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Posted January 24, 2013 - 06:06 PM

The Craftsman I'm currently working on had some really big rip's in the seat and of course the foam was exposed and it really looked bad. So yesterday I decided to experiment on repairing, because a new on is a bit more then I wanted to pay out. So I decided to use some foam, wire screen and my plastic welder and start patching.

 

Here is the results:

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I'm going to try and use some fine sandpaper and smooth it out some.  I'm thinking maybe a heat gun may work better then iron I was using.

 

Has anyone else repaired a seat?  If so what did you use and how did you go about doing the repair?


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 06:18 PM

Bill that's much better than having the foam hanging out. It looks like battle scars. 


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Looks good, but I'd be afraid of it cracking next to that. Unless you have some way to soften the plastic.


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Looks much better than most repairs that I've seen. Nice work.  :thumbs: 


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 07:08 PM

Looks good, but I'd be afraid of it cracking next to that. Unless you have some way to soften the plastic.

 

Actually the wife brought that up as well.  It's a good point and not I really don't have a way a this point.  I was thinking using a heat gum may work better to just soften the plastic lay into the contour of the seat and then seal the edge's.  I was hoping maybe others had experimented with some repairs and we could compare notes. 



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Posted January 24, 2013 - 07:20 PM

I did one in the past.  I bought foam and "fake leather" lol, and went to work.  Very time consuming and hard at times because I had no idea what I was doing but it turned out great and was very cheap to do.  Damn thing lasted forever and as far as I know the guy that owns the tractor now hasn't replaced/repaired it.  The foam and the "fake leather" can be bought at Joann fabrics or Michaels.  Best part is you can pick any color you want.  Just an option.


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 07:30 PM

Looks like a great idea.  It likely will last better than you think.


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 07:45 PM

Bill,  what does your plastic welder look like?  Rick


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Most repairs I've seen, are done with duct tape. :(

 

Yours looks good and strong Bill. As said, try someting to soften the surronding

mat'l. Armorall, or?


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:35 PM

Bill, looks good. A buddy of mine does vinyl repair for a living. He used some stuff that looks like that liquid electrical tape. You might to be able to buy those kits Hobby Lobby.
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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:37 PM

Rick, It looks like a soldiering iron with a triangle as the tip.


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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Bill, looks good. A buddy of mine does vinyl repair for a living. He used some stuff that looks like that liquid electrical tape. You might to be able to buy those kits Hobby Lobby.

 

I'll have to check that out, what does he use to support underneath?  I found that foam tended to push the plastic up when it got heated, but if I used Screen over it, it did fairly well.  The bad thing about doing it the way I did is trying to get the seat plastic to blend in with replacement plastic.  Oh by the way I used a black oil bottle.



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Posted January 24, 2013 - 08:43 PM

I did one in the past.  I bought foam and "fake leather" lol, and went to work.  Very time consuming and hard at times because I had no idea what I was doing but it turned out great and was very cheap to do.  Damn thing lasted forever and as far as I know the guy that owns the tractor now hasn't replaced/repaired it.  The foam and the "fake leather" can be bought at Joann fabrics or Michaels.  Best part is you can pick any color you want.  Just an option.

 

FL how did you get the fake leather to follow the contour of the seat?



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 04:26 AM

 how did you get the fake leather to follow the contour of the seat?

I cut an oversized pattern of the seat.....way oversized.  As I was putting it on I had to constantly trim.  I started at the top of the seat and worked my way towards the bottom.  It's hard to explain. Wish I had a video of it for ya. Here's a video I found that kinda shows what I mean in the beginning of the video. 

http://www.youtube.c...v=l7WhPQC1D2QFL


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Posted January 25, 2013 - 05:51 AM

That looks alright,hope it last for awhile.






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