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CC, the original Vinyl Lady (and mom), got her start in 1987 repairing leather in auto interiors for dealerships in Southern California. Her skill and attention to detail set her apart from her competitors, and she was sought by upholstery and fabrication shops that specialized in collectible cars and hot rods.
Early on she developed the Sandpaper-Super-Glue Method for repairing minor damage to leather upholstery. Her clients were shocked that such a simple method yielded flawless results. Lesandre (daughter) demonstrates in this video.
Our versatile leather paint acts as a conditioning sunscreen that’s great on interior and exterior vinyl, plastic, and rubber, everything from convertible tops, tonneau covers, and motorcycle saddlebags to sun-rotted bedliners, bumpers, and plastic trim. We recommend a primer of Bulldog or SEM’s Plastic Adhesion Promoter on all plastics prior to painting.
The best part is that you don’t need a Vinyl Lady! Most materials are readily sourced at your local hardware store or auto paint supply, the exception being our unique paint and Soft Filler repair compound sold through our online store.
See what these customers have done:
Bill did an outstanding job repairing large holes in these Silverado seats.
It’s less work and maintenance to restore the original color, and our Custom Color service is highly recommended for auto interiors.
Black, however, is pretty universal in auto interiors, and ours is an excellent match and grab-n-go off the shelf!
Brian restored this gear shift with our black leather paint. He could always go back and fill the few remaining gouges using the Sandpaper-Super-Glue Method.
Will restored restored his VW Bug with our Marine White, Red Chili and a serape blanket.
Mike ordered a Custom Color to restore the discolored vinyl to its original fresh mint.
Jon also sent for a Custom Color to match the new saddlebags to the seat on his motorcycle.
Give us a holler about your project!
In late 2017 we implemented new labels for our vinyl and leather restoration products. These labels include the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of hazard information required by law. Suddenly we're getting many concerned inquiries, “Does Rub 'n Restore® cause cancer?”While our products do contain chemicals “suspected of causing cancer,” you're not going to develop cancer from using Rub 'n Restore® products [...]
What’s the best hot tub cover protector? Rub 'n Restore® takes the prize! This picture from 2004 shows this anti-UV conditioning stain applied to a friend’s spa cover. Twelve years later the cover had long been water-logged. Our friend, Rebecca, found a used cover and swapped out the foam inserts. The vinyl on the used cover [...]
Luke, friend and Renaissance man, recently traded Solar Energy International (SEI) his labor and skill for a Miles all-electric vehicle. Miles is akin to a little European van, though she is actually Chinese (and yes, she is an androgynous electric car). Miles has a governor that keeps her from accelerating past 35 mph. Miles is not street [...]
Rub 'n Restore, Inc.'s new hometown of Paonia, Colorado boasts quite the art scene. The hottest New Year's Eve party in town was a steampunk-themed masquerade hosted by Elsewhere Studios. What is steampunk? Think Victorian fashion fused with industrial punk or goth with a little futuristic whimsy. The color palette errs monochromatic. Leather, lace, and metal are essential [...]
Bonded leather (also known as faux leather, polyurethane or PU leather, bicast leather, blended leather, composite leather, recycled leather, reconstituted leather, or ultraleather) is a dirty word in our business. Every day we receive multiple emails and phone calls asking the same question:Can I repair my flaking, peeling bonded leather?The short answer is no. We even [...]
A customer recently asked us, "Is this some alien technology that you got from a crashed UFO in area 51? ‘Cause no one believes me when I tell them how easy it is and how quick [my leather sofa] went from brown to red.... Thanks, you guys got something special here.” About the time we were [...]
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My earliest memory of the holidays involves a sewing project on Christmas Eve. My Grandma Topsy had recently moved across the street. My mother (also best friend and business partner) left me on the sofa watching The Flintstones at age four and wandered across the street. She returned with wine-colored velvet stockings adorned with early twentieth century costume [...]
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