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Old 02-09-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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Leather Captain's Chairs back to life!! (recolor)

1996 Winnebago Vectra Grand Tour 35'

I was researching a way to change the color of the dash pad which was awful looking. Kinda like pea soup color, great condition...just ugly as sin. And the captains chairs were in great physical shape but needed to be brightened up. I wanted to do this without using any sort of aerosol fabric/leather paint. So I found the product called "Rub N Restore.

Bought the color of the chairs which is taupe. I purchased a 16oz and 8 oz bottles. Wanted to be sure I had plenty because i knew it would take a few quotes to cover the pea soup. I am amazed with the turn out!!! I will post more before and after pictures of the dash pad but here are before and after on the chairs. It brought them back to life. And I mean BRAND NEW! Its a water based dye that is applied with a ocilla sponge slightly damp. You MUST constantly stir..not shake...but stir the dye or else you will get streaks of lighter and darker shading. And bubbles on the surface from shaking it. The 8oz did 4 coats of the dash, which is a massive dash, and 3 coats on the passenger chair. (doing the driver chair this weekend) It goes a long way. I will have plenty left over for whatever I use it for. GREAT PRODUCT and I highly recommend it. I cost me 50 bucks for both bottles. I'd say 18oz bottle is plenty for 2 captain's chairs if you consider doing it. Make sure you clean the surface with a household cleaner like 409. You can use a hair dryer between coats if you want. Just make sure its good and dry between coats. Here is a video from the company:

It adheres well to vinyl or leather and will not bleed color off on clothes if it gets wet or sweating etc...Consider this product before re upholstery. Worth ever penny. I will post better pics on the second chair and dash pad.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:37 AM   #3
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Looks great in the photos!
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:06 PM   #4
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Looks great in the photos!
Thank you! The pictures really doesn't give it justice. Im very impressed with the outcome.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #5
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Can you post pictures of the dash? I really would like to see that. Our dash is terrible color. Thanks
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:14 AM   #6
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Here is my cheap-skate version of Fiebings "dye prep" for those of you on a more minuscule budget.

Fiebings dye prep. 1qt is $16 plus shipping. But when I got the first bottle there was a distinct ammonia smell. So I looked up the hazmat info.

85% water
5% proprietary detergent
5% Ammonia
5% Denatured Alcohol.

I use.

85% distilled water (distilled because minerals in water can stain)
10% Sudsy Ammonia (from the $1 store)
5% Denatured Alchohol.

To use dampen sponge (make sure they are color fast sponges) , and Lightly rub in circular motions. work in a well ventilated area. Allow to dry
Finished leather should look dull when finished. Unfinished leather will look normal but you will have removed any oils from handling the leather.

BTW... this makes a great window cleaner too. lol
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