Laura M
Laura M
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  • Arlington Heights, IL
Asked on Mar 6, 2012

Can Rub N Buff be used on vinyl upholstery? I have an ugly green vinly chair i'd like to repurpose.

Wanda sinnemaNancyLaurie Brennan
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Green vinyl chair I want to try rub n buff on
Green vinyl chair I want to try rub n buff on
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  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 7, 2012

    Rub -n- Buff....Boy I have not heard that in a long long time. My mom used this for crafts when I was a wee lad. My biggest concern here would be the durability of this product on a surface that would see wear ( aka the seat of your pants) This product is basically a wax based material that is used normally to highlight texture by filling the nooks and crannies of carvings and relief surfaces. Its use on a smooth vinyl surface may be wimpy. At only $5 or so it would not be an expensive experiment. You could test it along the side or on a less conspicuous spot.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Mar 8, 2012

    hhmmmm - I've never used Rub n Buff - Armor All maybe?

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Mar 8, 2012

    I'll have to give it a try

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Jun 5, 2014

    It's a lovely chair. Someone on this site gave directions for using furniture medium and paint to change the colour of a chair.

  • Karen Tosi
    on Jan 30, 2015

    I'd try chalk paint. You can google it. It worked great for me. Good luck!

  • BS
    on May 16, 2015

    Reupholster it. If all of the padding and so forth is in good shape, just putting new fabric on is a very doable project. Use the vinyl you take off as a pattern to cut out your replacement fabric. There are tons of instructions and videos on the web. I just did a chair similar to this one. It was a pain because I replaced everything but the wood frame and metal springs. I'm not sure it was worth it because the foam and other padding supplies were so expensive. However, just replacing the fabric wouldn't be too bad.

  • BS
    on May 16, 2015

    Reupholster it. If all of the padding and so forth is in good shape, just putting new fabric on is a very doable project. Use the vinyl you take off as a pattern to cut out your replacement fabric. There are tons of instructions and videos on the web. I just did a chair similar to this one. It was a pain because I replaced everything but the wood frame and metal springs. I'm not sure it was worth it because the foam and other padding supplies were so expensive. However, just replacing the fabric wouldn't be too bad.

  • Laurie Brennan
    on Jul 4, 2015

    Here are a couple of ideas I've come across for metallic finish (not my ideas..just sharing). The Youtube video is for a glitter chair. https://youtu.be/8qzB62-GdQM This is a post I saw where the person is covering a whole table with Rub n Buff and suggests thinning it with liquid deglosser for smoothness..perhaps that would work for your application. http://renewredo.blogspot.ca/2015/03/diy-table-rub-n-buff-on-top-gold-leaf.html

  • Nancy
    on Nov 3, 2015

    I purchased a vinyl and leather paint from Rub n Restore... you can find them on the net, great company to deal with... great instructions on line--- this is a beautiful product.

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Oct 22, 2016

    I'd recover it also,, not much more work than to paint it.. or the like,, Unless you go with a dark brown or black. It would be a great "first project" to recover.. Old vinal cracks then rips.. Hard to tell the age of it by the pic.

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