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Old 04-20-2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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help with tent vinyl spots removal?

I've attached a photo of an example spot on my vinyl. These spots are all over and look horrible from the inside, like my tent has a disease. They are average around 1/8" in size. They are from the previous owner so I don't know what the origin is. Looks like maybe sap or bug juice--the red color is suspicious.

Any ideas on how to remove them? I've tried oxyclean (the laundry stain product, can't find a cleaner with oxyclean in it, maybe they aren't the same), leather/vinyl cleaner, detergent, and finally solvents: first mineral spirits (didn't touch them), then acetone. The acetone worked the best but it's bad for vinyl so I don't want to use that (please don't rake me over the coals for using acetone, it was just a test). Even with the acetone which got the major goober off, there is a stain left behind. Am I just SOL?
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:15 AM   #2
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try spraying hydrogen peroxide on it. It worked wonders on our older Fleetwood PUP that had a few items that needed cleaning.


Just your standard 3% you by at a drug store will work.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:58 AM   #3
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When I had my Roo hybrid, I use a disinfectant/detergent spray product called Swish Miracle Disinfectant Spray 'N Wipe. Swish is a Canadian company so you probably can't get it in the US, but maybe a similar type of product would work for you.

You might also be able to use a product like LA's Totally Awesome from the Dollar Tree.
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I have the same type of spots on the canvas of my hybrid. Like you, I have tried Oxyclean and a bunch of canvas, leather, mold cleaners in the past year and a half with no luck.

I haven't tried acetone or anything harsh out of fear to do more damage than it is worth.

I noticed you are in Colorado too. Did you purchase here? I haven't figured out what caused them.
If you find a cleaner that works please let me know!
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:19 PM   #5
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I have the same type of spots on the canvas of my hybrid. Like you, I have tried Oxyclean and a bunch of canvas, leather, mold cleaners in the past year and a half with no luck.

I haven't tried acetone or anything harsh out of fear to do more damage than it is worth.

I noticed you are in Colorado too. Did you purchase here? I haven't figured out what caused them.
If you find a cleaner that works please let me know!
Yes, I just bought it used from a guy in Brighton, but I'm in Golden. I took it to Roberts Sales to do a complete system check.

Acetone essentially dissolves plastic so I don't recommend trying it unless you've experienced it's effects before. It makes the vinyl soft and sticky until it evaporates. I'll let you know if something else works.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:40 PM   #6
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Isopropyl alcohol is what I used to get off sap.
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I'll second H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide). If it's organic, Peroxide will break it down. You'll have to let it sit and stay moist with the peroxide but it works.

It also works very well for removing bug guts from your windshield.
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Try soft scrub.. we had a few spots on our ceiling and soft scrub removed them without leaving any marks or rings..
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On the underside of our awning I used a Majic Eraser and it cleaned it up quite well.
Also wondering abt Spray and Wash for laundry stains but don t know what the label says or its ingredients- just a thought
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Try "Awesome" spray cleaner from Dollar General...

only costs a couple of bucks and it cleans awesome...

follow up with a vinyl protectant with whatever you finally use to clean off the spots

I use 303 Vinyl spray
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