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Old 04-27-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default How do I remove Pink Stains on Vinyl cushions

Pink stains have appeared on my vinyl seat cushions. We were told they just "appeared" on the cushions by the gentleman who looks after the boat when we are not there. The stains dont appear to be mold. Any idea what they could be and how to remove them? Have tried scrubbing and a white magic eraser sponge but to no avail. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. GWIreland
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Its glue leaking through. Can't clean it.
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http://www.chemicalfabricsandfilm.co...moldmarine.pdf
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had this happen to many new boats was told by factory its a nonwarrantable problem because its actually like a fungus and cant get removed
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I've been told its a fungus that can't be removed. I have had it happen to several boats I've owned no matter how clean they are kept.
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There is a product called "Cillit Bang" (purple bottle) that will remove it, but I am not sure if it is sold in the USA.
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There is a product called "Cillit Bang" (purple bottle) that will remove it, but I am not sure if it is sold in the USA.
Can't get it in the USA....

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I think scarabchris had a thread about this about a year ago?

I would try letting a bleach based cleaner soak in on it. Put a white rag on top of the spot and soak with bleach, or perhaps soft scrub with bleach or similar, or maybe chris will chime in with whatever worked for him.

I think my detailer actually used a paste of liquid bleach and some other cleaner on my cushions and they came out surprisingly clean. Of course, I have no idea what long term damage the bleach may do to the vinyl but after a few years it's all downhill either way.

Edit, hmm, here is the thread I was thinking of: Strange stains on upholstery
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I seem to recall that the cause of the red stains is a type of vinyl that was used. It's a mold/mildew that will never leave completely. Topical applications of bleaching agents will reduce the coloration for awhile, but ultimately you'll either replace the vinyl or sell the boat.
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If nothing else works, there are paints and dyes for vinyl upholstry.
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When I worked at a Bayliner dealer a few years ago, we would replace them under warranty. Everyone thought it was some type of mold but we never really knew. We did know the pink wouldn't come out no matter what. Other boats had this happen as well.
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I think scarabchris had a thread about this about a year ago?

I would try letting a bleach based cleaner soak in on it. Put a white rag on top of the spot and soak with bleach, or perhaps soft scrub with bleach or similar, or maybe chris will chime in with whatever worked for him.

I think my detailer actually used a paste of liquid bleach and some other cleaner on my cushions and they came out surprisingly clean. Of course, I have no idea what long term damage the bleach may do to the vinyl but after a few years it's all downhill either way.

Edit, hmm, here is the thread I was thinking of: Strange stains on upholstery
Yup....And I had those cushions completely redone and less than a year later the stains are back. I am convinced its a crappy grade of material as it is not happening to the blue, only that textured silver. I am going to have all the upholstery redone yet again with a different brand of material.
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Yup....And I had those cushions completely redone and less than a year later the stains are back. I am convinced its a crappy grade of material as it is not happening to the blue, only that textured silver. I am going to have all the upholstery redone yet again with a different brand of material.
Could it be something in the foam causing the problem?
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Rubbing alcohol removes a lot of stains. Takes ink off of anything. You could try that! Goodluck
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I had a similar stain show up on my bowrider back when it was new. I thought it was a stain from a new towel or life jacket. It faded out after being out in the sun for a bit. I went to see if I could clean it and it was just gone...
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if the problem is in an area where water polls after it rains like scarabchris indicated in his thread you might want to think about an area cover (sunbrella) to keep the area dry when the boat is not in use...

i used to get some of that on my cockpit bolsters at times but it was pretty minor and bkleach took care of it...ive never seen it as bad as on chris' boat...
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There have been earlier threads on this, search - pink discoloring on vinyl. It is a mold from the foam backing. I used a garden product, Ortho fungicide for roses. Brushed it on full strength and let sit for a few days then washed it off. Original stains were gone but new ones appeared in the untreated areas later in the summer. Before storing the bolsters for the winter treated the whole surface and left it on till spring. No more problem. That was in '08.
Additional tip. Got a mold problem on your north facing roof shingles? Use a double or triple stength rose mix and spray the roof. May have to do it more than once though, tuff stuff.
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The link I posted has a study on what it is and everything. Good read.
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Probably not glue issue, although there have been cases that if it's wide spread.

Anyway, I got the pink stains off my vinyl -- I had to invent a clearer but it works. It from a fungi's excrement. Believe it or not. Nothing else I tried worked. My brother has a pHd in bio-chem... we sorted it out.

PM me with you want to help me test it -- no promises. It hasn't damaged my vinyl after several weeks in the sun.

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I used Clearasil - no joke - to get off the pink stains from my bolsters..... worked well
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The pink stains on mine were from the antifreeze used in winterization from the dealer where I used to store the boat. ? Is this a possibility for you? Never tried to remove them. I also have a couple orange stains but they are from spray on suntan lotion friends used when fishing.
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