The sun is a brutal, unstoppable force that never rests. The interior components of your car, while built to withstand the sun’s UV rays, are susceptible to damage over time. Tinted windows help, but only slow the eventual decay of all the interior components. Protecting these materials is paramount to their survival.
Some products are made just for certain materials, meaning they only work for that material. Most leather products only work on leather, some products made for plastics can damage leather. Finding one product to use on all the surfaces in your vehicle can be tricky, but 303 has the stuff you need, and it is called 303 Aerospace Protectant.
303 Aerospace Protectant is water-based and features UV blockers to reject the sun’s rays while treating it to prevent fading and cracks as well. The spray has a matte finish and does not leave any oily residue like some other sprays, so your interior has the same sheen it is supposed to have and not greasy and shiny. It goes on easy and is suitable for vinyl (including clear vinyl), gel-coat, fiberglass, carbon fiber, all rubber, plastic, and finished leather (do not use on suede), so just about every piece of trim inside your car can use a shot of 303 Aerospace Protectant.
While you can certainly use this product by itself, it should also be a part of your regular detailing regimen. Start off by vacuuming all of the surfaces, including the crevices of the hard plastic parts.
Use a liquid cleaner, such as 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner to clean the material.
You can spray 303 Aerospace Protectant directly onto the material being cleaned, or you can spray it onto a clean towel and wipe it on. 303 also makes wipes that are soaked in Aerospace Protectant.
Spray the panel and then immediately wipe it dry. DO NOT allow it to dry on the surface. If the surface is streaky, then you are using too much spray.
Buff the surface to increase the bond of the protectant.
303 Aerospace Protectant should be applied every 3-5 weeks for maximum UV protection. Do not apply it in direct sunlight. With proper use, 303 Aerospace Protectant will help your car or boat’s interior last many years.
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A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.