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What now, new foam for cushions?

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What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby tex » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:16 am

I've got my pilothouse cushions upholstered with Sunbrella semi-transparent window screen material which does a terrific job....durable, easy to clean, almost impervious to stains. Trouble is that the foam inside seems to be deteriorating and it leaves brown dust beneath the cushions, almost looks like sawdust. Before I buy any new foam, I thought someone might know of a treatment to get them to stop crumbling like this. It's not like I don't already have enough costs associated with the boat!
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Re: What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby CaptForce » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:58 am

I've never heard of a process or treatment to reverse the crumbling of old foam. I'm faced with a similar problem. We have a set of "Bottomsider" cushions that were quite expensive. I get to say "Ecru" with an required accent when I identify their color and their hooker's green pinstripe which I was told is a mix of Prussian Blue and "Gamboge". Of course, "Ecru" & "Gamboge" are said with the same proper French embouchure and this supports the price tag of these cushions.

Once when our dog, Zorro, was left unattended in our cockpit, he detected the smell of a crumb of food under one of these Prussian blue - Gamboge trimmed Ecru cushions. No problem! He was able to claw and chew his way through the cushion to find the bit of treat.

So, our cure has been the strategically placed throw pillow. Hmm... I guess my post is worthless as you can't cover your brown dust with a throw pillow!
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Re: What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby scallywag » Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:11 pm

The upside for the foam is, you will be able to clean the cushions. You can also purchase better foam that will not hold moisture. This is a better scenario than purchasing new custom cushions.

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Re: What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby tex » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:15 pm

The upholstery material is so incredibly durable that the cushions that came with the boat (at least 5 years old) actually match two other new cushions I had custom made about a year ago. Can't tell the difference.

I guess I'll have to bite the bullet for new foam.
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Re: What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby bobbymo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:09 pm

Other than............"Your boat wants NEW foam...............but it" all I could think of was the liner? shield? inner? pillow case thingys I bought when I got new pillows for the berth. These are not plastic but are apparently a very tight weave so they seem to make both the pillows and pillow cases last longer. I can't see why they wouldn't work on cushions.

Once the foam starts to crumble, deteriorate, turn to ash...........whatever you call it...........there is no return and I would suggest putting them into a tall kitchen garbage bag immediately before attempting to take them to "the can".

On the other hand.............if you're REALLY brave or like living in dog houses............you could start a pillow fight with your admiral........ :shock: :shock: She'll laugh...............for a few seconds anyway..........
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Re: What now, new foam for cushions?

Unread postby ka8uet » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:01 pm

Replace the foam. Once it starts turning to dust, it's gone. No use wasting all that nice cover material. Get new foam, stick it in the covers, good to go.

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