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General Discussion / Re: Upholster US Army Tanks & Other Great Gigs
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:57:21 AM »
Upholstery in Tanks? I was in a Tank unit back in the early 80's and don't recall there being much upholstery inside a tank back then, just a lot of metal to bump your head, elbows and knees into. My how times have changed  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Friday's favorite sayings
« on: October 08, 2011, 01:37:49 PM »
The amount of ones wealth consist of the things he can do without

General Discussion / Re: Wrinkles and Puckers -Help Please
« on: October 08, 2011, 09:24:04 AM »
Thank you for all this great input! I am starting on a new cover on Monday and will try applying some of the above advise. This forum has been a big help to me, it's like having a bunch of experienced to co-workers to learn from!

General Discussion / Re: Wrinkles and Puckers -Help Please
« on: October 07, 2011, 08:41:27 PM »
Do you still have the venture Tim.  ? I sold mine a year ago.
Negitive on the Venture, also sold mine about a year ago.

Oh, and the shiny fabric is Aqualon. I will experiment with thread and foot tension, thanks for the tips.

General Discussion / Wrinkles and Puckers -Help Please
« on: October 07, 2011, 05:05:32 PM »
Every boat cover that I make is full of wrinkles and puckers when finished. I have tried being more careful when fitting the blank to the boat with little success. I look at other covers that seam to be almost perfectly smooth. Any suggestions?

Here is a link to my website with several pics:


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: How do you address your customers?
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:14:39 PM »
I almost always address my customers by first name yet I use yes sir / yes mam quite a bit in conversation- probably from being in the Army. Like mentioned above, if someone refers to theirself as Mr or Dr .... then I use that title. I prefer to be called by first name because "Mr" sounds old and I am in denial! ;D

I have made a few sets from Aqualon, here is a link to a pic.


General Discussion / Re: Busy!
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:01:33 PM »
I havent posted either in a while, been swamped with boat covers, re-carpet & upholstery, mostly pontoon boats plus all the mechanical stuff I do. Just hired my 26 year old son a few weeks ago and adding a mechanic in two weeks so I can concentrate on covers and vinyl work. Probably be in a mental institution by the end of summer! :-\

General Discussion / Re: Help! Marine carpet won't budge
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:59:27 PM »
I ended up scoring the carpet about every six inches so I could pull up the top layer,  then with my shrink wrap heat gun I heated areas about four foot square until the rubber backing was smoking hot, then scraped with a garden type scraper. A twenty four foot deck took me about eight hours to get the carpet up and that was after all the side rails and furniture were removed.

Next time I will estimate more just in case this happens again.

Tired and worn Tim  ???

General Discussion / Re: how to staple hidem?
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:46:03 PM »
Thanks for the tips! I will look at modifing my staple gun and try the silicone too. I have fought with hidem in the past but this perticular roll hates me. The stuff is very soft and pliable so I thought it would be easier to work with but not so, and how much Ibuprofen can you take in a day!  :)

General Discussion / how to staple hidem?
« on: April 01, 2011, 05:18:38 PM »
Are there any tricks or a special tool to hold the hidem open so you can staple it down? My hands feel like they have been ran over by truck from fighting with this stuff!

General Discussion / Re: Help! Marine carpet won't budge
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:54:40 AM »
Here is what I have done on a couple of pontoon decks (takes the muscle out of removing carpet):
You'll need a come-along (see Harbor freight tools).
1 short section of chain
1 2x4x8
Start at the front of the pontoon and pull carpet back approx. 8 inches (across full width of pontoon). This might be tedious but is a must.
You can split the carpet into 2 or 3 sections if you need to (run a razor knife through the carpet front to rear of the deck) Shorten your 2x4 to the desired width.
Staple the carpet to the 2x4 (2 inch side) then roll the 2x4 rearward 1 full turn. Cut a hole in the center of the carpet after the full turn and attach the ratchet end of the come-along to the 2x4 using the  small length of chain through this hole.
Attach the other end of the come-along to the rear of the boat (use some method that will be strong and will not destroy the decking).
Then ratchet the carpet rearward (having another person scrape the carpet as you go if possible) this method keeps the carpet low (near the deck) and tends to pull the carpet off the wood leaving less fiber. Use the wire brush cup on your drill motor to remove the remaining fibers.

I think I will try this along with some heat from my shrink wrap tourch. Weather too nasty today, I will post my results next week.

General Discussion / Re: Help! Marine carpet won't budge
« on: March 23, 2011, 10:47:13 PM »
The multifunction tool may do the trick, if not it may work to remove staples. Harbor Freight has one for $40.


I don't know what kind of glue they used at the factory on this boat but even if I can get the backing to pull up the fibers remain stuck to the deck. Oh the ever shrinking profit margin  :'(

General Discussion / Help! Marine carpet won't budge
« on: March 23, 2011, 05:39:50 PM »
I am recarpeting a 24' Playcraft pontoon boat and I can not get the carpet up. I have done numerous re-carpets in my lifetime and never have had so much trouble getting the old carpet liberated from the plywood deck. Any thoughts on what to use- solvent, heat ???


General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 10, 2011, 11:21:39 PM »
When doing a runabout with a skirt around the perimeter, do you pattern the skirt too or just measure, cut and stitch it?

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