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Seat Recovering

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I bought a new taller foam and cover for my pig. I've never recovered a seat. I've read the instructions, however, how difficult is it really? Should I avoid the hassle and take it to an upholstery shop?

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Welcome to Thumpertalk, brp2004....

I've never recovered a seat...Just bought a tall seat...

Hey, Where are you Oregon ....

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It is not difficult, just takes some patience. One must have tool is a heat gun. One can be had at Harbor Freight or other discount stores for less than $30 or so. You will want to soften the plastic seat pan so the staples will penetrate sufficiently as well as for making the cover more pliable. An upholstery stapler is best, though a heavy duty stapler will suffice. Other than that just follow the directions. If you screw up just pry out the staples I start over. Make sure to trim the excess seat cover material only after you're completely satisfied with the results. Hope that helps.

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I've done a few of them. I haven't gotten instructions with any of the covers so I've just gone for it on my own. Lay the new cover out preferably in the sun, or at least overnight in a heated room, this will soften it. Lay it evenly over the seat pan and start at the back. It helps to have a short step stool or bike stand with a towel over it because you'll be compressing the foam a little as you staple it up. It's easier to push down if you can work with it lower than work bench level. Work your way forward pulling it tight and stapling every half inch or so, one side, then the other so it's even. It gets a little weird when you get to the big curve but by then you'll kind of have it down. Take your time, it really isn't too hard but your hands will be sore, especially if you are using a manual stapler. I have an electric stapler that sounds like a 22 and works pretty well. Be sure to use long enough staples but not too long to stick through the pan. If you can't get them all the way in, use a little hammer as you go. In the factory they have a press that pushes on the seat pan compressing the foam just the right amount, then some monkey just starts zapping staples into it. Try to imagine that as you are doing it and it'll come just fine.

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electric stapler and put the cover in the dryer for a few minutes makes it nice and plyable

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It is not difficult, just takes some patience. One must have tool is a heat gun. One can be had at Harbor Freight or other discount stores for less than $30 or so. You will want to soften the plastic seat pan so the staples will penetrate sufficiently

+1 on that - I didn't know that when I did my seat a few weeks ago and it was a real pain, even with a heavy duty stapler.

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Here is an article from the Tech Tips forum.

Step by step on how to recover a seat.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=362765

We just use a regular staple gun and have no problems. Working with a second helper person makes it easier too. At least til you get started.

Patience is the key. If you mess up just take the staple out and replace it, no problem.

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I draw the line at doing your own seat covers. First because it's a pain in the ass and second it's one of those things that looks like crap until you get it completely right. There's no hiding a poor job.

There's an uplostry shop here in town that does seats for $20.

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