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Replacing seat skins...how difficult as an DIY? 04 Sep 2017 16:41 #1

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Looking to save some money on my two back-to-back seats with skins I saw on line. Is this something I could do myself?

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Replacing seat skins...how difficult as an DIY? 05 Sep 2017 00:19 #2

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Easy. Use SS staples and follow the lead of the original installation. A pneumatic stapler is better than a hand stapler. If you don't have access to one, I'd pass. Get the staples long enough to get into the wood knowing the wood is not new.
Stretch, snap. Stretch, snap. I've done a few.
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Replacing seat skins...how difficult as an DIY? 05 Sep 2017 00:45 #3

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Kim at Canvas Plus can provide you covers made to the original patterns. She can also provide instructions on how to install them:

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Replacing seat skins...how difficult as an DIY? 05 Sep 2017 05:58 #4

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It's a lot of work but not complicated. My wife used the original seat fabric as a pattern. My foam was ok; you might consider replacing it, too, if it's worn or wet. Stainless Steel staples, lots of them.
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Replacing seat skins...how difficult as an DIY? 05 Sep 2017 06:21 #5

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If you're not interested in keeping a ornamental seam bead, etc., you could simply cover what's already there in white (or whatever color you choose) marine vinyl. Just cut the pieces to the right shape, and staple away. (I'm assuming the seats and backs are wood backing, foam over the wood, then vinyl over the foam).

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