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Any body know of any good sites with tips and hints on refurbishing apostry do's and don’ts? I kind of what to try it my self so any good info is good thanks


 

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Any body know of any good sites with tips and hints on refurbishing apostry do's and don’ts? I kind of what to try it my self so any good info is good thanks


post what you have for upolsetery
 

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well it is just red and white vynal i think thin foam base to get the diamonds with foam cusions and ply wood bases. im going to use the old seats as a template for the new ones but im just looking for help full hint, tips, or reading on the net. i dont really know what to say.
 

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One of the simplest and popular way (assuming the underlying wood is damged) is to replace what you have with a pair of Fiberglass buckets and rear bench The Glass units are easy to cover , the backs can be painted to match the boat and the covers snap out for storage Tom

 

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X2 what Tom said and you will almost spend as much on supplys plywood, fiberglass,foam,etc.to build your own! My .02 WT:)devil
 

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well im not changing buckets or bench all is good in this case, i cannot change change the look of the boat it needs to stay as it was in 79 other that seat color (that was ugly), and to the sending them out i am entertaing that idea but im really trying to say that i restored the entire thing,or as much as i can in my shop. it's kinda my tribute to my grandfather who's name is on the boat
 

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well im not changing buckets or bench all is good in this case, i cannot change change the look of the boat it needs to stay as it was in 79 other that seat color (that was ugly), and to the sending them out i am entertaing that idea but im really trying to say that i restored the entire thing,or as much as i can in my shop. it's kinda my tribute to my grandfather who's name is on the boat
you neeed to post a pic of the interiro and we can tell you how to build it . I have made my buckets and also deck lid and it turned out bitchen

i used 3/4 marine grade plywood , datto'ed the joints , glue, and stainless screwed the whole thing together . I would also recomend a lil fiberglass in the high stress areas . seal the whole thing with resin
 

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ok i'll get a pick of the seats so you can see. all the structure of the seats are in good condition i just need to freshen up the surface the white is not bad but all the red needs to be done for sure.
 

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If the woods in good shape just carefully remove the old vinyl and use as a template for your new vinyl. The only other tip I have is to find someone with a industrial sewing machine, sure makes sewing alot easier and you won't break needles. As with all this crap take your time and it will turn out great. By the way cool tribute to your grandfather.
 

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Dont try and "save" the white or any vinyl. It will only look as good as the worst piece. Make sure you use a good MARINE vinyl. If you want the same look but cleaned up a little I would keep the color pattern just dont top stitch "Diamond Tuck" the white. Make it smooth with a little pleat aruond the radius. Build the frames yourself, just copy the old ones. If those front seats are bent radius thin plywood dont do that again. Don't spend the$ on Marine grade ply. Not needed. Use good furniture grade foam. Its not that hard til you get to the sewing!;)
 

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That’s cool the seat backs are solid, you don't like the diamond stitch I loved it but ill take in to consideration the seat are flat bases and the backs don’t seem to get to dirty are you saying stay away from them because there harder to keep clean or is it to hard to get the lines straight. Are you able to get it done with a standard sewing machine? And is there a special type of thread to be used? I found a company to buy the fabric from aqua vinyl sales. But I have not found a place to get the foam not that I looked yet. The only thing other then the diamonds that Im worried about is the arm rests. The fabric goes around a very sharp bend to do the armrest. There is no padding around this area, and the fabric tore I don’t know if they used foam there before, I think Im going to need to use something harder like roll bar foam. Thanks for your input
 

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A standard sewing machine will hate you and make it a PIA. As for the top stitching, every stitch you put in the top will let water penetrate through into the foam and wood bases. If you like the look it's fine but keeping it all straight is another PIA. I would suggest drain holes in the bases to let the water out.

Resin the entire bases good and the type of wood isn't a real concern. IMHO

As for the padding at the arm rest, usually how it was originally done is, the foam at the sides was 1" or so higher than the frames. As you stretch the vinyl over it, it pulls the foam over the frames in that area. I ran an additional 1 1/2" strip over mine in that area. Eventually the foam will break down...

Roll bar padding I would say not a good idea. Use a denser foam in the areas you want to be stiffer. I think foam densities are rating on something like the amount of weight required to compress a 12"x12"x3" piece of foam to a thickness of 1". Or something like that, don't quote me on that.

I bought my foam from some outfit in FL. Can't remember their name...
 

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Thats a cool concept! A while back, bought seat shams for a friends boat, modern colors, but original style. They even put the boats logo in the material via heat stamp. $1100 for the shams, local shop wanted $6500 for the job.
 

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What all are you getting for that? 2 buckets and a bench? Just curious. That sounds like a good deal if the vinyl is good quality...
2 buckets a bench and enough vinyl to cover my gunnel panels and shipping.


guy told me marine grade vinyl, mildew and UV treated, White and silver carbon. I'll post pics of the samples.

I figured I would spend over $400 doing it myself, by the time I buy needles, thread and the vinyl. Not counting the TIME
 

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I figured I would spend over $400 doing it myself, by the time I buy needles, thread and the vinyl. Not counting the TIME
At least, and then you end up with a bunch of extra vinyl in order to make all your pieces... I did mine in 3 different colors of marine grade fabric (fabric backed with vinyl) and ended up with a lot of extra in order to get the right size/shape for everything... Around $700 in material (bases, foam, fabric/vinyl) and probably 2 weeks of work in the evenings...
 

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fiberglass buckets

One of the simplest and popular way (assuming the underlying wood is damged) is to replace what you have with a pair of Fiberglass buckets and rear bench The Glass units are easy to cover , the backs can be painted to match the boat and the covers snap out for storage Tom

How much are the fiberglass buckets, WITH COVERS as pictured? I dont need full custom and diamond tuck and all that, just a plain seat with plain cover.
All this talk about $700 in vinyl cost is making me want to puke, and making me rethink my approach to re-do my interior this winter. Maybe I will just bend and weld up some seats out of aluminum sheet and make peeps use their beach towels for padding. I dont sew.
 

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wow your cheap, you spend how much on an engine and you dont even care if you have a comfortable seat. i spend lots of time in mine floating around listing to music i could not even imagine not having a good place to sit
 
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