Canvas Rust Stains Painted?

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  1. gherd

    gherd I have been camping for over 40 years.

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    I was given a 2002 Rockwood Liberty. Thus far it has been a fun project to bring up to my wife's standards. Unfortunately, it was not properly stored and the canvas inside has dark brown stains that seem to be from rust. I have tried everything from oxiclean with vinegar to 10% bleach and water to product for mold and mildew cleaning. I have had almost no success. I am considering painting the inside material with Rustolium Fabric paint. Has anyone tried this? Would anyone say 'absolutely do NOT'?

    Thanks,

    ~G~
     
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    rajncajn New Member

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    Before you do...
    There's an old product called WINK available at Home Depot. One drop will remove rust stains from almost anything - stainless steel, chrome, fabric, ceramics. It's been around forever, but it can be hard to find.
     
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    PointyCamper Active Member

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    I removed a rust stain on fabric one time by using Lemon Juice - the stuff in the bottle.
    YMMV
     
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    I have a 2008 Starcraft not sure what the canvas is made of but would these solutions work on mouse pee stains? have a few on the top of the canvas or is there one better than the other for this?
     
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    Wanna come up to Huntsville and have a rat pee cleaning party?? Haha.

    My canvas has a few rat urine stains as well.

    I have a few products on my list that I am gonna be trying over the next few weekends.

    Ill let you know if I have any luck with them.

    Also, go to the dollar store and get "LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner".

    It worked a little bit on mine. Not as well as I would have hoped. But depending on how well set in yours are it might make a difference.
     
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    Totally Awesome Cleaner is pretty harsh. Test it out carefully before putting it all over.

    I worry that some of the solutions we grab and use might have bad results later - like canvas that crmbles apart.
     
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    I diluted it by like 4:1 or something like that.

    I also made sure to rinse well after.

    I haven't seen any negative effects yet.

    But I also have a very rough canvas that I will be replacing at the end of next season so I'm just making it work for now haha.
     
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    Lol! No. :)

    Let me know what works. Thanks!
     
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    My Mom used to use LESTOIL to remove all stains. It is still available and doesnt hurt fabric. Might be a help.
     
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    I would be more worried about where the rust came from, and did it leak in the walls or through the floor. Just don't use something that's going to stink for a long time. Be sure to upload some pics of before and after, many people would sure like to see the results.
     

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