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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 legal in the USA and is used only as a campus vehicle by universities and government agencies. Fortunately, it sounds like the authorities will permit her to be registered as an ATV in this agricultural community, where she’ll putter on our idyllic country roads.
Ms. Miles has been baking in the high altitude Colorado sun for years. The plastic and vinyl interior had long begun to rot and crumble. The professional Vinyl Lady in me would advise to reupholster or replace the seats, but this adventurous Rub ’n Restorer thought it a worthwhile experiment on an Easter Sunday.
Turns out Luke is a Renaissance man and a Vinyl Lady. He required very little instruction, and together we did a complete interior restoration (plus black plastics like the speaker covers, wipers, wiper housing, and side mirrors) in a half day. The minutiae would have compelled me to a full weekend had I been solo.
We started with Clear Prep+Finish™ as a primer on the seats and the dash. We slathered it on with a sponge and allowed to dry before applying several more coats. We then followed with several coats of a Custom Color, also applied with a sponge and a final quick pass with a spray gun.
Normally we recommend a primer like Bulldog or SEM's Plastic Adhesion Promoter when using our coatings on less-permeable plastic surfaces. Ms. Miles' plastics, however, were so dry and weathered that they drank up the Clear Prep+Finish™ and dye instantly--and permanently.
Rub ’n Restore coatings are not void fillers; they cannot correct the extensive cracking of this withered vinyl, but they did a considerable job shoring up the surface. There were areas where the vinyl was so rotted and compromised, however, that a little pressure from my elbow punctured the material. A subpatch and some Soft Filler to the rescue!
Rub ’n Restore® coatings are also anti-UV, so the degradation has been slowed if not totally halted. Too bad we didn’t lay hands on Ms. Miles a few years ago!
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, 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. Generally, it's not worth the effort and money, [...]
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 [...]
Over 40% of Americans make New Year's resolutions, but statistics show only 8% achieve them. I am among the 40% this year with an ambitious goal, one of mastering my mind and emotions. It will be a daily exercise regimen whereby I hope to slim down my ego. My mind, I have secretly observed, is the common [...]
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 [...]
Most folks aren't aware that you can file a patent to claim a life form as your own invention. Opponents of biological patents argue that these legal instruments treat life as a commodity and claim ownership that is due to Mother Nature. It's called biopiracy. Big Biotech, among them Monsanto (creators of Agent Orange, saccharine, Roundup/glyphosate) and [...]
Color is a tough business when conducted via the internet. We get many returns because customers realize the leather/vinyl dye they ordered is nothing close to what they are trying to match. In our quest to mitigate this, we hired a professional photographer to create color-balanced images for us. In the process we received a brief [...]