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prm1177 posted 02-24-2003 07:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for prm1177   Send Email to prm1177  
I'm buying a user 99 Outrage 17 and everything looks in good shape with one exception; the vinyl for the console seat and leaning post is stained yellow. The boat was left out without a cover for a couple of years. The vinyl actually appears in good condition otherwise.

Anyone have any tips on removing this yellowing or re-dying the vinyl? Or is my best option to just have them recovered?

doobee posted 02-24-2003 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
There's an Avon product called Skin So Soft that does a great job cleaning vinyl. it works really well on the rub rail. I don't know for sure it will work on yellowing but it's worth a try.
witsendfl posted 02-24-2003 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for witsendfl  Send Email to witsendfl     
(2) Ideas...
Who knows what the staining is from. Probably came from a new bathing suit, or suntan lotion. Soak down the cushions real good with a hose and water. Use TILEX. let it sit for a while scrub with a green scratchy pad, let it sit for 10 minutes, rince real well and let sun-dry. Make sure and rince real well. Tilex has a tendency to break down certain kinds of stitching (sp). DO NOT APPLY to any kind of stitched colored logo.

Last resort... there is a vinyl seat spray that does work rather well available at Discount Auto Parts.

witsendfl Jim K

Bigshot posted 02-25-2003 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
tilex has not use bleach. Try soft scrub on an area or westley's bleach white tire cleaner. If no dice, buy a $5 can of spray dye at your local auto parts store like Jim said.
JoeH posted 02-25-2003 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
Would a paste of the wonder rust/stain remover bar keepers friend work? It has cleaned everything else on our Outrage. Joe
Barry posted 02-25-2003 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I've read you should start mild and work your way up to more aggressive cleaners.

Something like this:
1) damp cloth
2) dishwashing liquid
3) Formula 409 or Fantastik
4) ammonia and water
5) bleach and water
6) naphtha (lighter fluid)
7) isopropyl alcohol and water
8) acetone and water

Warning: your mileage may vary, your stitching may dissolve, your vinyl may change color!

BWdaunt18 posted 02-25-2003 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for BWdaunt18  Send Email to BWdaunt18     
I have a bad stain as well. Bought a life preserver. Plastic packaging came in contact with cushion in storage bin and stained it.

have tried numerous household luck. Will try product form auto parts store. Thanks.

Also have problem with stains on deck from black bottom shoes. Heck of a time getting this up. What works?

spotsnspecks posted 02-26-2003 02:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for spotsnspecks  Send Email to spotsnspecks     
The best thing for the stains on the front deck (from black soled shoes) is a few pairs of those booties from WalMart 5$ each or less. to carry on board. Your guests will remember how goofy they look in them and bring thier own clear bottom shoes next time. Although I have a friend who actually likes wearing MY goofy slip on waverunner stlyle shoes. I ALWAYS take a picture of him in them. Oh well-- no more black streaks for me and EVERYONE gets pictures.
Bigshot posted 02-26-2003 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My wife wears all kinds of crap on my boat. She thinks the beach is a fashion show to show her friends what she got a "Payless". Until she twists her ankle, she won't change. Funny thing is I have NEVER had a black streak on my deck.
Swellmonster posted 03-08-2003 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Kinda like the stain on the toater from the bag of bread. It aint coming off!
Speaking ofa black streak, oh well, forget it.
waterwal posted 03-08-2003 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for waterwal  Send Email to waterwal     
I did not know this until someone told me recently. Either I was very ignorant or I'm hearing an urban myth....

I was told that a combination of bleach and ammonia creates mustard gas. If this is true, and considering that I consider myself relatively well informed and still didn't know this, I thought it would be an apt post here. If anyone know that this is untrue, please correct me.

prm1177 posted 03-08-2003 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
To continute the saga, I spent a couple of hours in pre-season cleanup on theboat today. A close inspection of the stains oddly showed that they were at both the front and back of the console seate cushion. After a few minutes of Holmesian deduction, I realized that the stains came from "frickin suntan lotion on someone's legs". Spent the better part of 3 hours scrubbing with Starbrite Vinyl cleaner and actually got about 85% off.

Will return next weekend with more cleaner and a lot more motivation to see how close to 100% I can get.


Far North posted 03-10-2003 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Far North  Send Email to Far North     

Yes, bleach and ammonia are an evil mixture. You can damage you lungs--big time.

Check it out:



prm1177 posted 03-11-2003 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Bleach and ammonia do not create mustard gas, but the chemical reaction will release chlorine gas, which is nasty when inhaled.
adaco posted 09-23-2004 02:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for adaco  Send Email to adaco     
I followed a suggestion from someone in an earlier post and tried mineral spirits on some teak oil staining on my RPS. After first testing it on the underside of the seat, I used it on the stain and the mineral spirits eliminated it with no harm to the vinyl finish.

I mention that because a friend used acetone to clean his vinyl top and it changed the surface of the vinyl in such a way that it actually attracted dirt from then on.

jimh posted 09-23-2004 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A discussion of proper vinyl cleaners came up during one of our week-long cruises this summer. One product mentioned was called "303".

That might possibly be:

303 Fabric/Vinyl Convertible Top Cleaner

but I think the fellas were really talking about this one:

303 Aerospace Protectant

Coincidently, just yesterday I met a young fellow who was in the boat waxing business for a couple of years. He told me that Murphy's Oil Soap was what they used to clean vinyl upholstery. He said it gave it a nice shine, too.

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