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gwhitley4395 08-10-2015 04:16 PM

Painting Vinyl
Good evening boys and girls. I am working on a light restoration of my '79 ski boat. Part of that is recovering the seats. Now being that I do not have much (any) experience working with vinyl or upholstery in general, I am considering painting/dying the seats- at least as a short term solution to last a couple years.

They are the original yellowish tan color, and in pretty decent condition considering their age. So I would like to not recover but just paint/dye them to white/off-white and grey.

My questions are:
1) Will any vinyl paint cover the old color and still look good?
2) Any particular brands/methods you all would recommend?

Also, any general advice with this would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Captain Crispy 08-10-2015 08:37 PM

Yes and yes. Just use a spray paint that specifically say it is for vinyl. West Marine, NAPA, and Amazon all sell it. They key is prep work. Clean the vinyl with microfiber clothes and denatured alcohol thoroughly before you use the paint. Then clean it again.

muskamoot 08-11-2015 11:38 AM

SEM vinyl paint is what I used.Very pleased with the results and durability.

Dead Horse 08-11-2015 11:56 AM

any auto parts store - vinyl paint [ its really a stain]-- I use it on street rod upholstery- it does work--

johnpius 08-14-2015 05:21 PM

These guys cater the the professional used car interior repair people. I did this for a number of years. Prep is the absolute key to good results. The SEM people have it all.

Big Iron 08-18-2015 07:50 PM

For what it's worth, take the boat to an upholstery shop first and get a quote. I've been getting some stuff reupholstered recently and have been surprised w the price- in a good way.

ZakVis 03-31-2017 07:36 AM

Restored Vinyl Boat Cushions with Rustoleum Vinyl Spray Paint
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I recently refinished my vinyl boat seats on my Seafox 216CC. I used some old threads on here to guide me as I have never done this before. I figured I would share my experience, results and the products I used to hopefully help someone else out. I started by wiping them down simply with Windex. I then used a lug nut brush and some 303 Vinyl Cleaner to remove the grime. I then removed the interior foam from the cushions and rinsed the vinyl in water and let them to dry. After that I replaced all of the plastic shielding around the foam with .5 mil plastic to prevent any molding in the foam in the future. I reinserted the, now protected, foam into the vinyl and I was ready to paint. I used about 8 light coats of Rustoleum Vinyl and Fabric to renew the cushions. (10 cans did all the pads shown in the picture). After they dried, I touched up the logos with Sherwin Williams A-100 Exterior Acrylic Latex - as suggested by Sherwin Williams. Touching these up had me on my last string of patience. Then I sprayed all of the cushions with 3 coats of Rustoleum Crystal Clear Clearcoat Semi Gloss to seal and protect the vinyl and the logos. (Do not use Krylon over the Rustoleum). Finally, I sprayed all of the cushions with 303 Aerospace UV Protectant. The cushions haven't been used on the water yet since Maryland is still a bit cold this year, but the finished product looks great! (see photos) I will give an update in the future once they have some use. I put the links below to all of the products I used. I also contemplated using SEM products, but they were not available in store around me other than ordering them online. I hope this helps someone save some time and/or $$$. :thumbsup:

303 Marine Vinyl Cleaner

Rustoleum Fabric and Vinyl (Color: Sand)

Rustoleum Crystal Clear Clearcoat (Semi Gloss)

303 Aerospace UV Protectant

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