Can rubber staining be removed from original vinyl seat material?

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Can rubber staining be removed from original vinyl seat material?

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Does anyone know if rubber derived stains like these can be removed from vinyl seat material?

These are the rear seat covers on my Mk2. The material is original and in very nice condition. It's really a shame they look like this now.

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The prior owner had kept the car inop for an extended period and used the rear seat for storing extra tyres. :x I'm not sure how long the stains were there prior to my buying the car but I've had it now for five years. He acquired it in 2004.

I've tried a number of 'laundry' type cleaners as well as Simple Green, but nothing has made any difference whatsoever. Had hoped to remove the stains versus having to dye the material?

Look forward to any thoughts/ideas on the subject.

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Sorry, I don't have any decent suggestions for that. I'd be interested to hear if there are any options though.
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My Toyota Supra had the same problem and unfortunately I never found a cleaning solution.
However they did eventually disappear as the sunlight seemed to fade them.
Maybe strong sunlight may do the trick.
My son also saw some proprietary products for cleaning seat belts in single seater racecars that suffer rubber stains.
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Solvent free is crucial so as not to fix the stain permanently
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Have a chat to Vinylecote ( Birmingham ) they do a Vinyl Cleaner for pre cleaning when the intention is to repaint the Vinyl with their Paint .
maybe that would help remove the whatever & if needed use their pre paint prep & Rattle Can to re-paint if all else fails.
They will match paint colour to a sample .
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What about sugar soap?
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Perhaps a product like this that is designed to remove rubber reside from track cars?

https://www.griotsgarage.com/track-spray-22-ounces/
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

I have not tried sugar soap or that Griots product. I'm concerned anything 'strong' or solvent based will discolour the vinyl.

Based on a friends suggestion, I did contact a firm that does automotive dry ice cleaning and sent him the same photos. He felt these stains were likely chemically embedded into the vinyl and so was not confident dry ice would help. He instead suggested I look into a dye product to cover it up.
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Oneball wrote: Fri Jul 29, 2022 10:17 am What about sugar soap?
Second that!
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Well looks like sugar soap is worth a go. ;)
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