Pink Stains On Your Boat Cushions?
What a nightmare!

Consider this…you just spent 5K on a new interior for your boat and within 6 months you start seeing pink stains on your boat cushions that looks like spilled Kool-Aid all over your upholstery.  Nothing you do is working to remove it and even though you’ve owned several boats over the years, you’ve never had this happen before.  So you contact the marine upholstery expert who completed the job, and tell them all about it thinking that maybe they’ve used an inferior vinyl.  Your upholstery person is freaking out because they just concluded 40 hours of labor on your project.  They in turn contact the distributor on your behalf and then call to tell you that the manufacturer will not take responsibility.  The manufacturer even said, “We are not at fault. Your customer should have kept the boat dry.”

You will notice the pink stains on the boat cushion on the inside of the cushion.  The stains go all the way through. 

Vinyl pink stains is a relatively new problem in the boating industry, and many experts disagree on the causes.

 Here are a few possible causes:

  • Marine vinyl no longer contains chemicals such as arsenic because the EPA required manufacturers to remove them.  These chemicals used to kill the pinking micro-organisms.
  • It’s occurring because vinyl is being made with cheap off-shore resins.
  • It’s caused by a chemical reaction in the vinyl

Whatever the reason, it’s a pink staining is a very bad thing and it primarily happens to white and off-white marine vinyl, but it’s not seen as much in colored vinyl.  In an effort to avoid the problem, boat 

manufacturers have begun using a lot of khaki colored vinyl in their cockpit interiors.

What To Do About Pink Stains On Your Boat Cushions? 

If you are considering marine upholstery and would really like it to be a light color, try Silvertex® by Spradling International.  This fabric is top coated with an ionic silver coating that is highly effective as a deterrent to all bacterial growth and is known to inhibit odor and stain causing bacteria.  Feel free to read about it here and also take a look at the available SILVERTEX® colors.

 If you already own a boat that has a pinking problem, you can contact the makers of Pink Away and get a referred to someone who has invested in their removal system.

 Lastly, do try to keep your boat as dry as possible and talk to your fabricator about what steps you can take to decrease the possibility of this happening to you.


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