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Old 12-23-2007, 11:38 AM
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Need some tips on redoing auto/boat upholstery.

I'm thinking about starting a new winter project, since I'm going crazy not being able to do anything outside because of the cruddy weather.

I'm thinking about redoing the interior/seats in my boat. I'm not really sure if this is something I can do myself, or if I should leave it up to the pro's. Has anyone done this before? Any tips?

Are there any good internet sites that show a step-by-step process of how it's done?

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I would encourage you to do some searching on the site to see what others have done..Start with something simple and go from there..Lots of us have done things we never did before just from reading and study..and some time in the shop...None of us knew a thing until we got on it and tried..

When you get to a specific stopper then ask and we will try and give up a tip or two to get through that..

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I'm just starting out,The sewing part is a hole deferent ball game.Like he said before me,Do some home work first.I will help you as much as I can ,but Dan is the man to talk to.
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Are there any good books out there, or sites on the net that will give me some pointers on the basics? Where to get the materials, special tread, just some basic info.
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Are there any good books out there, or sites on the net that will give me some pointers on the basics? Where to get the materials, special tread, just some basic info.
Do a google search On custom auto interiors,There are two good books,for sure.There is all kind of websites that sell things.I use Your auto trim.Hope this helps you.
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Are there any good books out there, or sites on the net that will give me some pointers on the basics? Where to get the materials, special tread, just some basic info.
You are asking questions that can't be answered in a short amount of time. The correct thread to use in boat upholstery is polyester, which is not as strong size for size as nylon, but handles UV rays better. Use size 92 for most boat work. You can get materials from many online sources such as www.rochfordsupply.com. Be sure you get marine vinyl, which will hold up better.
All seat upholstery is basically the same, whether it's a car or a boat, but in general boat upholstery is a lot simpler, more self explanatory and requires a little less upholstery skill, which makes it a good thing to start on. Do a lot of research, either online or at the library, before you just jump in with both feet. Check out this thread for auto seat tips: Truck Seat Upholstery Tutorial
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I would immediately suggest "Automotive Upholstery Handbook" and "Custom Auto Interiors" - both by Don Taylor.

IMO: The first one is more of a "how-to" of the mechanics and the second has more to do with "design". Both are written with the hobbyist/do-it-yourselfer in mind. I know that I have found them both very helpful, and I strictly fall into that h/diy category.

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The only problem I have with "Custom Auto Interiors" (yes, I read all the books like this I can find....you never know when you'll find a tip, or a better way to do something) is that there doesn't seem to be any project that is shown from start to finish which I found very confusing. I have been doing this for over 30 years, so I can only imagine how confusing it could be for someone just starting out. They also seemed to only brush over seat construction, which is why I posted "Truck seat tutorial" Truck Seat Upholstery Tutorial on this bulletin board. This thread should be easy to understand for a beginner.
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Try this site http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...=seat%20repair
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