Thread: How To: Installing Seat Cover
12-11-2005, 08:36 PM #1
How To: Installing Seat Cover
If you attempt to do it yourself you will need an air operated staple gun. A hand gun or an electric stapler will not be powerful enough to penetrate the seat plastic backing.
1. Install the new seat cover over the old one..do not remove it !
2. A heat gun (hair dryer) is a necessity, or better yet, do the install in the hot summer sun (impossible in December). The sweat you drip on the installation will 'personalize' the job. The plastic cover is much easier to stretch to shape when it is hot and soft.
3. An extra set of hands is always welcome. It's not easy to heat, pull, stretch, jank, staple and curse when using only 2 hands.
4. Use stainless, or better yet, monel staples. I forget if I used 3/16 or 1/4" staples.
5. After a struggle, temper tandrum and more than likely a "F_ ed up" mess, I will be happy to sell you another new seat cover that you can take to a professional upholsterer and have him do the job right.
Let everyone know how you made out.
12-11-2005, 08:55 PM #2
For $30 to $50 it hardly seems worth the work to do it yourself.
I like the instructions you guys gave. It reminds me of when I used to be a contractor. I was putting in a house full of new windows and a sticker on each window said "installs in one hour in 3 easy steps"
Step 1 - Remove old window
Step 2 - Prepare opening
Step 3 - Install new window
That was an exact quote.
12-11-2005, 08:57 PM #3
OK OK Already i get it! LOL Thanks Rich.
12-11-2005, 11:20 PM #4
And also make sure they do remove the stock seat cover or it's gonna be a water trap.
12-11-2005, 11:30 PM #5
11 I think I like the stock seat cover in place and then the new one placed over. It actually makes for a more water tight fit. IMO. Jettrim is by far the best covers as they are formed fitted and the others are not.
I bought everything to it myself as I have had three seats done and it got to exspensive. So I got with John (FASTxpl) and he really helped me out with it all. After your first seat it is easy. But the staples are like $40 bucks a box for my gun. But I can do like 100 seats with them LOL.
First time HARD as hell.
Second. A hole heck of allot easier.
In San Antonio TX. area come by and will get ur done.
12-11-2005, 11:42 PM #6
It is more watertight indeed but it goes both ways, it will be harder for the water to get in, but it will make it harder to leave too.
And through the season water will get in anyways, so I am all for a seat that "breathes" better to let go the water that will get in no matter what.
I tried both and my seats were always lighter when the stock cover was removed.
12-28-2005, 01:25 PM #7
It is recommended to leave the old seat cover on unless it's trashed.
Follow the instruction below. Like Austin says, the more you do, the easier it becomes.
12-28-2005, 05:01 PM #8
Thanks XPL i guess if i get brave i have something to go on.
12-28-2005, 05:20 PM #9
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Why do you leave the old seat cover on? isn`t the idea to install new seat cover for better appearance?...PR...
12-28-2005, 06:56 PM #10
Your old seat cover is waterproof, it doesn't have any seams. The new cover will leak through the stitching.
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