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If you have your own boat and you take it out on the water often, your vinyl seats may be subjected to an abundance of sunshine, leading the covers to appear faded. If this is happening to your seat covers, try your hand at sprucing up the look of your boat by giving them a brand new look. It is not difficult to reupholster your seat covers yourself with a few materials and a bit of time. Here are some instructions for you to use to do vinyl seat cover reupholstering, giving your boat a great new look.
Materials You Will Need
Removing The Worn Covers
To take off a sun-faded vinyl cover from one of your seats, use a screwdriver to remove the screws underneath the seating area. Place them in a safe location so you will have them handy when it comes time to reassemble the seat with the new cover attached. The seat will now detach from the base, making it a bit easier to work with.
If the cover was stapled onto the plywood at the bottom of the seat, remove the staples using a staple remover or by prying them out with a screwdriver. If you do not see any staples, carefully cut the cover off of the seat. This is done by making a cut into the vinyl underneath the plywood seat and continuing to cut it around the perimeter of the seating. Cut as close to the middle of the seat, from underneath where it can not be seen, as you can. Lift the old cover off of the seat.
Adding New Covers
Measure your old seat cover so you know how much vinyl to purchase. Use your old seat cover as a template to make a new cover from your new vinyl. Lay the old seat cover on top of the new vinyl and trace it with a piece of chalk. Cut out the new pattern and drape it over the chair.
Pull the vinyl tightly over the seat, smoothing it to get out any lumps. Fold the vinyl underneath the plywood seat and use a staple gun to hold the vinyl in place, making sure to cover as much of the old vinyl left on the bottom of your seat, as possible. Trim any excess vinyl using scissors, if necessary. Gather the screws you had placed in safekeeping. Set the seat back on the base and poke the screws into the vinyl to screw them back into place.
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