Results: DIY Seat Reupholstering
The goal was to replace my old seat vinyl with tears for new vinyl.
- 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