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How to recover boat seats with vinyl

By Jason C. Moore | Water Sports

Jul 24
speed boat

Replacing a vinyl cover for your boat seats can be an easy project for an afternoon.

If you plan to do the job yourself, your designs for the new clothes are the old cover and the process requires no tools. You must try to copy the pattern on the vinyl, if any, unless you plan to replace all seats in a specific area of the boat

You will need:

  • Smooth, flat, round stones, fingers, hands and arm, a small body moving!
  • some energy!
  • a body of water, preferably quiet and peaceful.
  • friends or family members to look at if you set a record.

How to recover a chair seat

Find new fabric

  • Buy vinyl in color or pattern you want on your boat. It is unlikely that you’ll find a marine grade vinyl in a local fabric store, as they provide only limited stock of thinner vinyl.
  • Buying the right amount can be tricky. You will remove your boat seat covers, one by one and use them as a pattern to cut new covering, but you do not start taking the places of the boat yet.
  • You can measure the “seat” in every seat, then measure the depth of padding on the seat. Multiply the depth by 2.1, and that much of the length and width of each seat. That will give you enough fabric to cover the seat left sides of the chair and a little more than to stick to the bottom of the seat for a professional looking job.

Leaving the old Seat Covers

  • Remove the seats from the boat. If you defeat them, you can see where the fabric is stapled to the plywood, which is the seat.
  • Take note of how much material is stitched into place under the seat. Use your screwdriver to pry the staples out of plywood. Try not to tear down the old vinyl too much.
  • Notice how the vinyl is attached. Some based decision making their corners vinyl looks as hospitals whilke second corners are collected together and adhering the bottom them on one or two points, which enables the pad to push the corners of the mold.
  • As you remove each vinyl seat cover, use a marker to identify the location where the cover came from by checking the seating of the old upholstery. Mark the seat bottom with the location as well.

Trace, cut and fit

  • Use the old upholstery for tracing a pattern on the new vinyl. The new vinyl should be as flat as possible on your work table, possibly with weights on the edges to keep it flat.
  • Add new vinyl down with the “inside” the top, because you do not want to trace the pattern markings to show.
  • Find the old upholstery for the first scene you want to dress, and lay it on top of the new vinyl. Use weights to make the old vinyl lay flat on the new one. Trace around the outside of the old vinyl with a piece of chalk.
  • After you have traced the pattern on the new vinyl, spread the old vinyl out again and make sure that the pattern is transferred to the new material correctly (check twice, cut once).
  • Remove the old fabric from the material and copy the seating of the new material with chalk. Pick up your scissors. Cut out the new clothing by cutting along the chalk line on the new vinyl.

Attach the new cover

  • Set the seat in the middle of the new casing. Check that the seat is properly aligned in the shape of the vinyl.
  • Pull one side of vinyl up and over the wooden seat. It should lap over the edge of the seat is about as far as the old cover did.
  • Set a minimum of four staples in the side, but not in the corners.
  • Pull the opposite side of the vinyl top and lap it over the seat about the same as its opposite. Set of at least four staples, but not at the corners.
  • Repeat this process with the front and rear, the corners handle in the same manner as the original, whether stopped or aggregate.

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