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Cleaning NASTY canvas.

Oh Joy came with canvas covers (green) for everything. The only problem is they look terrible. Some are oil stained, some are faded and some are both. Any suggestions for getting the nasties out of the canvas? I read that I can re-dye them well enough but I need a fairly clean canvas to work with.
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Try Oxiclean, I used it on my headlinier ( cloth ) in my boat. Changed the color from tan to white.
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You could try cleaning the canvas prior to dying (a messy job in itself), but the problem with using caustic cleaners, is the reaction on the thread. The thread's most likely cotton and will break down with bleach, TSP or the like.
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I've got a couple of 30 Gal tubs and will dump the left over dye water in the grass, it's green already and the dye is biodegradable. Besides, it might give the bugs diarrhea.
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If the canvas in question is Acrylic canvas, like Sunbrella, the thread is most likely either Goretex or Polyester/Nylon. I seriously doubt it is cotton thread, if it was made for marine use.
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SD I'm assuming the sail covers are either original or close to it - IIRC CC's boat is 50 years old +-. Chances are the thread is of a natural fiber.
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I think these are from 1994 or thereabouts because that's when a HUGE amount of money was spent on the boat by the owner at that time. They had her hauled, stripped, replanked where needed, C-Flexed, new Mizzen mast, new Perkins 50 HP, new cushions, etc. etc. What were covers made from in '94? Hellifino.
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If you have a scrap of it and heat it...if it melts before burning it's an acrylic canvas more likely than not... if it chars before it burns, it's a cotton based canvas...
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Either way - whatever it is you won't be able to dye it to an even colour - sorry to sound like a wet blanket here but the dye will set differently in different areas. Probably best just to wash it really well and see how it looks. Most stuff will come out. There is a stain remover called Didi 7 that I believe you can buy in the US. It takes pretty well anything out.

If you are determined to have it all one colour - yo're going to have better success with fabric paint. Thin it a lot and use mutliple coats. It may crack a bit, but it's either cracks or splotches.

Me - I'd settle for the faded - well-used look until I could afford to replace them. It has a certain charm on a wooden classic.
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