Cost to professionally clean a canopy

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  1. Indiana

    Indiana Member

    41
    Apr 12, 2018
    Sundancer 290 1992
    Twin 170HP Mercruser Inboard Engines
    Sea Ray Sundancer 29 (1992)

    Looking for an approx cost to clean and re-proof a canopy in the UK

    I will be moving from Brighton to Portishead in one months time if anyone knows of someone who's reasonable at either location?

    I might do it myself (Weather good for another week or two), but would need to know what solutions ect to buy.

    Many thanks,
    Indy Sea Ray Sundancer - Sapphire.jpg
     
  2. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
  3. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Go here, https://www.sunbrella.com/en-us/how-to-clean instructions on how to clean Sunbrella, then protect with 303 mentioned above. It's really a DIY job, no point in paying someone to do it unless you just want to.
     
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  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    As others have said this easy DIY. My 340 took three (3) bottles of 303 to do the entire canvas. You've got a lot more glass than I had so I bet you'd be good with 2....
     
  5. Indiana

    Indiana Member

    41
    Apr 12, 2018
    Sundancer 290 1992
    Twin 170HP Mercruser Inboard Engines
    Hi,

    Thanks for your comments guys.

    Is there anything stopping me from cleaning/re-proofing the canopy in-situ or would I need to remove the canvas and clean them individually.

    In-situ I could just as easily cover all the canvas.

    Thanks,
    Indy
     
  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I typically clean my entire canvas while installed on the boat. I then remove everything other than the bimini's and spray the 303 on them while they sit on the grass. Reinstall and let dry for the day. I spray the bimin's in-place, on the boat.

    The only downside (in my opinion) in doing the entire thing while installed on the boat is the 303 overspray. But it probably doesn't hurt anything if you wipe it off the glass panels and fiberglass as you go.
     
  7. Indiana

    Indiana Member

    41
    Apr 12, 2018
    Sundancer 290 1992
    Twin 170HP Mercruser Inboard Engines
    Hi,

    You've convinced me to take the canvas off whilst spraying with 303 Fabric Guard.

    So what should I use to clean off all the algae and guano, and there's lots & lots heavily embedded in the fabric (Possibly for at least 3 years)
    Any particular solution or would soap & water be enough?

    Indy
     
  8. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    From the sunbrella.com link above:

    General Or Light Cleaning

    To clean Sunbrella while still on a boat, follow these simple steps:

    • Brush off loose dirt.
    • Hose down.
    • Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid.
    • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
    • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
    • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
    • Air dry.
    • May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.
    If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains a strong degreaser may be required.

    See our Stain Chart for specifc recommendations.

    Heavy Cleaning For Stubborn Stains And Mildew
    Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean stubborn stains:

    • Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of clean water.
    • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes.
    • Blot stain with a sponge or clean towel.Note: This step should be avoided when cleaning the coated side (Back side) of Sunbrella SeaMark, Plus, Supreme, or Clarity.
    • Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
    • Air dry.
    Note: Use caution when cleaning the coated (underside) of Sunbrella SeaMark, Plus, Supreme, or Clarity with the recommended bleach solution. The coated side of the fabric should only be sprayed with the recommended bleach solution and rinsed thoroughly.

    Remember to protect the area around your Sunbrella if using a bleach solution. Carpet or other fabrics that are not Sunbrella may have an adverse reaction to the bleach.
     
  9. HavnFunYet?

    HavnFunYet? Member

    159
    Mar 16, 2008
    Michigan
    1998 Sea Ray 370 DA
    310 Mercury Hypalon w 9.9 Merc
    454 Mercruiser 7.4 MPI's
    How in the world did you go through three bottles of 303 on that small amount of canvas?!?!
     
  10. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Ummm? Applied per the directions? It's entirely possible I went a little heavier than some but it surely was not a 1 bottle job. I've got several 1/2 bottles left so I suppose I should have been more precise....I used 2.487 bottles each time I did it :)
     
  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Maybe it depends on the size of the bottle. I purchase the protection products by the gallon and use spray pumps to coat. In my case I rarely use the full bottle on my 340.

    -Kevin
     
  12. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Good point. I use the noted 2.5 bottles whilst buying the 32oz size. This would suggest I'm using roughly 80 total ounces to cover a 340. Something close to 0.625 gallons.

    Now with that clarification someone is probably going to tell me I'm not using enough :)
     
  13. Indiana

    Indiana Member

    41
    Apr 12, 2018
    Sundancer 290 1992
    Twin 170HP Mercruser Inboard Engines
    OK guys I'm ready to buy some 303 canvas cleaner and re-proofer.

    Reading your conversation about the amount you have used, can you tell me how many 500ml bottles of EACH I would need to cover the whole of the hood.

    Here's the picture of my Sundancer 29 again.

    Indy Sea Ray Sundancer - Sapphire.jpg
     
  14. Indiana

    Indiana Member

    41
    Apr 12, 2018
    Sundancer 290 1992
    Twin 170HP Mercruser Inboard Engines
    Hi Guys, No need to get back to me, I ordered 1LT of each, and a pump spray can ... Hope the weather remains good the week after next :O)
     
  15. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Get the refills and a hand pump sprayer from the garden center. Not the trigger type but the pump up type. Better for coverage and saves your hand.

    -Kevin
     
  16. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    509
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    I have black sunbrella canvas. For years, I wash with water, soap, cup of bleach after winter. After it dries I spray it with 303 and extra 303 along the stitching. As long as your stitching is not cotton, you'll be fine. No sunbrella does not change color with bleach.

    On the inside, I use Clorox wipes, kills the mold spores and looks like new. Easy peezy.
     
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