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Old 11-20-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Help Damaged RV Bra

We are trying to help a sick friend get their coach cleaned up. In one of the compartments we found a black front mask (bra). It has been there for quite a while, and although it is the correct Discovery bra for the coach, it has become stiff, and apparently shrunk in size. Does anyone know how we can recondition this bra and get it strecthed back to its original size? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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I don't think trying to stretch it will work, it'll be too brittle by now. Best to toss it and buy another.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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I'll second that, search around for a upholstery shop and since your have exact pattern might be able to shop around.
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Wash with a mild dish soap (Dawn) lay flat on a blackop drivewave and wait for a warm sunshine day. Snap one side and slowly strech to the other!
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Unfortunately, this happens all the time with vinyl type covers (e.g. boat covers) - they dry and shrink over time. I think rgvtexan's suggestion is probably as good as you'll get without replacing it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:43 AM   #6
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Wash with a mild dish soap (Dawn) lay flat on a blackop drivewave and wait for a warm sunshine day. Snap one side and slowly strech to the other!
If you want to try this method. I could give you a hand. Let me know.
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Like others I'd suggest letting the sun heat it up. I have a convertible and on cold days have a hard time with the material when trying to put the roof up. Sun heats it and it works better.
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All,

Thanks for your responses. We took the advice from rgvtexan and placed the bra out on the driveway this morning in the hot sun. The wife added a conditioner to the vinyl, then we let it sit until this afternoon. We installed it on the coach, it was tight at the bottom sides, but did make it. The rest installed OK. We noticed that the stiff vinyl was now much softer. So with your help I think we have saved the bra. thaks again.
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Wash with a mild dish soap (Dawn) lay flat on a blackop drivewave and wait for a warm sunshine day. Snap one side and slowly strech to the other!
I know you're trying to help in the cleaning part but as a professional in the upholstery business for 45 years, PLEASE do NOT use Dawn detergent on any vinyl upholstery. Plain and simple, it works TOO good. Remember the commercial, "Dawn cuts grease so you don't have to" It does and will extract the oils in the vinyl and leave it more brittle over a very short time. A few years back, I worked for the local Casino doing their chairs and such. They finally upgraded to all new chairs in the casino (about 2000) and someone didn't tell maintenance not to use Dawn on the cleaning of them. You guessed it. Less than 6 months went by and we were called in to start replacing covers on the chairs. They were as stiff as 10 year old chair vinyl. I then asked what they were using to clean them and told "Dawn". There you have it. I use a vinyl cleaner called Malco (industrial product) but most cleaners will work as long as it's designed for vinyl. I don't suggest using Armor All on vinyl as it may have silicone in it and damages the vinyl over time and also leaves a milky residue. The makers of Armor All will not confirm or denies it.
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