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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Amateur vinyl repair (seat)

So I've been going back and forth trying to find a good replacement seat cover and finding someone to repair a spring poking through the side of my drivers seat for months now. Well, actually I bought the car with it but it's been getting worse.

I haven't been able to find a good replacement and I finally got tired of the thing stabbing me in the ass (and ruining my pants!) so I went to an upholstery shop. I was quoted $800 to repair. Said they would probably have to redo the spring pad. The foam was worn so they'd have to do that and then the vinyl repair. He told me get a new seat from a junkyard.

That wasn't good enough for me...the car has 29k miles on it. Nothing I find at a yard is going to match.

So, I decided to take it apart myself and see wtf is going on. Turns out there is a piece of wire embedded in the front portion of the seat cushion. The seat cover is hog ringed on to this toward the front. Well, it's not embedded in the foam very far and the end of it just tore loose.

I didn't want to remove the wire completely because the seat cover is attached to it so I ran some wire around it and through the seat foam and wrapped again around a dowel I put on the underside of the cushion. This should prevent it from pulling up anymore. I also trimmed it back as far from the edge of the seat foam as I could and put a rubber cap over the end of it just in case.

Otherwise the internals of the seat were fine. I also added some firm upholstery foam I got on amazon since the factory foam was squashed a little. I cut it to fit and put it under the factory foam pad. Now my tuchus is nice and supported.

Then I had to repair the holes in the seat. I used JB Weld vinyl repair. I was able to match the color pretty well but it still dried noticeably darker than I wanted. It was also raised higher than the rest of the vinyl so I had to sand it down to it wasn't so obvious. I painted the side of the seat with SEM Medium gray. I lost the grain pattern in the vinyl repair from sanding it but I can't think of any way to get it even with the surrounding area without sanding.

It's not perfect but it's better than the $800 I was quoted to fix.

Only issue is the side of the seat is a little lighter than the seat itself but we'll see if some cleaning in the spring rectifies that. And if not I'm sure it will fade some with age. Overall I am happy with the repair.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 01:25 PM
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1. As the driver you'se the only one who will ever notice anything. And then, only if you stick someone's nose in it.
2. Kiss off ever selling your car for $20,000 now.
3. $24 in the kit, foam and patch paint is a better price than that quote according to my spreadsheet.
3. Dammed impressive amateur work.

I sat in mine with a screwdriver once. At about your 30,000k miles. Yes, it was pointed the wrong way. I'll end up removing the skin to patch it correctly, but then I can add the side padding that everybody does so not so much sloshing around in turns.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Honestly, I think the manager at the shop I took it to knew it was a BS job so he just told me some crazy number to get rid of me.

But yeah, I'll always see it because I know it's there but you really can't see it unless you're looking for it. I showed a couple of friends and they didn't notice until I pointed it out.

It probably would have been better if I had the cover off when I glued it. I could have kept the edges closer. I'm glad I tried it myself though. I learned a few things that will help me in the future. I've already got some repairs in mind for my Corvette in the spring. AND if it does really get to me then I can always swap the driver and passenger seat covers. But I think as time and dirt accumulate it will match better lol

But compared to the user reviews and images on Amazon where I bought the patch kit it looks above average

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 12:06 PM
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if you bought a new GM truck with cloth seats and wanted the auto upholstery shop up here put in vinyl covers they told me $1000 for the front seats told me they do these multiple times a day from dealerships/new owners.

I also did that fix quickly . it was just a small tear so no big deal. removed the bottom cover and locked in in the rod.. used super glue on the vinyl. still holding after 4 yrs now.

I did use cushion stuffing in the seat . also the back it was added so it gave more back support .
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Question Hmmmmm

2" or 3" padding? Considering trying this myself, looking at padding on Amazon.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2017, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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My amazon order history says it was 1.5" actually:
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