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Old 07-05-2016, 07:06 AM   #1
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Cleaning exhaust stains from a nylon flag...

Now that I've completed our delivery with our "dress" flag, I want to switch to a normal sized flag for our boat. I have a couple 4x6's that were flown on aCappella but they are all gray-stained from being in proximity of the stern diesel exhaust over a few years.

Through the years, we've tried a variety of cleaners - detergent, Oxyclean, etc. Nothing ever seems to brighten up the flag and take the gray out.

Has anyone ever solved this? I'm not looking for "try this" help - we've experimented with everything. At this point I'm hoping someone has actually done it themselves with success.


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Old 07-05-2016, 07:19 AM   #2
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The best results I've had is with degreaser and hot water.

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Old 07-05-2016, 07:30 AM   #3
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Try a small diluted bowl of GOJO or Citrus cleaner in an area. If it works, upsize the container.
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