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 correct mold, mildew, leaf and chemical stains. Despite being water-based, Rub ‘n Restore® holds up well to the elements, as this video from a customer demonstrates:
Mold and mildew must be pre-treated with alcohol. Pinking, a phenomenon of pink stains also caused by fungus, may be corrected with the application of Pinkaway Solution sold elsewhere. Any Rub ‘n Restore® Colors containing white pigment (titanium oxide) are a strong sunscreen.
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 known to discolor leather and strip wax from floors). For this reason, consider a urethane or aerosol coating like SEM to change the color of marine vinyl.