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#76 blackjackjakexxix OFFLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2016 - 08:00 PM

Very nice Stew
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Posted June 10, 2016 - 04:18 PM

Thanks for the kind words - I know this probably looks like a duplication of the two piece cover posting on the second seat but I wanted to show the few changes I am doing on this last seat such as the one piece padding.  I am also going to try a smaller welt diameter material where the material joins at the bottom and see if I can make the metal lip more uniform where the material is crimped at those two locations as the metal bulges out a bit more on the second seat because of the extra material.  Today I glued the cover around the sides and back and let the glue cure while I cut some grass.  Then I tucked the welt in around the outside edge - will let it sit overnight and if it looks as good in the morning I will close up the lip, mask it and do some final surface prep of the pan before I paint it. 

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  • 1 Cover Glued.jpg
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  • 4 Cover Glued.jpg
  • 5 Welt Tucked In.jpg
  • 6 Welt Tucked In.jpg
  • 7 Welt Tucked In.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, June 10, 2016 - 04:55 PM.

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Posted June 10, 2016 - 04:34 PM

Looking absolutely fantastic Stew as always.
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Posted June 11, 2016 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  Had a look at the seat this morning and things looked good so I worked away at closing up the lip.  I decided to leave the welt the same where the joins are at the front and chose to trim the material away at the join so that it would only be a single layer the same as the rest of the cover where it came back out from under the lip.  I marked the cover where the seat lip was, then pulled the welt and cover out of the trough at the join and then made a second mark about 1/4" lower on the material.  I trimmed the extra layers of material where it was folded over down to the lower mark which left a single layer of vinyl coming back out from under the lip as you can see in the pictures.  I then pushed the welt back in the trough and squeezed the edge back down working my way around the seat pan.  Once I had that done I trimmed the vinyl sticking out to about 3/4" and folded and stapled the two front corners together as you can see in the pictures - this made the material pull together so that it did not hang out over the seat lip but instead formed nicely around the corner.  As you will notice I stapled the material from the inside so the points of the staples are pointing towards the outside in case they did not bend over all the  way - this way the points should not accidentally puncture the cover material.  Then I went around the edge with a length of masking tape and once I had it stuck to the vinyl I used masking paper to cover the vinyl and taped the edge of the paper to the masking tape on the vinyl.  This made masking the cover fairly simple and once the seat pan is painted and dry I will remove the masking paper and trim the excess vinyl with a razor blade.   

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  • 1 Mark Where Seat Lip Is.jpg
  • 2 Marks Where Join Is.jpg
  • 3 Folded Over Material Trimmed From Join.jpg
  • 4 Welt Pushed Back In.jpg
  • 5 Welt Pushed Back In.jpg
  • 6 Lip Closed Up At Join.jpg
  • 7 Lip Squeezed Closed.jpg
  • 8 Material Stapled Together At Corners.jpg
  • 9 Material Stapled At Corners.jpg
  • 10 Stapling Shapes Material Around Corner.jpg
  • 11 Stapling Shapes Material Around Corner.jpg
  • 12 Masking Tape Around Edge.jpg
  • 13 Seat Cover Masked.jpg
  • 14 Seat Cover Masked.jpg
  • 15 Seat Cover Masked.jpg

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Posted June 12, 2016 - 06:07 PM

Unmasked the seat and trimmed the cover material along the edge with a razor blade.  Once I did that there were a few spots along the front edge and two front corners that had not got much paint on them as the vinyl had sheltered them right at the edge so I touched them up with a bit of paint dabbed on with the end of a paper match.

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  • 1 Seat Lip Painted.jpg
  • 2 Seat Pan Painted.jpg
  • 3 Seat Pan Painted.jpg
  • 4 Seat Pan Painted.jpg
  • 5 Masking Tape Removed.jpg
  • 6 Starting To trim Vinyl Along Seat Edge.jpg
  • 7 Close Up Of Edge.jpg
  • 8 Touching Up Seat Edge At Front And Corners.jpg
  • 9 Close Up Of Touch Up.jpg

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Posted June 12, 2016 - 06:16 PM

While doing the touch up I accidently got a bit of white paint on my hand and somehow imparted it onto the seat cover in the middle of the first pleat as you can see in the first picture.  Since I don't like using paint thinner on vinyl I used a trick I learned many years ago when I spilled some automotive paint on a new pair of jeans.  I took a bit of hand cleaner and let it sit on the paint for about five minutes - since the paint wicks into the grain of the vinyl the same way it did to the cloth of the jeans letting the hand cleaner sit on the painted area usually softens the paint.  Then I took a finger nail and worked the hand cleaner into the grain of the vinyl to make the paint loose its bond and then wiped it off. 

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  • 1 White Paint On Seat.jpg
  • 2 Hand Cleaner Applied On Paint.jpg
  • 3 Hand Cleaner Worked In WIth Finger Nail.jpg
  • 4 Hand Cleaner Wiped Off.jpg

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Posted June 12, 2016 - 06:19 PM

Here are pictures of the third seat.  As you can see in the close ups trimming the vinyl at the joins at the front allowed the lip at the front of the seat pan to remain fairly even where it is crimped down.  Hopefully this will make Robert's 900 look close to original in the seat department.

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  • 1 Seat Front View.jpg
  • 2 Seat Corner View.jpg
  • 3 Side View.jpg
  • 4 Top View.jpg
  • 5 Side View.jpg
  • 6 Left Pan At Seam Join Close Up.jpg
  • 7 Left Pan At Seam Join Close Up.jpg
  • 8 Right Pan At Seam Join Close Up.jpg
  • 9 Right Pan At Seam Join Close Up.jpg

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Posted June 12, 2016 - 07:45 PM

What else can be said then WOW !!!!
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Posted June 12, 2016 - 08:57 PM

Absolutely perfect Stew! I didn't expect it would look so good, I know the "bowl" type seat was going to be somewhat of a challenge to refurbish and once again you figured it out.
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Posted June 12, 2016 - 09:03 PM

Absolutely perfect Stew! I didn't expect it would look so good, I know the "bowl" type seat was going to be somewhat of a challenge to refurbish and once again you figured it out.

Thanks, I wasn't sure it was going to look as good as it does either.  Looks like your trip for the $75.00 tractor was a good investment.



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Posted June 13, 2016 - 04:50 AM

Great work as always! Can't wait to see the next seat project!


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Posted June 13, 2016 - 08:09 AM

Nice work! BTW, on fresh paint charcoal lighter fluid or WD-40 rubbed in well will take it right off and won't harm vinyl.


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