recovering bolsters and bench seat

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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby RT4YT » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:54 pm

When I picked my boat up from service at my WC dealer, it was the first time I ever saw what can be called mold, purple spots, or whatever. To me, it looked like too much sun and I thought the upholstery was ruined. However, I was told to try "Greased Lightning" spray that is sold in hardware stores. I sprayed this stuff on and the vinyl become the most horrible dripping orange color. Then after a quick scrub with a brush and hosing off, the vinyl looked new again!

The "spots" come back now and then, but I spray, scrub and hose and my boat looks great again. I don't know what the active ingredient is, but the stuff works. See photos.
1. Sticky filthy seating.jpg
2. Filth is all around boat.jpg
3. Spots and grime.jpg
4. First attempt to clean works.jpg
5. Half hour of effort.jpg
270SD, twin Suzuki 225, Raymarine C80 Super System, 2kw Radome, DSM 300, Icom 502, Navman 3100 Fuel, Clarion stereo, 2nd livewell, power steering, hardtop, high bow rail, windlass, swim platform, Permatrims, many customizations. Boat name: Hip Nautic.

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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby RT4YT » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:56 pm

The rest of the photos....
6. Half hour of effort view 2.jpg
7. Fast easy clean up.jpg
8. Clean boat1.jpg
9. Clean boat2.jpg
270SD, twin Suzuki 225, Raymarine C80 Super System, 2kw Radome, DSM 300, Icom 502, Navman 3100 Fuel, Clarion stereo, 2nd livewell, power steering, hardtop, high bow rail, windlass, swim platform, Permatrims, many customizations. Boat name: Hip Nautic.

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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby RT4YT » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:01 pm

Hopefully, you will be able to enlarge the photos I posted to see the crap that just "appeared!" And that you will see that the crap is 100% gone in the last few photos. The product is sold in my area in the hardware chain stores that belong to "Ace Hardware."

Russ
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby Taylor » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:15 pm

I tried Hydrogen Peroxide and it did OK. I'm getting the impression that nothing is going to completely remove the purple from the vinyl. I'm beginning to think that the reason we have mold is that the foam inside the coaming pads is not sealed. If I press up against the padding after a rain a lot of water comes out. This has to be mold breeding grounds. The cushions on the captain chairs are wrapped in plastic. The one on the starboard side wasn't done right and there was some moisture getting into the foam. This cushion got a bit of the purple spots but not anywhere near as fast as the coaming pads. The port side chair cushion was well covered in plastic and wasn't wet and there was no purple mold.

I suppose that if you took off a coaming pad, let it dry out, turned it upside down, and dump a bottle of hydrogen peroxide into the drain holes you could stop the growth for a while. I have no idea if that is easy to do or how long it would last. Anybody want to try and let us know?
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby Taylor » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:20 pm

RT4YT wrote:Hopefully, you will be able to enlarge the photos I posted to see the crap that just "appeared!" And that you will see that the crap is 100% gone in the last few photos. The product is sold in my area in the hardware chain stores that belong to "Ace Hardware."
Russ


Russ, I don't think that we have the same problem. I didn't see any purple mold. It's very distinct. Still, I'm more than willing to try your solution after I try the two commercial mold removers that I still have to try.
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby saildgm » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:41 am

I tried the Greased Lightning, did not work, tired 3M mold remover....nothing, bar keepers friend....nada. Even tried On/Off and that did not remove it, althought it might burn thru my seat vinyl (I made sure to wash it throughly after that test)!

Is there a special brand of Greased Lightning? I bought the commercial grade in a white bottle.

How much is it to have a new seat and back sent to me for a 250SF?
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby NO REGRETS » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:23 am

what about bleach or pool chlorine.just keep it away from the stitching.i have been using it on my vinyl for 10 years. no, i never had purple spots to begin with but bleach kills mold and mildue. i agree it sounds like a foam issue to begin with.takes about 20 minutes or less, contact time, and works best in direct sun.
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby Taylor » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:19 pm

NO REGRETS wrote:what about bleach or pool chlorine.just keep it away from the stitching.i have been using it on my vinyl for 10 years. no, i never had purple spots to begin with but bleach kills mold and mildue. i agree it sounds like a foam issue to begin with.takes about 20 minutes or less, contact time, and works best in direct sun.


I wonder if your foam is sealed?
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby NO REGRETS » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:37 am

I can tell that water does get in the coaming cushions , when you lean on them some times water sqeezes out. that couuld be trapped between the vinyl and the foam. I believe its all closed cell foam. mold and mildue need dark, cool, damp areas to grow.bleach handles it.stay away from stitching.
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Re: recovering bolsters and bench seat

Postby abfish » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:14 am

Be careful with the Greased Lightning. In its undiluted form, it is a strong alkaline cleaner, and can corrode aluminum. I believe the label warns against using around aluminum.

I found this out the hard way on a car engine with aluminum valve covers, before I bothered to read the label.
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