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I was given a pile of Sunbrella boatcover last weekend. The PO needed a tarp for some engine work and used a large piece of the set for spill-catcher! :eek: Now there are several large , hand size or better, dark, used-oil stains on tthe piece.
I'd like to remove them completely; but realize that may be problematic. Short of "staining" the entire set of cloths; what's the best answer? There must be near to 8 yards of useable material IF all was 'good', plus all the sections of smaller dimensions. It'd be a shame to toss the entire section; or cut it out and render the large piece useable only for smalller bits unnececesarily.

TIA,
Paul
 

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Some engine oil spilled on a friend's pacific blue sunbrella this summer, and I washed it using dish soap, full strength, rubbing it in thoroughly, and then rinsing it, and was amazed to see that it left absolutely no stain. YMMV
 

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I find Oil Eater works very well. I even use it in the laundry when cleaning very dirty clothing. If the piece is not too big, I would bring it to a commercial laundromat and have a go with this stuff.

 

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I have a similar problem with a seat cushion, I foolishly rested the outboard from the tender on it for a few minutes and it leaked oil. I tried Lestoil and Dish Soap, but no satisfaction. I may try the stuff mentioned above.
 

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Already tried armor-all upholstery cleaner and Dawn dish detergent. Looks like the local. Tractor Supply might have it in stock; so that's next!
The piece in question is big enuff to fab up my entirBimini! so I sure wanna keep it.. The rest will be enuff to fab up the dodger. and alla theside panels, so.......
 

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For those who have not used Go-jo (mechanics hand cleaner). First rub the Goop
on then rub it around. On sunbrella a brush might be good. Add a little water
rub it some more. Then just rinse it off. The good stuff smells like coconut oil.
 

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The answer... Brake Cleaner... Fairly cheap and works awesome on oil.. Put a clean rag underneath and soak the Sunbrella with Brake Cleaner. Change the bottom rag as it wicks up the oil.

I wonder if it might remove some of the UV protection (I have no idea how Sunbrella UV protection works).
 
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