Sunshine & Your Boat’s Upholstery

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The sunshine is my favorite part of summer, as nothing compares to a warm summer day. If you’re out on your boat, you may enjoy it even more. As the summer wears on, you may start to notice some effects of the sun on your boat’s upholstery. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like Excelsior, boat upholstery repair may be necessary at some point. In this blog, I’m going to cover some common deteriorations associated with the sun. While some of this may be cause for upholstery replacement, some of it can be easily repaired. If you are wondering if your upholstery is salvageable, call The SeatFixerMN.

Color Fading

Just like many other materials, the sun has the tendency to drain the color from your boat’s upholstery. This is especially noticeable when it’s a darker color. The ultraviolet rays of the sun break down the chemical bonds that colors are comprised of. To the human eye, this is what makes colors appear to fade. Items that absorb sunlight, like fabric, are more susceptible to fading.

Sometimes, fading occurs without the sun’s help. No matter how well you keep your seats protected, they are bound to age. When people sit on your seats for years, the color will begin to fade. This, in combination with the sun’s rays, makes for a noticeable change.


The sun’s warmth has the ability to dry out materials. If your boat’s upholstery is dried out and tight, it may crack. An undesirable crack can easily be fixed by The SeatFixerMN. Cracks can be unsightly and also provide the opportunity for moisture to get down into the seats.

Do you need your boat’s upholstery repaired? Then call me today at 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

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