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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@DedicatedPerfection View Post
    Good stuff Ian! Nice review.

    Although I have not used this specific product, I do use 1Z Gummi Pflege. These product offerings are must haves for winter time.
    Even more so on German cars. An E46 BMW I once owned, and now my VW, seem prone to having the seals dry out which causes annoying creaking sounds. Cold, dry weather is the worst!

    I look forward to trying this product out. Thanks for the review, OP!
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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Glad to see this product well received. So far all the reviews we have gotten on it have been positive. The one I did not even think about but agree is the screw on cap is nice and seals really well.

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Desertnate View Post
    Even more so on German cars. An E46 BMW I once owned, and now my VW, seem prone to having the seals dry out which causes annoying creaking sounds. Cold, dry weather is the worst!

    I look forward to trying this product out. Thanks for the review, OP!
    Sure thing! Glad you liked it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MPBGT View Post
    Glad to see this product well received. So far all the reviews we have gotten on it have been positive. The one I did not even think about but agree is the screw on cap is nice and seals really well.
    It's an awesome product alright! Thanks for making it!

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    *Bump*

    Used 303 Rubber Seal Protectant last night on the family cars last night - such an easy product to use. Both cars door & trunk seals took less than 10 minutes combined. Frozen doors and creaky noises shouldn`t be an issue now!

    For anyone living in a northern climate like me, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this -or- 1Z Gummi Pflege to help protect your rubber seals during the winter months.

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Angus View Post
    *Bump*

    Used 303 Rubber Seal Protectant last night on the family cars last night - such an easy product to use. Both cars door & trunk seals took less than 10 minutes combined. Frozen doors and creaky noises shouldn`t be an issue now!

    For anyone living in a northern climate like me, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this -or- 1Z Gummi Pflege to help protect your rubber seals during the winter months.
    Were they frozen and creaky prior to last night?


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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    Were they frozen and creaky prior to last night?


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    Nope. This was preventive maintenance. My Civics sunroof seal used to creak like crazy before I started using a rubber seal protectant on it.

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    *Bump* applied 303 seal protectant over the weekend as part of my fall/ winter prep. And since photobucket screwed us, heres the reivew again WITH photos reinserted from Imgur:

    For this review, Iím going to share my experience using 303ís brand new Rubber Seal Protectant on my 1998 Honda Civic (see Vega, I do give it a little love from time to time)



    From PBMGís copy for 303 Rubber Seal Protectant:
    Protects rubber seals against drying and cracking

    303 Rubber Seal Protectant conditions rubber seals on doors, windows, hoods and trunks to help prevent long-term drying and cracking. If you have an older vehicle with discolored door seals, 303 Rubber Seal Protectant will rejuvenate the color while restoring elasticity. 303 Rubber Seal Protectant is 100% water-based, and the shoe-polish style applicator makes application quick and easy.

    The rubber seals on my Honda are original and showing their age. Up until now Iíve been using 1Zís Gummi Pflege to maintain them however itís been quite a while so now is the perfect time to test 303ís above claims.

    Directions:



    1.Shake well before use. - Check & ready for use:



    2.Apply 303ģ Rubber Seal Protectant evenly onto a dry, clean surface using attached foam applicator. - Check. *Application Tip* Thereís a valve hidden underneath the applicator sponge that needs to depress in order to break the factory seal and thus allowing product to flow freely.

    Door seal:



    50/50 on rear side window seal:



    Trunk seal:



    50/50 on the sunroof`s seal:



    3. Allow product to fully dry. - Check. The waterbase formula doesnít take long to dry at all, 5-10 minutes tops:

    Door seals look good:




    Side window seal looks better but is probably too forgone at this point to expect miracles:



    Trunk seal looks good. You can easily see the lighter section I missed in the center of the trim (oops):



    The sunroof seal is better but a little streaky:



    4. Repeat procedure if necessary. - Unnecessary since 1 coat was enough given the overall condition and age of my seals vs what I can reasonable expect from 303 Rubber Seal Protectant.

    5. Use regularly for optimal protection (every 3-5 weeks). - Canít say Iíll follow this one to a TÖ but Iíll try.

    6. Keep product from freezing. - Duh, of course!

    Even though I had washed & dried the car before applying 303 the foam applicator tip was looking a little gross:



    Enter APC 3:1, a clean tooth brush, and a rinse under warm water:



    Good as new!

    Final thoughts
    Even though itís the middle of summer and for the most part the Hondaís rubber seals felt nice and flexible, come winter theyíll start to stiffen up and potentially freeze leading to stuck doors and interior leaks (both have happened on this car). So itís important to keep the seals hydrated allowing them to maintain their flexibility year round. Not to mention, reduce the amount of cold weather ďcreakĒ noises from stiff rubber seals on a car of this age produces once the temperature starts to drop. My sunroof creaks like crazy in the winter!

    303 Rubber Seal Protectant vs. 1Z Gummi Pflege
    Without directly comparing 303 Rubber Seal Protectant to 1Z Gummi Pflege side by side itís very hard to say which is better since theyíre both excellent products, 100% water based, dry to the touch, donít attract dust or other debris, and leave rubber surfaces with a nice natural sheen - in short you canít go wrong using either one. I will say, 303 Rubber Seal Protectantís applicator seems thicker/more robust, I do appreciate the heavier plastic screw on lid, and itís made in the USA.

    For less then $10 using a rubber protectant on your vehicle regardless of age/ location makes perfect sense. It will only help prolong the rubbers ability to do itís job and seal out whatever mother nature throws at it and by default YOU!

    Hope you enjoyed this review. As always, please feel free to ask any questions

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    I just purchased 303 Aerospace protectant for preserving my rubber seals among other surfaces. Do you feel that the contents of this is a better product for rubber surfaces in autos?

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    I did purchase this a time ago to use this winter on my dd. When my friend asked me to take care of his Chevrolet caprice -70 and about a week ago I did the interior. It has the original door seals and is in bad shape so I cleanded it very carefull and tought to try out the 303 rubber seal protectant. Boy what a chock when I drove it and the wind noise was gone! Now he has a product to use until he buy some new seals to the doors and trunk.
    Great write up!

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathwiz View Post
    I just purchased 303 Aerospace protectant for preserving my rubber seals among other surfaces. Do you feel that the contents of this is a better product for rubber surfaces in autos?
    Great question- from what I can tell “regular” 303 isn’t as thick as the rubber seal version.

    Quote Originally Posted by SWETM View Post
    I did purchase this a time ago to use this winter on my dd. When my friend asked me to take care of his Chevrolet caprice -70 and about a week ago I did the interior. It has the original door seals and is in bad shape so I cleanded it very carefull and tought to try out the 303 rubber seal protectant. Boy what a chock when I drove it and the wind noise was gone! Now he has a product to use until he buy some new seals to the doors and trunk.
    Great write up!
    That’s awesome! And thanks for the kind words.

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