Used dirt bike seats tend to get a black coating on the vinyl. Depending on the type of seat, this can be done fairly easy without much cost or time. Cosmetically it is not appealing and if not properly taken care of, seat covers will deteriorate and wear out quicker. Cleaning vinyl seats is easy to do and doesn’t require much time. Here is a simple task to shine up that old seat again!
Not only is it nice to have clean looking seat, but applying conditioner will protect your vinyl from cracks and drying out. First step, remove the seat and grab a good, clean rag. (Removing the seat is not really needed unless you plan to clean the plastic underneath). Below is a recommended a product which works well for smooth, vinyl seats.
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On the left we see a section of the seat that has been cleaned and the right shows the black residue which builds up over time. I have found Mother’s VLR to work effectively for cleaning this type of build-up.
The cleaning process is simple and easy. Take your VLR spray and wet your rag. Rub the spray into the vinyl.
The black will usually come off pretty quick. Sometimes a little more scrubbing will need to be done. Now your vinyl seat will be protected, conditioned, and clean!
Like stated previously, this process is quick and easy. The results are usually to satisfaction. There are other products out there that may also work really well on vinyl seats along with Mothers VLR. Do not use harsh chemicals like carburetor cleaner or gasoline. This can dry out the vinyl and cause premature wear. The vapors are also very harmful. Let me know if you have any other product recommendations.
Conditioning and removing black marks is a simple process. Unless your seat is all black of course! This product still works well for conditioning and protecting the materials. One thing to remember when trying other products is to make sure it is meant for vinyl. Otherwise you may damage or dry out the seat cover. Let me know if this works for you. I would love to hear your experiences or tips.