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Strataglass Factory Tour – A Peek Behind the Curtain

I took my original video, changed a few photos, timing, transitions, wording and removed a typo, re-encoded and re-posted for your enjoyment.  The video is 5 minutes long and shows you some of the behind-the-scenes activities at the Strataglass Factory.

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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.

Hangin’ at Strataglass

Is this cool, or what?  As much as I love spending time with my friends at Strataglass, now I get to spend even more time with them and make a little money, to boot. I will be contracting for a short while to help out as they progress through their new transformation.  What transformation, you ask….read on.

Strataglass was recently acquired by Herculite Products, Inc (press release here: http://www.herculite.com/hubfs/Press_Release_Strataglass_5-8-15.pdf).  This move opens a new chapter in the already impressive Strataglass story as well as boost the Herculite Brand, a win-win in my book.

I am so lucky to spend time with the likes of Walter Johnson, III, Peter, Carla, Junior, Chad and the rest of the Strataglass crew (all great folks) and now I get to see more of an old acquaintance from my Rorys Marine / Scalise Marine days, Craig Zola.

I’ll still be providing excellent service to my Your Ship’s Store customers, I’m not replacing that role, just expanding my horizons to learn even more about Strataglass and Crystal Clear 20/20.

Don’t be surprised if you call and hear, “Good Morning, Strataglass.  This is Randy, how may I help you?”

See you in Minneapolis – IFAI Expo, Oct 13 – 16

Who: Randy Bouffler / Scalise Marine, Inc.
What: IFAI EXPO
When: October 13-16, 2014
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN

IFAI Expo

It is that time of year again, time for the IFAI Expo.  This year’s event will be held in Minneapolis, MN and Randy will be in attendance, representing Scalise Marine and Strataglass.  Please stop by and say, “Hello”.

Strataglass has been working on a new and exiting product, actually introduced at the IFAI Expo in Orlando, last year, but now they are ready to take it Main Stream!  What is this product, you might ask?  It is a thinner version of their Crystal Clear 20/20 pressed vinyl sheet and targeted to the architectural community.   They named it CountryView.

CountryView is .020 mil thick and comes in the standard Strataglass size, 54″ x 110″ sheets (53.5″ x 109″ usable).  It is to be used in roll up sunscreens for homes and restaurant applications.

Also to be showcased at our booth, the new IMAR Clear Vinyl Clean and Protect for use on CountryView.  We are excited about these and will be glad to answer any questions.

Strataglass Care and Maintenance Video w/ Randy Bouffler

Featuring: yours truly.

To combat a lot of mis-information out there and to help new owners of Strataglass and Crystal Clear 20/20 learn the proper way of caring for their new windows, Stratglass has commissioned the above video.  Contrary to claims by many cleaners, Strataglass only recommends the IMAR Yacht Detailing Products, specifically the IMAR Strataglass Care products (IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner and IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish) to care for and properly maintain their products.

Not to say the some of the other products will not work but IMAR is the ONLY approved and recommended treatment from the factory.  Use of anything else may result in voiding your factory warranty.