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How are Rub ‘n Restore® Colors different than other vinyl and leather finishes?

Most leather and vinyl paints available in stores are made by companies that don’t specialize in vinyl and leather restoration. Many of these coatings, whether solvent or water-based, do not age well and eventually crack or peel. This is not to be confused with delaminating bonded leather. How to discern the difference.

Conversely, other companies specializing in leather restoration have more complicated processes that require oil extraction, moisturizing, priming or cross-linking. These products and processes require more practice, skill, equipment, and are not as forgiving and therefore are not accessible to the DIYer.

Rub ‘n Restore® is a pigment-rich, water-based acrylic resin. While acrylics can be less durable than urethanes, they feel more natural and also don’t catastrophically fail in the way other coatings can. Rub ‘n Restore® has been used by vinyl and leather repair artisans since the 1980s. Our story here.

Our application process is simple:

  1. Clean.
  2. Test for adhesion.
  3. Apply it with a damp sponge (or spray gun if you prefer).
  4. Finish.

Our products come with detailed written instructions, online videos, and free tech support via email or phone.

Maintenance is minimal. Rather than having to strip peeling paint, one simply touches up worn areas. Color changes may experience more maintenance. Please read about the best candidates for a color change.

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