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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Huh, I`m late to this party by a few years!

    The 303 looks a *LOT* shinier than the 1Z or Wurth...how is it IRL?
    All really good questions. IRL I`d say 303 is very similar to 1Z in appearance. Which Wurth product are you using? Their silicone lubricant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    How is it with regard to transfer onto surfaces that press against the seals...like, any mess if the seals contact glass directly?
    I just walked out and look at look - as far as I could tell transfer isn`t an issue. I only noticed the slightest transfer in one spot and I had to look pretty hard to see it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Regulars here know that I *slightly* prefer the Wurth stuff due to the transfer issue, and I`m all about satin/matte appearance, so despite my satisfaction with the stuff I have now I`m still curious about this version (which I don`t think I`ve even heard of before).
    Oh I agree with you on the satin/matte appearance. Since I was just outside I took a shot showing the seal at the bottom of my door for you:



    Maybe hard to tell in the photo but it`s more satin than matte.

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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

    Angus- I`ll be interested to hear how it compares to the 1Z, whether you discern any significant diffs as you use it more.

    FWIW, I never use the foam applicator on bottles of stuff like that, but rather apply it to a cloth/swab/whatever. Guess I just don`t like seeing the applicator looking all soiled every time I open it up. Nah, I don`t clean it up the way you did

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Angus- I`ll be interested to hear how it compares to the 1Z, whether you discern any significant diffs as you use it more.

    FWIW, I never use the foam applicator on bottles of stuff like that, but rather apply it to a cloth/swab/whatever. Guess I just don`t like seeing the applicator looking all soiled every time I open it up. Nah, I don`t clean it up the way you did
    Will do, Accumulator! I still have the Mrs` car to do so I`ll use 1Z on it and update this post.

    And to your point, I ripped off the foam applicator from the 1Z bottle since it was heavy soiled and use swabs instead.

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    I just ordered some of this even though I had the headless 1z bottle around here somewhere likely in the basement. Time to juice them up before winter

    Thanks for the review and reminder of these products


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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by MattPersman View Post
    I just ordered some of this even though I had the headless 1z bottle around here somewhere likely in the basement. Time to juice them up before winter

    Thanks for the review and reminder of these products


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    You`re very welcome! Rubber seal products like 1Z and 303 are fantastic.

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Yeah, thanks for the reminder on this, Angus. I think I`ve got old bottles of 1Z and WURTH product.
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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Angus View Post
    *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:.......
    Thanks Angus for taking the time to re-post the pictures via a different photo-host. The Photobucket "no-pay-no-show linking issue" is reeking havoc within this forum.

    I`ve used regular 303 protectant on seals since I discovered 303 from reviews in this forum about 8 years ago.
    I just wonder if this Seal Protectant is the same as regular 303 protectant, only rebottled in a smaller size container/bottle with a foam applicator tip OR a new (or hybrid-variant) protectant designed specifically for rubber seals? (Edit: Oh great!, I see that question was posed in previous posts. Never mind...) The fact that it says "Keep from Freezing" on the bottle is one of 303`s worst nemesis and anyone who has had a bottle of regular 303 Protectant freeze and then thaw will tell you that its odor is like BAD body odor. (Seen it, been there!)

    And speaking of Gold Eagle, the manufacturer, when did they buy this product line from Aerospace 303?? I did not see that "news" posted anywhere within this forum. I see that manufacturer`s name on my new bottle of 303. With Gold Eagle, I think of Sta-Bil gas stabilizer or Heet gas anti-freeze.
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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Yes, I`d like to know if it is different than regular 303 or is it just 303 in a different bottle?

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    Re: Review - 303 Rubber Seal Protectant

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    Thanks Angus for taking the time to re-post the pictures via a different photo-host. The Photobucket "no-pay-no-show linking issue" is reeking havoc within this forum.

    I`ve used regular 303 protectant on seals since I discovered 303 from reviews in this forum about 8 years ago.
    I just wonder if this Seal Protectant is the same as regular 303 protectant, only rebottled in a smaller size container/bottle with a foam applicator tip OR a new (or hybrid-variant) protectant designed specifically for rubber seals? (Edit: Oh great!, I see that question was posed in previous posts. Never mind...) The fact that it says "Keep from Freezing" on the bottle is one of 303`s worst nemesis and anyone who has had a bottle of regular 303 Protectant freeze and then thaw will tell you that its odor is like BAD body odor. (Seen it, been there!)
    You bet! I was able to download all of my review photos from Photobucket and will be reposting them to Imgur/ updating my old reviews as time allows. Stoopid Photobucket....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    And speaking of Gold Eagle, the manufacturer, when did they buy this product line from Aerospace 303?? I did not see that "news" posted anywhere within this forum. I see that manufacturer`s name on my new bottle of 303. With Gold Eagle, I think of Sta-Bil gas stabilizer or Heet gas anti-freeze.
    Golden Eagle acquired the 303 Brand back in 2012. Gold Eagle Co. Acquires 303 Products, Inc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Yes, I`d like to know if it is different than regular 303 or is it just 303 in a different bottle?
    It`s a good question and from my casual observations, 303 rubber seal protectant appears thicker than "regular" 303. So in addition to the fancy applicator bottle, it`s a slightly different formula.

 

 
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