Restoring acrylic canvas boat covers
I know there are a number of boaters here so I figure I would try to tap into the accumulated knowledge.
I have an 18' bowrider boat that came with a red bow cover and cockpit cover that are now almost 10 years old. They are each in good condition and still fit well but are sun faded and no longer water repellent. I believe that they are made of acrylic canvas.
I use them to protect my boat upholstery from 1) the sun and 2) water.
I would like to restore the faded red to the original color (which I can see on the back of the canvas), restore the water repellent and possibly even add some sort of UV protectant.
In terms of restoring the color, from what I have read, acrylic canvas requires special dyes that are difficult to dangerous for DIYers. Fabric paint is also a possibility.
There are a number of water repellent products that I could use but they tend to be expensive. I actually have an old (1993) 1/2 can of Thompson's water seal that indicates that it can be used to waterproof fabric, canvas, tents and tarpaulins that I am considering using.
I haven't researched UV protectant much yet.
I could live with the faded color if restoring the color is too complicated or expensive and just restore the waterproofing.
Any thoughts on the best approach, products to use, etc from this esteemed group?
I'm willing to spend some money for a solution that works but am definitely looking to avoid spending $600-800 on new canvas.
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