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I have just bought 2 trailer covers for a Penman trailer.

The questions I have is what's best to clean them, paint and what looks like ink.

I am hoping they could go in the washing machine then treat the ink.

To water proof heading to Towsure to get fabric water proof material

Thanks in advance

 

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12 hours ago, johnwardle said:

Are you sure that they are Penman covers and not Sankey wide track ones? All the Penman covers that I have seen are a vinyl material like Land Rover Wolf canopies.

The covers were sold as canvas for Penman Trailers, Compton 2000 who make them make both types for a Penman, "Plastic" or canvas. I have a brand new one direct from them but got these as they were used.

Thinking of the rinse cycle in the washing machine for a first go

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23 minutes ago, Surveyor said:

Thinking of the rinse cycle in the washing machine for a first go

I think that all a machine wash will do is fade the ink but not touch the paint. 

There are a number of possible solutions if you search "removing paint from fabric" and "removing ink from fabric". I'm not recommending any of them but if do decide to try one or more of them, only do a test area first. 

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5 hours ago, MatchFuzee said:

There are a number of possible solutions if you search "removing paint from fabric" and "removing ink from fabric". I'm not recommending any of them but if do decide to try one or more of them, only do a test area first. 

Thanks, as usual to close to the problem to see an answer, the paint appears very friable so may come off, will have a go at weekend and see what happens

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If it is a woven cover, go to your local saddler and get Nixwax Rug Proof. that will waterproof it nicley.

If the paint is friable, try a sponge soacked in a solvent, though  the shadow of the lettering may remain.

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  • 1 year later...

Anyone have simple suggestions for waterproofing canvas? I have my top off right now. Washed it with laundry detergent and a scrubbing brush. I've waterproofed before with straight paraffin wax and it last maybe four months before water seeps through again. I know it's common to blend paraffin wax with beeswax, but that's not available here. I need something you can buy in a hardware store. We don't get too much specialist stuff here in the Philippines. Thanks!

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  • 2 weeks later...

So, out of necessity, I went with paraffin wax. I'm not saying it's the right way to do it, but this is how I did it, if you're bored and have 8 minutes to spare....

 

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