Any effective way to whiten vinyl cushions?

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  1. Katemma Life

    Katemma Life Member

    67
    Oct 7, 2018
    cape cod
    2007 sea ray 290 SLX
    Twin mercruiser MAG 350 MPI w/ Bravo III
    Have a bow rider. The cushions are originally white but have discolored over the years. Is there any effective products out there to bring them back to their original white color?
     
  2. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I've tried a lot of cleaners over the years, but for vinyl seats I've settled on Spray 9 followed with 303 vinyl protector. For stains, a cloth dampened with bleach - lay it on the stain for a few minutes then rinse well - keep the bleach away from any seams or stitching. Spray the seats with the Spray 9, scrub with a stiff brush, rinse/wipe dry, then apply the 303. Avoid using anything with abrasives in it like soft scrub or magic eraser - they initially make the seats look clean, but over time they actually damage the vinyl. I am sure there are other products (Star Brite makes some good ones) that work just as well, but this has become my goto vinyl cleaner. Do this in the spring, then it's just a wipe down occasionally during the summer.
     
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  3. Katemma Life

    Katemma Life Member

    67
    Oct 7, 2018
    cape cod
    2007 sea ray 290 SLX
    Twin mercruiser MAG 350 MPI w/ Bravo III
    thanks BillK
     
  4. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    The sun does wonders as well. I had a leaf stain one time. Scrubbed with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Then sat it in the sun for a few hours and all gone.

    Bennett
     
  5. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Try LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner for deep cleaning the seats.
    Rinse well and once dry, treat them with 303 Aerospace Protectant.
     
  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG I know of a person who got tired of the color of an expensive leather sofa and dyed it a completely different color. It looked like a brand new piece of furniture and still looks great. You might look into products for vinyl if cushions are in good condition.
     
  7. ocgrant

    ocgrant Member

    44
    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    Princess 46
    3208TA Cats
    4U cleaner degreaser did wonders for mine. Otherwise SEM vinyl dye is super easy to use
     
  8. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    758
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2008 Meridian 341
    2004 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    6.2's
    This ones simple.

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    = crazy clean vinyl.

    You're welcome.
     
  9. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    You can clean them, sand them and dye them... If your happy with that result you are good to go. If your trying to make them look new again then you should consider redoing the vinyl. It's not that expensive...
    We did it with our boat when we bought it. But we only redid the vinyl that was not like new. The shop matched it perfect and we were very happy with the result.
     
  10. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Stay away from Magic Erasers when it comes time to clean your vinyl. They’re abrasive and will knock down the texture in the material.
    If your cushions are really bad, then the method that Bobeast outlined above is your best bet.
    That’s what I did on my kids 18’ Bowrider to buy a little time. I got two seasons out of it, but their cushions were really bad and are exposed to the sun a lot.
    They need to be replaced now.
     
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  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Please only use the "Mr Clean" type cleaning pads as a very last alternative and not part of the regular cleaning process. They work like very fine sand paper removing the outer coating of the vinyl. This will only accelerate any the process of the vinyl drying out.

    -Kevin
     
  12. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    To properly deal with this you need to understand where the discoloration is coming from. Is it surface dirty, a surface marking, an absorbed stain, surface mold growth or sub surface mold growth? Once we now where it is coming from we can come up with a corrective action for cleaning.

    However, many people fight this year after year when the discoloration is coming from sub surface mold growth. When the mold is set into the underside of the material it continues to grow to the surface each year. When this is the case you have two options - recover or paint. Bleaching will temporarily kill the mold in the top surface but will also dry out the vinyl and the stitching. You many be able to get a good look for a couple of years but eventually the material will dry and crack or the stitching will give out. Recovering will obviously remove the problem and painting will encapsulate it for a while.

    -Kevin
     
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