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How to Reupholster Vinyl in a Boat

by Rob Kemmett
Vinyl boat seats can be easily reupholstered.

Vinyl boat seats can be easily reupholstered.

Seats on a boat that are upholstered in vinyl occasionally need to be repaired. Exposure to the sun and other elements will wear the vinyl and eventually it will become unpleasant to look at and sit on. When the vinyl seats on your boat become tattered, purchase some replacement vinyl and reupholster the seats to have them looking like new.

1.

Remove the seat from the chair or bench. The seat is often attached with screws inserted through the bottom of the seat. Remove the screws with a screwdriver and remove the seat from the chair or bench. Reserve the screws.

2.

Remove the staples from the underside of the seat with needle nose pliers.

3.

Heat the edges of the vinyl with a blow drier or hot air gun to loosen the glue underneath. Pull the vinyl away from the underside of the seat when the glue softens. Remove the vinyl from the seat. Discard the old cotton batting found underneath the vinyl.

4.

Cut cotton batting or foam padding into pieces that are the same dimensions as the seat. Staple the batting around the outer edge of the seat. Alternatively, you may apply hot glue to the seat with a glue gun and secure the batting that way.

5.

Lay the vinyl on the floor, top side down. The colored side of the vinyl should be facing the ground.

6.

Lay the seat on top of the vinyl, batting side down.

7.

Pull the vinyl up and over the seat. Stretch the vinyl so it comes about 2 inches in on the underside of the seat. If the vinyl is cold, it may be hard to stretch. Gently warm the vinyl with a blow drier or heat gun if necessary.

8.

Staple the vinyl to the underside of the seat with a staple gun. Keep the vinyl stretched while stapling. Tap each staple with a rubber mallet so the head of the staple is flush with the underside of the seat.

9.

Cut away the excess vinyl with scissors.

10.

Replace the seat and secure it with the reserved screws.

Items you will need

  • Vinyl (enough to cover the seats)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Cotton batting or foam padding
  • Blow drier or hot air gun
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

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