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All, little bit of opinion and how everyone does it.

How do you clean your boat seats, I put vinyl conditioner and stuff on them to protect.

But think beginning or end of year you want to give them a really good cleaning what should I use? Should I go get the vinyl cleaner.

Let me know your thoughts

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I have been using either Fantastik or Spray Nine to clean and then protect with 303 Vinyl Protectant for 20 years. Works great. For really tough stains, I use the Magic Eraser followed by 303.

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We use a magic eraser to clean all the vinyl, and then protect with the 303 protectant for vinyl. Just do it once in the spring, and then clean it up as needed during the year. However, its typically not needed.

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+2 on the 3M Vinyl cleaner/protectant cream

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Simple Green diluted down to 40:1, and Aerospace 303 protectant. Magic eraser for the tough spots, but it rubs away part of the vinyl while it is "erasing" the stain.

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I use "Amazing Roll Off" to clean them and this year i'm going to protect it with 303.

I do have a question though on the 303.... The stuff i ordered is in a spray bottle above everyone in mentioning a cream?

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I use "Amazing Roll Off" to clean them and this year i'm going to protect it with 303.

I do have a question though on the 303.... The stuff i ordered is in a spray bottle above everyone in mentioning a cream?

Aerospace 303 protectant comes in a pump spray bottle. Very much a liquid, looks like watery milk.

3M™ Marine Vinyl Cleaner, Conditioner, Protector, 09023, is a cream, or I believe 3M calls it a gel and claim it is easier to control than a liquid.

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Aerospace 303 protectant comes in a pump spray bottle. Very much a liquid, looks like watery milk. 3M™ Marine Vinyl Cleaner, Conditioner, Protector, 09023, is a cream, or I believe 3M calls it a gel and claim it is easier to control than a liquid.

I like the way the seats feel after the 3M. They are softer and not greasy.

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Which do you think is a better protectant? 3M or 303?

I like the UV protection of 303, but it has no cleaning properties and is pretty slick.

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I'm a big fan of the 303... But dang does it make the carpet slippery from over spray.

When I first bought the boat... It had been sitting outside uncovered for a while. Lysol bathroom cleaner (or something similar) and the magic eraser was the only thing that worked. Again... The 303 is the trick to making it last afte such aggressive cleaning.

From what Ive read, It's not nec. the vinyl that gives way... It's the thread that deteriorates from chemicals and UV light.

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The 3M stuff also protects from UV.

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I use the MeGuiars marine rubber and vinyl cleaner/protectant. It has some uv protection. Only when my wife gets nail polish on the sun pad do I resort to the Magic Erasers. They work too well If I use them all over and remove the coating on the cushions. Mostly what works the best for us is a 5 gallon pail of warm water and a microfiber cloth. A new microfiber works the best then I follow up with the MeGuiars as a protectant.

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You need to be careful with these cleaners. They strip away the outer layer of the vinyl. They should only be used if nothing else works. The life of the vinyl will drastically decrease once you strip way this layer. Here is a really helpful article I found that gave some great suggestions.... How to clean marine vinyl

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On 5/18/2012 at 0:44 PM, mpm330 said:

I like the way the seats feel after the 3M. They are softer and not greasy.

+1

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On 5/18/2012 at 9:18 AM, TXTWIN said:

We use a magic eraser to clean all the vinyl, and then protect with the 303 protectant for vinyl. Just do it once in the spring, and then clean it up as needed during the year. However, its typically not needed.

This is exactly what I finished doing today and typically only use it in the bad areas otherwise a microfiber. Exactly how I've done for years. Those magic eraser products are awesome but use sparingly. 

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How to Clean Marine Vinyl Fabric?

So last week I was having dinner with a friend of mine.

In between bites of Veggie Lo Mein, he asked me:

"How do you keep your boat clean? I’ve tried wiping it down, but my boat never looks as nice as your. What’s your secret?”

I'll tell you my secret. You need to treat boat seats like a small baby. You need to continuously clean and wipe them. You need to wipe them down with warm soapy water on a regular basis. Anytime someone spills on them or writes on them it's important to wipe it up right away. I always recommend the following.

  • Soap and Water - Warm Dish Soap and Water is the best way to safely clean Marine Vinyl. It may take some elbow grease, but if you clean your material every few weeks this method is the safest.
  • 3M Vinyl cleaner/protectant cream - This product is one of our favorites. It does a great job safely cleaning the surface of the Marine Vinyl Fabric and also adds a protectant layer to extend the life of the vinyl.
  • 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner - This product along with other mild cleaners are also ok to use.

Do Not and I repeat Do NOT Clean Marine Vinyl With Any Of The Following

  • POWER WASHER - Some people like to use a power washer on their vinyl, but this will damage the upholstery as it can pack too much pressure into one spot and can cause a rip in the material. 
  • MAGIC ERASER - Removes dirt, scuff marks and most anything that will be on your material including the protective outer coating. Some people will say this the best product to use, but be careful as it will remove more than you think.
  • Degreasers - This product will make your seats look very clean, but it will also wipe away layers of the protective coating weakening the material over time. Please note: degreasers might be necessary to clean up after extreme mold build up.  
  • Bleach - Bleach may appear to clean well for a time, but they clean by removing layers of finish along with the stained material on top of the finish. Vinyl is a porous material, similar to leather. The pores must be able to breathe, so be careful not to clog your vinyl's pores with suntan lotions, oils, etc. 
  • Goo B Gone - This product is great at removing sap, bird poop and other hard to remove messes, but this product will also remove the protective coating
  • 409 - Many People feel 409 and other cleaners are safe, but they really do more damage.
  • Gasoline - Many people will use gas as a cleaner as it will clean almost anything. This product is always available, but it's flammable stinks and is also to harsh for Marine Vinyl fabric.

Here are a few additional tricks that we have used. Disclaimer we only use these if we really have an issue that warm soapy water can't fix.

  • Pen Marks - Many people use marine vinyl as a table cloth in restaurants. Since most people pay with with a credit card pen marks become a huge problem. The good news is SUNSCREEN works wonders and will take pen marks out. Try It!

We hope you found this list helpful. Remember proper vinyl cleaning and maintenance increases the life of your boats interior. It is best to clean your boat every few weeks and keep it covered when not in use. When your boat seats are covered birds can't poop on it and the sun can't harm it. 

If you have any other questions about cleaning Marine Vinyl shoot us an email at Sales@MarineVinylFabric.com

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 I have used bleach at 12 noon every week on spider poop stains. Got the stain out in 2 to 4 minutes with Clorox or 409 , a white cloth & rubbing & wetting . Did it for decades on lots of boats...............Forgot most important part. Stain is gone from rubbing? Use a separate clean WATER SOAKED CLOTH   to remove any bleach  / cleaner.  Done on the plastic of the 2002 every summer.  BLEACH ONLY on the WHITE color...............

409 on colors...... Never a faded spot.

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The company that makes the vinyl for chap, lists 409 as an acceptable cleaner.

i have been using vinyl sauce and protectant.

i dont think the protectant is better. or worse than 303,just one less place to order from.

i do like the vinyl  sauce cleans well and protects.

jk

 

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18 hours ago, jeffk said:

The company that makes the vinyl for chap, lists 409 as an acceptable cleaner.

i have been using vinyl sauce and protectant.

i dont think the protectant is better. or worse than 303,just one less place to order from.

i do like the vinyl  sauce cleans well and protects.

jk

 

+1 and Cabelas carries them all and now so does West Marine.

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