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Can I restore or recolor boat upholstery?

Rub ‘n Restore® is an anti-UV finish that conditions, recolors and protects marine vinyl and boat upholstery. It’s easily applied with a sponge and can conceal mold, mildew, leaf and chemical stains. This video review from a customer demonstrates:

Mold and mildew must be pre-treated with alcohol. Our finishes will also conceal pinking if Pinkaway Solution does not remove it. 

Rub ‘n Restore® Colors are water-based acrylic finishes. Cure time varies with temperature and humidity. Even if the finish has not had sufficient time to cure, most folks are pleased with its performance. Minimize water or liquids from pooling on any surface for prolonged periods of time. The worst that may occur is slight discoloration of the finish. This often ‘dries down’. If it doesn’t, simply touch-up and allow more time to cure before exposure to liquids.

Marine vinyls may need to be touched up more often because of their frequent contact with harsh chemical sunscreens (which are capable of stripping commercially waxed floors). For this reason, consider a urethane or aerosol coating like SEM to change the color of marine vinyl

Reader Interactions


  1. Judy says

    I have a 100-year old leather suitcase that is beginning to rub off and disintegrate. How might I restore it or at least preserve what is left? Thanks.

  2. Jason says

    Hi I have a pontoon boat that has tan seats that have faded over the years. Does this product work for this application?

    • lesandre says

      Absolutely, but I would work with a close-matching color. If our Camel or Honey aren’t good matches, I would send a sample for a Custom Color. You can learn more about this service or order swatches of our Camel and Honey here.

  3. Christi says

    Is there an instructional video or instructions on how to apply the products to repair marine vinyl boat upholstery damage like you show in the photo?

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