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2016 Malibu Seats Hardening, Tearing and Ripping


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Hey all, I’ve noticed the areas of my Malibu seats closest to the seams are hardening, cracking and splitting. This started last year and I had one of the seams repaired but now it’s cracking again.

 

I use Boat Bling Vinyl Sauce to clean but don’t use any conditioner.Any ideas to help soften this material?
 

And ideas for fixes? 

 

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Yup, get used to it.  I have that same material on parts of my seats and it is a brittle plastic that has become more brittle over time.  Not like the rest of the "normal" and M grain vinyl which is soft and looks new.  I'm figuring on all new seat cushions over the winter - but made without that crap.

 

 

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Do u guys keep in heated storage for winter or let it freeze sub zero?

I have a 2016 but my experience with previous boats is non-heated storage is a disaster for boat vinyl over time

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6 minutes ago, The Hulk said:

Do u guys keep in heated storage for winter or let it freeze sub zero?

I have a 2016 but my experience with previous boats is non-heated storage is a disaster for boat vinyl over time

Mine sits in the garage, which is typically above freezing.  This particular material is a know problem.

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On 6/15/2021 at 8:22 AM, oldjeep said:

Yup, get used to it.  I have that same material on parts of my seats and it is a brittle plastic that has become more brittle over time.  Not like the rest of the "normal" and M grain vinyl which is soft and looks new.  I'm figuring on all new seat cushions over the winter - but made without that crap.

 

 

Thanks Ill try this. Not the prettiest fix but it is what it is.

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18 hours ago, The Hulk said:

Do u guys keep in heated storage for winter or let it freeze sub zero?

I have a 2016 but my experience with previous boats is non-heated storage is a disaster for boat vinyl over time

I store wrapped in the temperate southern climate. I will look at heated storage.

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Does any of the vinyl conditioners like boat bling help with this issue?

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5 minutes ago, Raleigh said:

Does any of the vinyl conditioners like boat bling help with this issue?

Didn't with mine.  The normal 303 products work fine on the regular and m grain vinyl, but don't seem to soak into the plastic like stuff.

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I was reading a thread earlier about how there was such high hope for the 2016 era vinyl change. Looks like they went a step backward rather than foreword! 

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