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    Seat mould smell (Virage TXi) - what can be done?

    Today I figured out that the whiff of mould I have been smelling every time I walk into the garage is not coming from the Virage TXi itself, but from the seat. I am not sure exactly what area of the seat is smelling.

    This was previously a salt water boat, and I am guessing the seat has been at least wet, if not dunked. The previous owner said it was garage stored in winter, and covered outside in summer. The Polaris brand cover was somewhat weathered and dirty, but fully intact and functional.

    Or maybe the boat was stored with the seat latched, and the cover on, but it was not dry inside the hull, and moisture has percolated up into the seat.

    I will go over it carefully with soap and water when the weather gets a little warmer, especially where there is some dirt in the seams and grooves, but I suspect the source of the odour is deeper inside.

    Any suggestions, other than just leaving it out in the sun to bake for a long time?

    I really don't want to strip off the upholstery if I can avoid it, as it is in fairly good condition, appearance wise.

    BTW, I noticed today that the underside of the plastic structure of the seat has two roughly 4 inch diameter holes bored through the plastic, and there are impressions from the tops of the front two Ficht injectors visible in the bottom surface of the black seat foam. So when the seat is latched in place, it is actually touching the injectors.

    Those holes are there to give clearance to the injectors, but it also means the bottom surface of the seat is much more open to water entry.
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    We have a few methods at the marina i work at,

    1.) a light water-bleach mixture, usually 75% water 25 bleach
    2.) spray nine
    3.) simple green for mold in bilges, and on the bottom of boat seats(boat seats have that mesh stuff with a zip to take the foam out)

    i guess thats all we use, and it usually works real good

    good luck

    EDIT

    to keep the dampness down we also use those little buckets with the magic pebbles in them, we had a seapoo come in that the owner said he did that every winter since it was new(90's) and it looks brand new, no black mold or anything AMAZING.
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    SPEED KILLS, BUT YOU GET THERE QUICKER Keddano's Avatar
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    Bleach and water is the normal recommend pratice for mold. Used it in my 100 year old basement with good luck.

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    bleach/clorox is used for mold all the time..............

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    Bleach solution for mould on the exterior surfaces, seems to be the consensus.

    If the problem turns out to be inside the seat upholstery, any ideas?

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    Staplers I have.
    Non-rusting Monel or SS staples - I will need to find a source around here.

    I suppose I will find out whether I need to pull the seat apart after I have gone through the other steps first (Bleach washing, etc). Probably won't be warm enough to do that for a few more weeks...

    Not wanting to tear the seat apart, if I can avoid it!

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    Do you have a Lowes home improvement store up in the Great White North? That's where I got my stainless staples. They didn't have them 2 yrs ago, when I re-covered my SL650/750's seat, but when I broke a bunk board last year and went to buy the monel staples that they did have ($$$! very expensive), I noticed they were carrying SS ones now.

    Michael

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    Bleach works pretty well. Used it on my SL900 seat. Still got an occasional whiff of mold though.

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    Dont go cheap on your stapler. The plasit for these seats is hard a all get up. Need a really strong stapler

    Learn from my mistake




    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Staplers I have.
    Non-rusting Monel or SS staples - I will need to find a source around here.

    I suppose I will find out whether I need to pull the seat apart after I have gone through the other steps first (Bleach washing, etc). Probably won't be warm enough to do that for a few more weeks...

    Not wanting to tear the seat apart, if I can avoid it!

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