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I want to repair this seat in the most cost effective way. The only damage is the driver area, the rest is in very good condition. The tears are where the cloth was sewn onto the pad. Aside from getting a new cover than won't match, what options do I have? Can I repair the tears in the cloth? Do I need a new panel sewn into it? Thanks


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You might have other week areas in the cloth that you won'y know about until you start disassembly. I've found out that usually panel replacement does,t come out the way you want it to. I'd go for a new cover if I were you.
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I do this all the time for a customer who re-furbishes diesel trucks. The driver's half of the seat that gets all the wear needs to be replaced. The only problem is getting the original fabric, 'cuz this is a very easy repair if everything else on the seat is solid and hasn't dried out or gotten cracked or brittle. If that's the case the whole seat cover needs to be replaced.
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I do this all the time for a customer who re-furbishes diesel trucks. The driver's half of the seat that gets all the wear needs to be replaced. The only problem is getting the original fabric, 'cuz this is a very easy repair if everything else on the seat is solid and hasn't dried out or gotten cracked or brittle. If that's the case the whole seat cover needs to be replaced.
Thanks for the reply. The rest of the seat is in good shape. The truck was covered for most of it's life. I do have a source for the material but it's $85 a yard. Can you tell me what it would cost to replace that panel, ball park? Would it be cheaper to have the seat out or even take the cover off? It looks like its held on with two long plastic clips front and back and about 10 hog rings on each side. Thanks.
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If you take the seat out, remove the seat cover from the frame, put it back on the frame, and re-install the seat, it shouldn't cost more than $100.00. If the upholsterer has to do all of it, about $200.00. This is just a guess, but that's what I would charge.

A bench seat is as easy a job as there is to take off and re-install. Just take off the hog rings, unfasten the two plastic "J" channels front and back and it will come right off. Reverse the process to put it back on starting with the plastic "J" channels.
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If you take the seat out, remove the seat cover from the frame, put it back on the frame, and re-install the seat, it shouldn't cost more than $100.00. If the upholsterer has to do all of it, about $200.00. This is just a guess, but that's what I would charge.

A bench seat is as easy a job as there is to take off and re-install. Just take off the hog rings, unfasten the two plastic "J" channels front and back and it will come right off. Reverse the process to put it back on starting with the plastic "J" channels.

Awesome. Thanks for your input!
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If you take the seat out, remove the seat cover from the frame, put it back on the frame, and re-install the seat, it shouldn't cost more than $100.00. If the upholsterer has to do all of it, about $200.00. This is just a guess, but that's what I would charge.

A bench seat is as easy a job as there is to take off and re-install. Just take off the hog rings, unfasten the two plastic "J" channels front and back and it will come right off. Reverse the process to put it back on starting with the plastic "J" channels.
I had 2 panels replaced on my 1996 Grand Marquis. I supplied the vinyl. The shop charges me 200 bucks to remove the seat, remove the cover, replace the 2 panels and reinstall everything.
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