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 Post subject: seat recover
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:27 am 
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I planned to recover my seat but the plastic base is so brittle that staples actually break and crack the plastic I am sure there must be a way to work around this. I have not contacted a proper upholstery shop as I plan to do it myself and suspect they would not want to give away all their trade secrets. Any suggestions or experiences ?


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 Post subject: Re: seat recover
PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Hi WOFLD - I have no ideas on seats I'm afraid, but would GRP work using the old base as a mould ? I did this (with some help from a mate) on my old bashplate which had completely rotted and was full of holes and the end result was perfect. Just wondering if you could do the same with a seat plastic base ? Just thoughts ....


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 Post subject: Re: seat recover
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:49 am 
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I thought I posted a response but I may of had a drink that night, GRP Glass reinforced plastic or as we might call it fiberglass? that might give me a surface that would take a staple. The actual plastic seat base is in good shape no cracks except the one from where I tried to staple in to it. I had thought about attaching a wood? strip that wood accept staples with two part epoxy (JBweld) but perhaps a staple strip help in place by GRP. NO rush and I probably should check with an upholstery shop along the way.


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 Post subject: Re: seat recover
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:26 am 
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Yes, I think fibreglass probably not a good idea - had forgottten about the need to take staples. Good idea to visit an upholstery shop !!


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