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XStar08
12-02-2012, 04:50 PM
Just bought some vinyl shampo in a diy shop but by trying to get my upholstery nicely white and clean again, nothing happens. So before I am going to invest too much time my question is how do you get that vinyl back to almost new condition (beside the condition of the fillings) and what do you use?

Thank's for your help.

Aric'sX15
12-02-2012, 06:03 PM
i use babes seat soap on my x-15, but i used some turtle wax upholstery foam with the scrubber on the cap on my 205V when the vinyl was really dirty.

g-mantrix
12-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Malco leather & vinyl cleaner, ive used a few different products and always thought they were great, but Malco is by far the best cleaner with minimal scrubbing with a soft bristle brush, oh then finish off with 303 protectant

pram
12-03-2012, 01:53 PM
When I cleaned my upholstery for the first time in my 91 I had, nothing would touch it and I mean nothing.

I ended up using magic erasers, black streak remover for an RV and lots of water. Never letting it sit on the material.

Then a lot of 303 after that, actually rubbing it into the upholstery with my hands prior to wiping it

VP46
12-03-2012, 02:00 PM
Bought an '02 x-star this summer and the vinyl was gray... after cleaning with "Babes" and a soft brush (Like tooth for the stitching and a Nail brush for larger areas) it is GLEAMING white again!

02ProstarSammyD
12-03-2012, 02:04 PM
I like using la's totally awesome orange to get off dirt, etc. Remarkable stuff found at the dollar store
magic eraser if something just won't gtfo (small marks)
Star brite mildew remover for mildew etc
Star brite vinyl polish and cleaner to whiten it up (love this stuff)
303 to finish it all off


be careful with the magic eraser. It is abrasive and if you use it enough it will dull.tear apart your seats.

pram
12-03-2012, 02:28 PM
I agree with the watching of the magic erasers.

I wonder if the old vinyl is thicker and able to have a more rigorous cleaning done to it???

ccelia
12-03-2012, 02:58 PM
Ive use Lexol (which can be purchased at most local auto parts stores) with a microfiber followed by 303 to protect the vinyl. Works great and never had to scrub the vinyl hard at all.

wtrjock
12-03-2012, 03:21 PM
Our 2005 X10 is getting a little yellow on the seams. I made the mistake of the magic eraser one year...dulled my seats. Took a lot of 303 to get the shine back.

Anyone have a good fix for the yellowing?

Travis
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02ProstarSammyD
12-03-2012, 03:22 PM
I wonder if the old vinyl is thicker and able to have a more rigorous cleaning done to it???

I've never really been scared to scrub it hard with a brissel brush which is really what you need. The la orange is pretty strong stuff. Think anything above that would damage any vinyl.

VP46
12-03-2012, 06:20 PM
Our 2005 X10 is getting a little yellow on the seams. I made the mistake of the magic eraser one year...dulled my seats. Took a lot of 303 to get the shine back.

Anyone have a good fix for the yellowing?

Travis
Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 2


I use babes and a Toothbrush.... there are some before after pics in this thread:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=888697#post888697

JohnE
12-03-2012, 06:33 PM
I've never used it, but heard a lot of good things about the Malco product.

blackTT
12-03-2012, 10:57 PM
Any Aussies know if we can buy babes products in Australia?

Sodar
12-04-2012, 12:51 AM
Malco worked Incredibly Awesome.

Just be sure to rinse the vinyl and stitching.

XStar08
12-05-2012, 05:00 PM
Thank you all for the feedback. So I'll have to order some stuff from the states to be shipped over.

Cheers, XStar08

blackTT
12-05-2012, 11:14 PM
After searching for months for 303 vinyl cleaner, I accidentally found it while wondering round a auto shop.

I'm pretty excited now to get home and see how it goes, my white trim is already pretty clean, but everything can always be cleaner.

To the guys who are using tooth brushes to clean have you considered using a small nail brush? Will probably save a lot of time

east tx skier
12-06-2012, 10:39 AM
Mild detergent, warm water, and a soft brush will a pretty great job on most vinyl. Follow up with the protectant of your choice. I use Vinylex, wipe it off, wait 10 minutes, and buff with a soft cloth. Takes the greasy feel out and looks great.

My local dealer swears by ZEP. However, it looks like I may need to see if they have an extra can of it they will sell me. This (http://www.apmengineparts.com/023401.html?productid=023401&channelid=FROOG)one is priced by the case.

Chred
03-01-2013, 11:44 AM
Does anyone know where to buy Babes Cleaning products in Canada? or where to order it from?

cdh11
03-01-2013, 12:48 PM
I'm pretty sure the Martin Motors in Saskatoon has the Babes products. I see your in Alberta so maybe check your local MMS.

bjen
03-01-2013, 12:59 PM
They have it in Edmo MMS too, think I saw it at Barry Jays as well.

jgraham37128
03-01-2013, 01:15 PM
303 all the way. I did use the Mastercraft brand too since it came with my boat and it worked very well too.

cdevro
03-10-2013, 07:45 PM
Magic eraser. If you do use it make sure to by the cheap no name brands. They don't hold hold up to much scrubbing and break down rather than harming the Vinyl. Make sure to keep it soaked in cleaner. Keep it off of dark colors and surfaces that are textured. If your looking for a good cleaner, Boat Bling makes a product called Vinyl Sauce that works outstanding. www.onthewaterstore.com has free shipping on all Boat Bling Products.