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dauntlass 18 posted 01-18-2001 09:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for dauntlass 18   Send Email to dauntlass 18  
Has anyone had leaf stains on vinyl seat cushions.My cushions will not clean Ihave tried vinyl cleaner,bleach,ajax,white wall tire cleaner etc.Has anyone had experience with vinyl spray paint on cushions
Dick posted 01-18-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
3M makes a citrus cleaner in a spray can. I can't remember the part number but if it won't take it off nothing will. Haven't had any experience with do it yourself recoloring, but have seen some real nice pro jobs.
hardensheetmetal posted 01-18-2001 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I have this problem every year when I haul my boat out, I say I'm going to cover it, but, sure enough I don't get to it for several weeks. I used Star-Brite Black Streak remover on both the non-skid and the vinyl and it worked great. Let it sit for a minute or two before wiping off-

Dan Harden

Hank posted 01-19-2001 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hank  Send Email to Hank     
I've found that if all else fails, Acetone may clean your vinyl. Be warned that this solvent is very volatile, inflammable and should be applied outdoors.Apply and wipe off rapidly. Fortunately it's water soluble and can be removed after cleaning the vinyl by washing the cleaned surfaces with water.

I apply it by wetting a rag with a small amount of it and wiping the dirty area vigorously. I don't let it soak. I keep it off the gelcoat and any painted or varnished surfaces. I take the vinyl parts off the boat to clean them.


reeltime2 posted 01-19-2001 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for reeltime2  Send Email to reeltime2     
Be careful w/ that acetone!!!! I would stay away from it. It will turn vinyl brown and actualy eat it away.
tarbaby posted 01-19-2001 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
Acetone will ruin your vinyl! It will make it brittle.I tested it on the bottom of my RPS seat cushion and it took the color off. It became totally white where I wiped. On the otherhand, I don't see any problem with cleaning fiberglass with acetone as long as you are careful.
Hank posted 01-21-2001 12:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hank  Send Email to Hank     
To reiterate: I use acetone when ALL ELSE FAILS. I completely rejuvenated the old moldy and grimy vinyl surfaces on my '84 Montauk with acetone when I first purchased it. I've never had it turn the vinyl brown or brittle or eat it. I use it sparingly. I wipe it on vigorously on a small area at a time by applying a small amount on a cloth. After cleaning I wash the surface with water and apply a vinyl conditioner like Armorall. I did this to the pilot seat cover, cooler seat cushion and back rests in front of the console with great results.
Whalerdan posted 01-23-2001 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
As they say an ounce of prevention....

After you clean the seat, wipe it down with a thin coat of vasoline. I know it sounds weird. Keep it thin enough where the cusion doesn't feel greasy to the touch. It will keep stuff from staining it.

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