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bowtie guy
08-04-2013, 04:18 PM
I've found a thread or two regarding this, but I'm looking for more input. I've had great results with quality vinyl paints in car interiors and vintage bicycle seats, so why not in the boat? I just bought a 1990 TriStar 220, my upholstery was redone nicely by PO and has a factory appearance but done in shades of brown. I would like to recolor the seat bottoms and seat backs above the two horizontal stripes in white. Any thoughts (positive ones :D)???

NWMike
08-12-2013, 02:01 AM
I have had great results. I didn't change colors though but it took care of some discoloration. It will wear through over time and putting white over a dark color may not give you the results you're looking for. Definitely not a long term solution going over a darker color. I used marine vinyl dye by SEM. You must have it super clean, very scuffed and cover everything around it. It can make a real mess if you're not careful. Overspray is tough to take off.

mikeg205
08-12-2013, 09:18 AM
NWMike can you post some pics?

bowtie guy
08-12-2013, 01:00 PM
Ya I don't think it's a very good idea and will probably just replace it all this winter.

CC2MC
08-13-2013, 12:29 PM
Perhaps you could sell the skins to someone else if they are in good shape. You just have to be careful when removing them.

NWMike
08-22-2013, 04:39 AM
Mikeg205, I'll take some pics in the morning to show you the before and after to give you an idea of what I was dealing with.

bowtie guy
08-22-2013, 03:43 PM
I'd be interested in seeing pics also, thanks!

chriscraftmatt1976
08-22-2013, 03:55 PM
I had my pontoon seats painted by 'Dr vinyl' due to black mold spotting, and they came out amazing. That was 5 years ago, I sold that boat to a buddy, and they still look awesome. I think Dr vinyl has a Web page and they're all over the country. Great job, and they work right at your house too.

NWMike
08-22-2013, 07:22 PM
My boat had discoloration on the small panels that had the embossed logos at the tops of the front and back seats. The vinyl was pretty glossy after 20 years of use but it was in great shape. Using a grey scotch pad (a few of them) I scuffed the seats and the engine cover after repairing a few nicks in the vinyl. I cleaned the areas using prep-sol and dusted on about 3 medium coats. I dries as a very matte finish but a few trips out tones it down. My after pictures have about 8 ski trips on them. It literally makes the seats look like new. I used Formula Boats Grey which is about as close as I will get to original. It is extremely close to the color, maybe a little more grey which I think looks better. I'm going to do the side panels this fall. I think SEM only has about 15 or 20 colors to choose from. This is marine vinyl dye which is supposed to have more UV protection. One word of caution, do not get overspray anywhere you don't want it, especially on other vinyl panels of a different color!

The first two pics were when I first looked at the boat at the previous owner's house before I bought it last fall. The last two are from today.

mikeg205
08-22-2013, 07:39 PM
wow - that looks great!

NWMike
08-22-2013, 08:10 PM
Thanks. A complete color change could be done but just plan on re-dying every 3 or 4 years on areas that may wear more. Literally looks brand new if your vinyl is in good shape. Will definitely buy you some time if the interior is marginal. Once you commit though, there's no going back since this stuff does not come off. Don't use solvents to clean overspray or vinyl in general as it just makes it worse and will make the vinyl dry out and crack. Same goes for people I see that use 409, soft scrub or the like. Will kill you vinyl by the following season.

bowtie guy
08-23-2013, 10:45 PM
That does look great! Thinking I'll try a couple cans and see how it works - worst case is I replace it anyway. Still can't figure out why someone would re-upholster in tan and teal...:rant:

NWMike
08-24-2013, 04:14 PM
Probably had a sale on it or the upholsterer had a bunch left over and sold it cheap as a remnant. I came close to doing that on a Centurion I had a while back. Can't beat the lighter colors and they stay a little cooler in the sun. When you spray, don't put on very wet or when it's hot out and make sure your cars are not close by (I learned). Better to do more coats than fewer heavy ones. Spray outside if you can since this stuff has a very strong smell. A respirator wouldn't hurt. Put some pics up when you're done.

Greenster
08-24-2013, 05:19 PM
Wow. Looks great. What a great solution to stains.

chriscraftmatt1976
08-26-2013, 01:56 PM
Have the same problem on my 93. Just ordered a can.

Aric'sX15
08-26-2013, 07:54 PM
Wow! Very impressive.

ac505
08-30-2013, 12:56 PM
I used in on my last nautique, as previous posts, the results were fabulous and the dye if applied properly, which isn't difficult, is very hard wearing.

The only problem I had was that the dyed vinyl seemed more susceptible to picking up dirt, and as the engine cover had been dyed and it would get regularly stood on, had to take more time cleaning it.

bowtie guy
08-31-2013, 06:01 PM
I just bought 5 cans for a minor color change above the upholstery accent striping. R& E Paint Supply was near half price for the SEM Marine Vinyl Paint!!! www.repaintsupply.com

I'll send before/after photos before too long here...

91tri190
09-12-2013, 09:02 AM
Hey Bowtie,

Let me know if you are using the dye for a white area of upholstery and if so, which white colored dye you bought from SEM. I have a 91 tristar and have a very small area on a seat bolster that needs a touch-up. SEM has many white shades and I do not want to order the wrong one. Thx for the heads up on repaintsupply. Steve

Traxx822
09-12-2013, 09:33 AM
wow - that looks great!

You should do this to your boat.

mikeg205
09-14-2013, 10:28 AM
You should do this to your boat.

I fixed mine for the time being with frosted vinyl - just a temporary to buy some time.

Traxx822
09-14-2013, 10:30 AM
I fixed mine for the time being with frosted vinyl - just a temporary to buy some time.

Was thinking more on the heat stamped potions of your seat.

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bowtie guy
09-14-2013, 12:25 PM
I bought stingray taupe for my interior, haven't had a chance to test it out yet, will post pics after.

bowtie guy
09-14-2013, 05:26 PM
Started on the rear seats this morning, I'm keeping the two bottom highlight bands as correct to the factory skins. I have changed the color toward the top, it looks amazing and like new, still feels supple and soft also.

mikeg205
09-14-2013, 06:11 PM
Was thinking more on the heat stamped potions of your seat.

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Oh to color them - that would be cool.

NWMike
09-18-2013, 08:22 PM
Looks great.