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 : January 20, 2018, 10:01:11 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
Crikey. What have I got myself into?
Ok as not a commission, just on my own time.
Wonder if this is why I've seen them redone in cloth?

 : January 20, 2018, 06:10:58 PM 
65Buick - baileyuph
Factory approach:  Only vinyl with the ideal stretch properties are used (not All Sport!which leads to an
other topic alone as to why).
Factory aligns their pattern very specific to that selected stretch vinyl. Even their type of seaming is
part of the equation.  As an additive, a factory is very technical on how much they depend on stretch and
seaming to achieve their fit.

As a note - the factory material stretch parameter gets to be interesting discussion but that is another topic which applies to cloth fabrics as well - probably best for a later discussion.

But to wind up - factories will normally use steam and even slip eze in their processes (marine for example).

Like implicated - very interesting stuff centered around the topic - as it leads to when the process
becomes "molding".

At the custom shop level, this chair can be handled by adding seams in strategic places on the chair -
like a 3 piece inside back/outside back and even a 4 piece inside back (the 4th could be used around
the lower bottom where it wouldn't be seen - the vinyl used has to be considered.

Just a starter,


 : January 20, 2018, 05:13:09 PM 
65Buick - MinUph
These chairs are all done in two pieces sewn together. Patterning is the issue. The existing pattern is not what you will get when you take off the cover. Best to pattern all now while still covered in this old vinyl. Doubtful it will all come out good with the inside back as one piece. I would try it but make sure enough vinyl is available to do over if three pieces are needed. If the pattern is right on it will fall together with heat if not it won't. Good luck on this one. It will need to be very tight fitting to get it to work. You will need heat just to get it on. Silicone spray will help some. I think the factory has forms for this type of chair where it is heated and placed in a form to cool. I've always said that but never knew for sure.

 : January 20, 2018, 02:28:13 PM 
65Buick - kodydog
The ones I have done were sewn all in one piece and glued onto the frame. Lots of glue. I'm guessing a Styrofoam frame would be upholstered the same way. Does a Styrofoam frame have or need foam padding? Either way be very careful when taking the old fabric off. If you ruin the foam you will have a hard time making the new material smooth. Heat is good when removing the old fabric.

 : January 20, 2018, 01:54:44 PM 
65Buick - Mojo
I did several motorcycle seats back in the day. One was a breeze as I used All Sport. The rest I panelled using french and fell seams.

To be honest !!! I wouldn't even know where in the heck to begin with that chair. I am wondering if Dennis, Paul, Doyle or Ed have ever done one of these. It would be interesting to know some of the tricks.


 : January 20, 2018, 01:32:52 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
It's an oddity. I read that it is molded styrofoam - and based on the weight I would think that is true.
I figured if I can't do the IB in one piece, I'll make a couple seams. I've seen a few done that way.

 : January 20, 2018, 09:21:28 AM 
65Buick - Mojo

And I thought motorcycle seats were a PITA. I would not want to recover that chair.


 : January 20, 2018, 04:47:15 AM 
brmax - Inger-in-Norway
The link to the forum from the main upholster.com has been repaired.

 : January 19, 2018, 08:05:05 PM 
brmax - kodydog
Thanks Paul, I'll check out "Windows Defender Security Center".

 : January 19, 2018, 06:19:58 PM 
SteveA - 65Buick
I agree with Kody.

There are probably lots looking. A simpler way to participate in the forum would help. Lots.

And as for the kit Kody mentioned, I wish I had bought that. I ended up buying nearly everything, at a higher cost.

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