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post #1 of 2 Old 06-06-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Results: DIY Seat Reupholstering

The goal was to replace my old seat vinyl with tears for new vinyl.

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- If you are unable to do any substantive foam work it pays to sand down the existing foam just a little. Emphasis on a little. Peeling back that layer revealed some nice tender foam. Only put a few miles on it since the job but feels softer.

- a big part of that "feeling softer" has got to be the vinyl. Comparing the new and old side by side is astonishing. The old stuff is stiff and dry like you wouldn't believe. The new vinyl (ordered a roll for about $15 on Amazon) is really plush and supple.

- A pneumatic stapler would be great, but an electric one will suffice. I used the latter.

Hardest part: getting the right tautness but keeping it even all the way around. Had to pull up and restaple some spots at least 5 times. Was a pain in the ass.

Overall, it took me about 3 hrs from start to finish and I'm super pleased with the results. I never did get the creasing right (see photos, still a wrinkle near the front) but compared to my patched, raggedy old seat cover this is worlds apart.

It will suit me for the next few thousand miles until I can get my hands on a used Corbin which I so desperately crave (anyone? anyone?)

Let me know if you have any questions, a good use of my time in the end
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-06-2017, 05:24 PM
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The goal was to replace my old seat vinyl with tears for new vinyl.

Best tips:
- If you are unable to do any substantive foam work it pays to sand down the existing foam just a little. Emphasis on a little. Peeling back that layer revealed some nice tender foam. Only put a few miles on it since the job but feels softer.

- a big part of that "feeling softer" has got to be the vinyl. Comparing the new and old side by side is astonishing. The old stuff is stiff and dry like you wouldn't believe. The new vinyl (ordered a roll for about $15 on Amazon) is really plush and supple.

- A pneumatic stapler would be great, but an electric one will suffice. I used the latter.

Hardest part: getting the right tautness but keeping it even all the way around. Had to pull up and restaple some spots at least 5 times. Was a pain in the ass.

Overall, it took me about 3 hrs from start to finish and I'm super pleased with the results. I never did get the creasing right (see photos, still a wrinkle near the front) but compared to my patched, raggedy old seat cover this is worlds apart.

It will suit me for the next few thousand miles until I can get my hands on a used Corbin which I so desperately crave (anyone? anyone?)

Let me know if you have any questions, a good use of my time in the end
Hard to beat that at $15 and you can even get it cheaper if you only buy a small amount of material. I think the key to getting the wrinkles out is heat. You've got to lay it out in the sun and then know where to pull.

I have a Corbin from my other bike and it's nice. I looked all over for the same material, it's some cross hatch thing, but never could find it. One of the other things about doing this is that you can replace the foam with gel and you can add more foam to create a shape you want.

I'd like to reshape mine so that there's more ridge in the back to hold you in.
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