Peak Cleaner for Vinyl?

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Billfletcher, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    I have grey/dark staining on some of my white vinyl seats in the cockpit. I have tried several different products including simple green, and nothing is working. I have heard "Peak, or is it Peek" cleaner works well? I searched the web, and this site, and didnt find much. Thanks.
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    No experience with it, but... I've seen spots like you describe - if you don't know how the spots got there, it sounds like, for whatever reason, the vinyl is at the end of it's life. Is the vinyl also a bit on the "hard" side?

    Try a 4:1 mixture of water to bleach - saturate a white rag and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse well. If that doesn't do the trick, it's time to start budgeting for new vinyl.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  3. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    I am using "Meguiars Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner and Conditioner" http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.do?q=4682 for quick clean-up and "Malco Leather and Plastic Cleaner" http://www.malcoautomotive.com/Leath...r-details.aspx to deep clean.

    The Malco really cleans anything I have gotten on my cockpit seats except some red mold that NOTHING has touched but a little sun fade. It has cleaned grease, foods, drinks and the recurring black stuff that rubs off the cover in transport. Meguiars did not clean some of this, especially the black stuff from the cover. So, why use both? The Meguiars leaves a nice feeling finish, I coat the seats, let them dry some, then buff. They feel supple and new with a nice sheen on 13 year old vinyl.

    My mistake was: while working on a project in the bilge I left the cockpit table face down on the side lounger. Whe I finished the project 10 days or so later I had red stains on the vinyl. I assumed this was some kind of mold. I have tried most of the things I have heard on this site including Magic E, bleach, vinegar, the cleaners, and carb cleaner as a solvent. Anything I missed? MM ​
     
  4. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    Serious Marine Cleaner
     
  5. 07street

    07street New Member

    56
    Jun 6, 2010
    middle tn
    97 300 DA
    twin 5.7's v-drive
    i have used a product called Roll-Off it works !!!
     
  6. MikeWood

    MikeWood Member

    107
    Jan 19, 2012
    Seneca Creek, Baltimore
    2008 270 Amberjack
    6.2 MPI & Bravo III
    magic eraser!
     
  7. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 New Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1 & 135 Honda OB
    I would avoid this!!! Not a good idea at all
     
  8. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives

    If the next option is replacing the vinyl, well... give it a try! Work through the progression and find what works.
     
  9. CliffA

    CliffA Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    when i purchased my boat a couple years ago the vinyl had mildew spots/stains that would not come off...like many others i tried almost everything known to mankind to remove the spots/stains....i eventually gave up and decided to use the SEM marine vinyl spray coating to recoat the vinyl...i found a color that very closely matched the original color of the vinyl.....it worked very well and is still holding up nicely....i will mention that the rear seats on my boat had the worst stains so i really attacked those seats hard with various cleaners and chemicals including bleach....as a result those seats became very brittle and devleoped cracks and tears at the seam so i had to have them recovered this winter...just a word of caution about attacking the vinyl with a bunch of chemicals...you could damage the vinyl even further as well as weakening the thread used in the seams....cliff[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  10. ImpulseIII

    ImpulseIII Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore/Venice FL
    2001 410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    Do a web search on a company called Fibrenew. They did some repairs and stain removal on my boat as well as several others at the marina, all with good results. I would bet there is a franchise in your area.
     
  11. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    Thanks for the input guys. Actually, i was mistaken. Peak is a stainless cleaner. The product that someone i know used on their seat to remove some heavy staining was the magic eraser. i'll probably give that a shot on the few spots that need it, and then use a milder product for general, everyday cleaning. Come summer i will routinely have 4 to 6 kids on board during the weekends, so my cockpit area gets worked. So long as they dont clog the head with TP, I am good.
     
  12. CliffA

    CliffA Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

    magic eraser is a very good cleaner, although it is mildy abrasive...i use it a lot and sometimes i am amazed at the stuff it removes...i would recomend you always treat your vinyl with a good vinyl protectant after you scrub it with a magic eraser...if you use it on gelcoat you may find that you will loose the shine and have to rewax that area...for any of the vinyl that gets replaced on my boat i am going to try and avoid using magic eraser unless abosolutely needed....i don't want to take the chance of removing the inherent protective layer of the new vinyl with the abrasiveness of the ME....

    cliff
     
  13. Last Dollar

    Last Dollar New Member

    171
    May 10, 2011
    Huntington WV boating the Ohio River and lakes in
    Sea Ray 225
    5.0 Mercruiser
    I had a friend who used this stuff on a later model abused bow rider Sea Ray and it really worked well. You could not tell it was painted!! I would try this before using some harsh chemicals that may distroy the vinyl material.
     
  14. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    This sounds like good stuff, thanks for the info on it guys. I'll have to file this away in case I ever need it. My '95 175 has a few mildew stains I have been unable to get rid of for years (never tried Magic Eraser though).

    They have all kinds of colors, some even Sea Ray specific!

    http://www.repaintsupply.com/cat-sem-marine.cfm

    Tom
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  15. CliffA

    CliffA Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions

    i found the Sea Ray color 'mystic white' was almost a perfect match of the color of my hull....

    cliff
     
  16. heatonj

    heatonj New Member

    6
    Aug 18, 2010
    grand haven michigan
    270 sundancer 1985, Raymarine 425 chart/plotter
    305 twins
    when i had the seats done on my old boat the guy said to use whats called "Totally Awesome". You can get it at dollar stores for $1 in a spray bottle or a gallon jug you need to mix for $3. He said its an all natural cleaner so it wont dry out the vinyl like other cleaners. Ever since I have used it on everything from grease removal to touch up cleaning on the hull. My wife was about to throw away a load of laundry because our 4 year old left a crayon in her pocket and it went through the dryer ruining abunch of the cloths, she saw a web site that said to soak the stains with Totally Awesome and it worked like a charm.
     
  17. Sum Escape

    Sum Escape New Member

    377
    Apr 7, 2009
    West Michigan
    2006 Grand Banks 47 Europa
    C 9 503 HP CATs
    +1 on the Awesome. Works great.
     

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