View Full Version : What do you use to remove stains on seats?

08-31-2004, 10:02 PM
Our boat is only 7 months old, but the ski school that had it in LA let the seats get a stain all over them. I've tried several cleaners (3M, soap, mildew remover and no luck.
Anyone got this same problem or what would you recommend using?
I've heard the 303 stuff is good.
(sorry I don't have any pictures to show it).

08-31-2004, 10:50 PM
I've heard that MC sells an upholstery cleaner that is really good. Check with some dealers. Not terribly pricey, either.

08-31-2004, 11:40 PM
Straight from my cleaning expert, (my wife knows all cleaning issues) bleach and water, and the bleach will kill the mildew also. May have some other side effects, don't spill the bleach on your carpet while mixing, etc, and use gloves. That is what we normally use or just vinegar and water for light cleaning. Cheapest way to go and it works.

She also has the commercial version, called Scrubbing Bubbles Mildew stain remover that is also definitely bleach if you smell it.

It sometimes takes a toothbrush or some bristle cleaning tool to get the mildew out.

Good luck!

east tx skier
09-01-2004, 11:13 AM
I have never heard anything but not to use bleach on the vinyl. Even when it is dilluted, I'd be very worried about using it given the cost of new skins. I've heard glowing reviews of the MC cleaner and it doesn't seem too pricey. My $.02.

09-01-2004, 11:14 AM
Be very carefull with bleach, It can be hard on the threading.

09-01-2004, 12:16 PM
I think I would be a little afraid of bleach too..

09-01-2004, 05:40 PM
Good points, dilute the bleach, wring your rag out, it isn't a pour it on cleaner! Bleach is the real agent in many cleaners. If my threads fall out I'll know why! :eek: No problem in 4 years.

09-01-2004, 07:07 PM
I have had great luck with Fantastic. It is one of the cleaners that is reccomend for use by G&T (the vinyl people).

303 is a protectant not a cleaner. That being said I use it religiously on my vinyl and gel coat.

09-01-2004, 10:47 PM
I use mild soap(Dawn) and water for just the everyday stuff. For something that that won't get, I use watered down Soft Scrub; gets it out everytime.

09-07-2004, 03:48 PM
303 also has a cleaner-->http://www.303products.com/main.php?infopage=aerospacecleaner.

09-07-2004, 04:15 PM
If you download the 2004 owners manual, theres a list of what mc does and does not recomend. fantastik, 303, and dawn were on the ok list.

09-07-2004, 04:38 PM

Did you get the stains out yet? Keep us posted.

09-13-2004, 10:56 AM
I had a friend that used hairspray to get a couple bleed through towel stains out of his white interior.

10-30-2004, 01:51 PM
I have been using 3M Fiberglass Restorer and Cleaner to get some oxidation out of my gelcoat. The previous owner or dealer left a couple of grease stains. I tried using it on a grease stain on my vinyl, it worked great! Using a very small amount on a slightly moist rag, the rubbing compound just barely gave me the effect I wanted. I had to apply a bit of pressure to get it to do anything. It got the stain out and did not mar the shine of the vinyl.