RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-11-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 278
Scotch Guard and awnings?

My almost 10yr old awning has developed a few leaks. Not large leaks, but there are several spots where rain seems to drip through.

I was thinking of taking a nice warm evening, extending my awning about 2', and then spraying it with Scotch Guard or some similar waterproofing spray, then extending it another 2' feet, move the step ladder...rinse and repeat until it's done.

Has anyone tried this approach to extending the life of the awning?...are there other products/methods out there that people have successfully used?

I'd like to get another year or two out of it if I can.

Lobstah is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-11-2014, 03:15 PM   #2
Senior Member
Razzman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 412
well you don't specify what fabric your awning is. Scotchguard doesn't last long in the outdoors especially a harsh environment. Assuming yours is an acrylic or Sunbrella fabric then i would use 303 Aerospace High Tech Fabric Guard. It's what Sunbrella Marine fabric is coated with new and what they recommend to recoat with after washing. You do have to do a thorough cleaning and let it dry before applying, your 2' idea won't work here. My boat tops lasted years without leaking or fading with this stuff.

Marine Tops and Covers Care and Cleaning: Sunbrella fabrics
2020 Northwood Nash 23D (Traveling)
2006 38' Damon Astoria DP 3595 Pacific Edition (Fulltime)
Ozzy & Morgan - mini Dachshunds (Occupants)
Razzman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2014, 03:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 278
My awning is an A&E.
Not sure what you mean by my 2' idea? That is just to spray the material on. I my awning is motorized, and doesn't "drop" down to give access to all of the fabric.
By unfurling just 2', I can spray that by moving my ladder a few times. When I get to the end, I'll open it up another 2' and make another pass. With the awning fully open, there's no way I can get to the section half way between the outside edge and the coach.

Lobstah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2014, 05:11 AM   #4
Community Moderator
RV Wizard's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 12,063
Scotch Guard makes a product for the outdoor use. I use it on my 15 year old acrylic awning, using the same method after cleaning and allowing it to dry.
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2014, 05:32 AM   #5
Senior Member
TexasTom's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: DFW
Posts: 1,355
While I have not used it yet, it is hard to think that there would be anything better than 303. For a less expensive alternative I would look to CampDry. I managed a backpacking store back in the day and it worked amazingly well.
2009 Fleetwood Excursion 40E
TexasTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2014, 08:08 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 23,293
Your A&E awning may be either vinyl or Acrylic fabric. The acrylic is porous and needs to have its waterproofing updated every several years. Use a waterproofing product intended for synthetic fabrics, e.g. the 303 Fabric Guard mentioned above. Some other brands are Kiwi Camp Dry, Scotchguard Outdoor Water Shield, Starbright Waterproof Fabric treatment, Aqua Armor and Nikwax.

If its vinyl, it needs no waterproofing and will only leak if there are holes or if there is a stitched seam and the thread has rotted away. You can fix holes with a vinyl repair cement such as VLP Liquid Vinyl Repair:
RV Awning Liquid Vinyl Repair -1 fl. oz.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2014, 06:10 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 278
Perfect...thanks for the info folks!

Lobstah is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.