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Big tic 04-01-2013 09:13 PM

Babe's seat soap VS 303 Vinyl Cleaner VS Vinyl Sauce
Our new to us 2009 Mastercraft has arrived after a 2500 miles journey from Texas to Ottawa Ontario then to Fredericton NB. It was shrink wrapped in Texas but the interior is still in need of a good clean.

Up until this point I have only used basic automotive type cleaners on past boats. I took the plunge and bought all the popular products discussed on this website.

I am going to use the back sun pad as my proving ground. I will post pictures tomorrow of before, during and after.

Below is what I plan to do.

Each product will have its own pad (back sun pad left, centre and right). I will attempt to also understand the time needed for each product to work IE if you have 2 minuites to clean the whole interior what is the best product, or what product is best if you want to spend all day just cleaning one area.

1st. 2 min per panel per product.

2nd 5 min per panel per product.

3rd MCOCD 10 min per panel. Focusing on sticking.

I will then attempt to find the best product and clean the other 2 panels with it.

Part 2 Vinyl protectors

303 AEROSPACE VS. Babes seat saver VS Lexol Vinylex

Similar test to the vinyl cleaners.

Please feel free to comment and give suggestions.

sand2snow22 04-01-2013 09:22 PM

4. Totally awesome cleaner from the Dollar Store

swatguy 04-01-2013 09:25 PM

I would also throw Totally Awesome Cleaner or Malco in the mix vs all of those. You will see a huge difference in cleaning potential between the Babes, 303, and Vinyl Sauce vs either the Malco or the Totally Awesome Cleaner. Totally Awesome is cheap , readily available at almost any store, and really can't be beat as a vinyl cleaner. I wouldn't use the Totally Awesome as a daily wipedown like I would the 3 you mention, but again if you have dirty vinyl nothing will clean better than the Totally Awesome or Malco with a soft bristle brush. Also get a soft bristle brush for either of the 3 you mentioned. IT will add even more cleaning power.

swatguy 04-01-2013 09:25 PM


Sand beat me to it :)

orbeamlb 04-01-2013 09:29 PM

Babes Seat Soap fan here

Big tic 04-01-2013 09:32 PM

Great feedback. I have never seem totally awesome before but I will look around tomorrow.

I got the soft brush and micro fiber towels ready.

Big tic 04-01-2013 09:32 PM

BTW this will be my first time using these products I have no brand loyalty.

swatguy 04-01-2013 09:39 PM

No prob looking forward to the feedback from your tests.
I went through the boat wipedown down products last season...Let me know if you're interested on my input from those in this thread

Babes Boat Bright
Boat Bling Hot Sauce
Ducky's Spot Remover Plus
Standard Vin/Water Mixture

I have also went through the protectants as well so will add to it when you post your results.

Big tic 04-01-2013 09:45 PM


Let me post my findings before you comment. I want to ensure i am 100% impartial.

Looking forward to this trial.

swatguy 04-01-2013 09:50 PM

For sure...Why i asked first

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