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    DIY: Solution To The Abrasive Factory Cover

    Just installing the OEM cover on your ski puts scratches in the paint and visor. Forget trailering it. Just the *installation* will mar your finish. For us OCD types that's a HUGE no-no.

    I have NO IDEA why Yamaha would make a product designed to protect the finish of a ski have a liner equivalent to 150-grit sandpaper.

    Anyway, a factory cover came with my ski and as it stood there was no way in hell I was gonna put it on after I wetsanded and buffed the entire thing AND bought a new visor. Sorry, not happening. But I needed a cover to protect from dust and flying crap in the garage.

    The aftermarket had nothing enticing, so I had to make my own solution.

    Install a microfiber liner inside the OEM Yamaha cover. Let's PAMPER that fresh new finish:



    So here's how it went down:

    I started the project with a microfiber duvet cover my sister donated to the cause. Nice, thick, and FLUFFY. Plush stuff, here.



    Step 1, lose the liner. A razor blade mounted in a vice makes a perfect shearing tool to separate the two.



    And here's the separated liner ready for the trash:



    Next step, put the cover inside out on the ski to cut the microfiber into panels to fit your ski.



    Now, drape your microfiber over and design your panels.



    Here we are with final panel design. Microfiber is over any areas that make contact with the paint or visor.





    Now spray upholstery glue on the back of the microfiber.



    And on the back of the cover.



    Press on the microfiber panels and BAM. No more marred finish!



    Look at that softness. It's like draping your ski in a fluffy cloud.



    And that's it! Problem solved. Go ahead and trailer with that sumbitch! Throw some wax under it before you leave for the ramp and enjoy one HELL of a buff job courtesy of the wind when you get there.

    No, I do not use this cover outside in the elements or for trailering. It's used inside only as a dust and ding protector.

    Told ya I was OCD. Enjoy!


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    Looks really good! Did you sew the seems together or just glue the sufaces? Good job!!!!!

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    Nope, it's all glue. The seams are the same as if they were sewn; folded back and then glued butted together.

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    GENIUS!!

    i'll be doing the same... this has been in the back of my mind, and you just saved me from experimenting on my own or paying an upholstery shop....

    simply genius...

    thanks for the post

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    Haha no prob, Shib! I was tired of losing sleep over this so action had to be taken!

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    clean, make me one

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    Looks great!!! I cut up an old soft car cover and slide it on before the OEM cover. Looks like I need to break out the adhesive!!

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    EXCELLENT JOB ! I just moved this to the HOW-TO section !!

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    As Jeremy Clarkson would say "Properly Brilliant"!
    It might be too late to save my ski from the rub marks. I trailered mine to florida once with it on. not cool. not to mention the learner marks from docking and Jack A**es that run no wake zones.

    I too run in the OCD classification.
    Last edited by GPryan; 03-24-2008 at 01:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleanSC View Post
    Look at that softness. It's like draping your ski in a fluffy cloud!
    GREAT IDEA!

    Q? what does it weigh now? how does it hold water? if it gets dirty how do you clean it?

    -unless you travel on stoned roads dont tow w/cover on. if your storing it put a blankie under the cover.

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