Hello from the Great Lakes!
My husband and I have an '86 Commodore pontoon we bought a few years back. With four kids we didn't want to invest into a boat that the kids may just wreck from fishing to swimming! The 75hp motor is not too great, but it still has life left in it and we'd like to do some repairs with minimal expense.
That being said - the original project was to replace the carpet and replace 1 rotted sheet up front. But we both new - if we're here - might as well do it all the way, and we did!...this before we realized how expensive marine plywood can be...wow!
Anyway, so far, we've removed the seating - so rotted that it was falling apart in our hands! -, removed the carpet, all the decking, and now gingerly removing the vinyl and foam off the rotted seat bases. Thanks to this site, I gained confidence that we could do a bleach wash on the foam and vinyl and rebuiild the boxes! I must have exuded so much from reading these threads on here that my husband reluctantly proceeded in my madness to save the upholstery and foam!
However.....now that I'm at the point of diving in with my cleaning/recovery project - I got back on here today and see there are mixed reviews on here for cleaning w/ bleach on vinyl and foam - ratios - as well as out right avoiding and just replacing. This is not an option- we are all about recycling this foam, and the upholstery is still very good!- well, with a little pink staining (mold?) on the inside - not visible from outside.
Soooo - my question remains - what is the best way to remove the mildew or mold from the vinyl as well as the high density foam?? and the pink stains?
Oh!, and one more - there was a thin plastic wrap between the vinyl and foam...assuming it was to prevent the water going into the foam...I think we should re-assemble the vinyl and foam with the plastic wrap in between - any thoughts to the contrary?
Thank you so much! Jacqueline