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kgrove
05-19-2009, 02:32 AM
I found a small tear on one of my seat cushions. Nothing major - about 1/2" long like maybe somebody dropped the corner of a wakeboard on it or hit it with a fin. What's the best way to repair it to keep it from getting worse? It's an '08, so I'm trying to avoid duct tape.

SOCALX45
05-19-2009, 04:59 AM
That just happened to me. I took it into the dealer and they had their vinyl guy come out. They charged me $80. I didnt trust myself to attempt to fix it.

FlatBoard
05-19-2009, 06:56 PM
$80 doesn't sound too bad. Cheaper than new vinyl. I have the same issue with the engine cover pad. Got bit by a wakeboard. I have seen repair kits advertised, but don't know how effective they are. May be a job for the pros.

Ramhouse
05-19-2009, 07:28 PM
Don't feel too bad. I just got new skins in my boat and it looked great!!!!Then i went to set the swim platform in the boat because i was going to wax it and i hit the motor cover corner and nicked a tiny hole in it. Dont know why i didnt just put the platform in the garage..guess i had a lesson the learn.

jwchapman
05-20-2009, 10:10 AM
I dropped my wakeboard on the motor box - sounds like the same type of tear. I have an old boat so I wasn't looking for a perfect match, just something decent that would keep it from tearing more. I used one of the vinyl repair kits from Autozone or Wal Mart or similar (don't remember where) with the included iron. Followed the instrctions and it came out pretty well - much better than seeing the rip in the vinyl.

JohnE
05-20-2009, 10:14 AM
Find a Dr. Vinyl or other repair service. I'm sure it would be under a $100 to repair. Your dealer likely has someone that comes in regularly.

TMCNo1
05-20-2009, 10:38 AM
Check with your local new/used car dealers for companies who do leather/vinyl/cloth/carpet/plastic/glass/paint/paintless dent repair work for the dealerships so you can cut out the middleman.

ntidsl
05-20-2009, 10:42 AM
TMC...you know everything obviously...what would you recommend for just a small scratch...not a rip...I had a rope hanging over my vinyl and someone int he water decided to grab in and pull on it...I didnt notice until the rope rubbed a spot...I want to protect it from drying and cracking...will that happen?

TMCNo1
05-20-2009, 11:05 AM
TMC...you know everything obviously...what would you recommend for just a small scratch...not a rip...I had a rope hanging over my vinyl and someone int he water decided to grab in and pull on it...I didnt notice until the rope rubbed a spot...I want to protect it from drying and cracking...will that happen?

Those repair guys can clean it up, airbrush a vinyl dye to match your color and you'll never see it again.
As a example, here is a franchise called MARS (Miracle Appearance Reconditioning Specialists), http://company.monster.com/marsint/ and http://www.marsinternational.com/, that works our area dealers and individual customers, 1-877-262-6277 or here, http://www.foundvalue.com/franchises/b/mars, may get you your local guy, if you have one.

ntidsl
05-20-2009, 11:32 AM
excellent! already emailed them to set up an appt!