sullivan Films
Crystal Clear 20/20 and Strataglass are registered trademarks of Strataglass, LLC
IMAR is a registered trademark of IMAR Sales, LLC.

Evacuate The City at Venue 578

I finally got a chance to download the videos from the July 10, 2015 Evacuate The City concert at Venue 578, Orlando.  They turned out pretty nice considering the video was taken on an iPhone.

The band was great in concert and drew quite the crowd.  As you can see, they are right at home on the stage.  This is a positive sign for their upcoming US Tour with The Browning in September and October.

^ Recollection ^

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^ Virus ^

 http://http://youtu.be/E8Bo4Iaz5zc

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^ The Catastrophe ^

http://youtu.be/Vmxnw81Oka8

^ Life On The Line ^

Evacuate The City Tour and YOU

The band is gearing up for their national tour,  This is not an easy thing to do for a young group, most of which are still in college.  The talent, youthful vigor and enthusiasm they have covered….the money, well, they could use your support.

from Eric Sky:

“As you all know, we’re gearing up to kick off our first full U.S. tour! Unfortunately with us being a relatively new band, money is a bit tight. We started up a donation campaign to raise money for this tour so we can get around and eat just a bit easier!

Any and all donations will be a huge help and much appreciated! Thank you all for continuing to support us all the way! We can’t wait to see you all on this tour.”

gofundme.com/evacuatethecity

Their campaign goal is only $2000, probably just enough for gas.  Let’s see if we can blow that number away!

Thanks in advance,

Randy

Evacuate The City Tour Dates Released

Evacuate The City” recently announced they were invited on a U.S. Tour but the details were a bit sketchy, at best.  Now we know the who, what, where and when!

The boys will be touring with “The Browning” as they kick off their “Finally Free” national tour in September. They will not join the tour at the first stop, Austin Texas, but will catch up to “The Browning” at their second stop in Tampa.

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Alex Stephenson has stated that they will be playing a lot of new material on the tour.  Judging from their original E.P. you know they have a challenge to be even better, a challenge this talented band is surely up to.

This is a huge opportunity for the young band, I know they are going to be great.

Strataglass products finally added to the site

The Bees have been busy, adding Strataglass and Crystal Clear 20/20 vinyls to the site.  Finally, the world’s best pressed polyvinyl sheets are available on Bee Clean Products.

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To add a little more buzz, we have added a wholesale level for qualifying companies to purchase Strataglass, Crystal Clear 20/20 and the full IMAR Yacht Detailing Line at huge savings (minimum quantities apply).  Email for details.