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tractor seats material

It seems folks in my area have a huge demand for re-upholsterying tractor seats. I have been doing a few car seats (just a hobby, and a challenge) and folks keep stopping by wanting their tractor sets done. I am considering doing a few, but I am concerned about choosing the correct materials to provide the best wear. Price is not a concern, I am looking for quality. Thank You in advance,
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Back when I was in the business. For school buses and industrial/tractor seats I used a very heavy "drill back" material. Sometimes Convertible top type material. Something with a higher "UV" resistance is common today.
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There are vinyls out there that are more than adequate to handle a tractor seat. The biggest problem is that some tractors sit out in the sun and weather all day every day of their life. No material will stand up to that abuse for very long. Find vinyls that are contract grade or automotive grade.
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I personally would use a vinyl that is designed for motorcycle seats.
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Having My own shop and done upholstery work for 34 years I have to say Dan is correct. I do many motorcycle, 4 wheeler, tractor and implement seats and they get the worst use and abuse. Use a good quality automotive vinyl and that's the best you can do. I have used some of the marine grade vinyls as they have a better UV rating with some success. One thing I would stay away from is garden tractor seats as they are most times molded and take more time than you can charge for.
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Bill is right about the garden tractor seats. You can buy a new one for $50 to $75 in many aftermarket stores and web sites. You'll lose your butt if you try to do one, and not get it to look very good besides.

There is vinyl out there that is called "transportation grade", and also some that is specifically designed to use in school buses. You can't hardly wear that stuff out. A lot of the time the stitching fails before the vinyl will.
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Thank you gentleman, I was thinking marine grade myself, but I was sure someone on here has experience in the area, and your input is appreciated.
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