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5280Hawk
06-08-2010, 10:23 PM
As Requested, here are the first few photos of my Seats with the new skins from Copycat Covers. I Installed them myself over the weekend. I have about half of the parts covered, and I'm waiting for the rest of the skins to ship. I'll keep this thread posted with photos, of the rest of the skins and the installation in the boat.

These are going in my 2002 X-star. As you can see i changed the design of the embroidery to match the graphics I put on the transom.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080028-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080033.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080032-1.jpg

5280Hawk
06-08-2010, 10:26 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080030-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080035.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080031.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6080036.jpg

TOO-TALL
06-08-2010, 10:41 PM
Wow!...Those look great good job.
I will be doing the same this winter.The backs are good I'll just have the seat cuhsions done.

One Question,
How did you remove the port side back rest? I need to get at the rear tower mount bolt on the port side.

nitro5238
06-08-2010, 10:49 PM
Wow Hawk those really look great! I have been thinking of doing the same but give us some detailed pics so we all can see how hard or easy it was to do the install. I have resorted to buying a beach towel that matches my carpet and have stapled that to the bottom of my observers seat for the time being.....I know it isn't the right thing to do but it will have to suffice till I can also get new covers.

Mr_Woodcock
06-08-2010, 11:42 PM
Yeah this next winter I am going with Copy Cat... seems to be a pretty good company and great prices.

5280Hawk
06-09-2010, 12:20 PM
Thanks For the Kind Words!

One Question,
How did you remove the port side back rest? I need to get at the rear tower mount bolt on the port side.

You have to reach under through the storage area on that side, at least on my boat there is a bench running along the port side with storage under it. Sitck your arm up through to the back of the side rest. There are three or four nuts back there between the interior fiberglass and the Hull. It is unfinished glass back there so be careful and wear something with sleeves, or you will get chewed up.

Wow Hawk those really look great! I have been thinking of doing the same but give us some detailed pics so we all can see how hard or easy it was to do the install. I have resorted to buying a beach towel that matches my carpet and have stapled that to the bottom of my observers seat for the time being.....I know it isn't the right thing to do but it will have to suffice till I can also get new covers.

I will get some shots of the installation on the next batch of skins this week.

Also I used some "duck" outdoor canvas in Light grey to recover the bottoms of the Engine cover, and Storage lockers, it actually worked really well, and was cheap at Joanne Fabrics.

Jorski
06-09-2010, 12:38 PM
Nice job ! Any tips or advice after doing a bunch of the pieces?

5280Hawk
06-09-2010, 01:22 PM
Nice job ! Any tips or advice after doing a bunch of the pieces?

Getting the Vinyl warm in the sun helped make it more pliable, and easier to wrap around the foam.

You still have to Stretch the Vinyl pretty tight to get the fit nice, but don't be afraid to pull pretty hard on it, it's very strong.

There are peices that have an internal peice of fabric that holds the Beaded areas tight, do that part first.

Keep your hands and Work area as clean as possible, so you don't stain it or anything.

Thats it for now.

5280Hawk
06-13-2010, 12:45 PM
Here are some detail pics of the sun deck/storage area cover i did yesterday.

This is the underside getting ready to attach the duck canvas I used to conceal the aluminum deck material
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6110001.jpg

Details of the staple job to attach the canvas
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6110002.jpg
After the underside attached and trimmed i fit the vinyl piece around the pad.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6110007.jpg
When stapling i would start with the corners and make sure they were as tight as possible
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6110009.jpg

5280Hawk
06-13-2010, 12:48 PM
After the the vinyl is stapled, its time to trim the vinyl. I would cut it down to about 1/4 inch to the staple line. This ensures that when you staple down the Hidem strip, it covers the staples and the vinyl edge, and it gives it a professional looking detail.Dont forget to mark all the screw holes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6120002-1.jpg

Finished product

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6120001.jpg

atlfootr
06-13-2010, 02:27 PM
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5280Hawk
06-14-2010, 11:38 AM
By the way the creases you see in the vinyl are from the shipping, they go away after a few days.

I did get most of the parts installed back in the boat yesterday, despite the on-and-off Rain I was dodging. I still need the captains chair and 1 Starboard trim piece, when i get those and get them installed ill post some photos the the new interior. It really makes my carpet look shabby now.....have to do something about that!

Jeffer
06-20-2010, 04:23 PM
looks great - I noticed a post from someone else that used Copycats and was very disappointed in that the size was apparently short. Looks like yours had plenty of extra fabric after the stretch.

My skins for my 1996 ProStar shipped from Copycats and are due on this week. I'll do the same, post feedback and pictures for everyone else that is contemplating using them. i WILl say that they aren't close to the 3-4 week lead time they advertise, so make sure you have 6 or more weeks if you use them so you're not rushed or frustrated!! They are SLOW for turn-around! I think you had the same experience, right Hawk?

5280Hawk
06-22-2010, 07:58 PM
yep i did, but no i had no problems with the size of the pieces, and usually had 3-4 extra inches of vinyl all the way around.

Ive been on the boat so i have been slacking on the thread!

5280Hawk
06-22-2010, 09:02 PM
Ok heres the final shots of the upholstery installed in my boat. Im a perfectionist, and there are a few pieces where i can tell its a little loose or unevenly wrapped, but as my wife says

"You are the only one who will notice it"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220038.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220039.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220040.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220041.jpg

5280Hawk
06-22-2010, 09:05 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220043.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220044.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220047.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220045.jpg

5280Hawk
06-22-2010, 09:07 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220048.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220049.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220050.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/mastercraft%20restoration%20photos/P6220051.jpg

5280Hawk
06-22-2010, 09:14 PM
And the fruit of my labor,......
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/Guernsey%202010/P6180008.jpg
My daughter(little one) and my Neice -

Me
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/Guernsey%202010/P6180002-1.jpg

Wakeboarding first time this year -

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/Guernsey%202010/P6180023.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/brazharris/Guernsey%202010/P6180016.jpg

Thanks for checking out my thread!!!

cf_koch
06-23-2010, 07:55 AM
Amazing job Hawk- I'm thoroughly impressed with the job you have done.

oxberger
06-23-2010, 08:50 AM
Great job Hawk! Looks real good. Good job with all the pics too.

Willski
06-23-2010, 11:32 AM
Nice.................

91prostar
06-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Man o man that turned out nice!! I will be using copycat over the off season, I hope mine turns out that nice..great job

BG1772
06-30-2010, 12:58 PM
That looks great. Nice job with the install. I helped a friend do his 99 x-star last winter. Coming time to do my '01 x-star and will probably do it this winter.

Couple of questions. How long did it take them to get you the skins? What size staples did you use? If you don't mind me asking, what did the whole package cost? PM me if you would perfer.

Davo
06-30-2010, 01:36 PM
You did an excellent job with the skins - thanks for sharing all the great pics and details. I'm guessing the captain's chair was the most difficult.

It's coming time to do my '02 X-5 as well.

BTW, you related to Darrin Shapiro? ha

H20skeefreek
06-30-2010, 04:39 PM
Looks like copycat does good work, to bad they haven't answered my quote :(

kenps190
06-30-2010, 11:16 PM
I emailed copycat yesterday for a quote and I got a response in 30 minutes. After seeing the photos posted here I'm think I'm going to get started on mine. I'm going to start on my back seat first and do the rest in the fall.

jvbaca
06-30-2010, 11:17 PM
Hawk, those skins look great! Nice job......

kenps190
06-30-2010, 11:20 PM
Great work. Really looks nice!

5280Hawk
07-01-2010, 03:29 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys!

You did an excellent job with the skins - thanks for sharing all the great pics and details. I'm guessing the captain's chair was the most difficult.

The toughest parts to re-upholster were the rear bench and the seat-backs in the Bow - (the ones that go up on the side)

Basically any piece that has an inside curve, because you have to staple a hidden piece of fabric in between two peices of foam, so the vinyl will "stay" inside the corners.

Couple of questions. How long did it take them to get you the skins? What size staples did you use? If you don't mind me asking, what did the whole package cost? PM me if you would perfer.

It took them 2 months to get me the skins, it sucked but I think they've fugured it out now are are getting faster, But still do it in the winter so you dont have a Boat sitting around in nice summer days!

I used 3/8" SS Staples, and the Total bill from Copycat was $1,430.00

BG1772
07-01-2010, 03:32 PM
Thanks for the update. That seems like a pretty reasonable price. My friend got his skins from MC before they stopped carying old skins and paid close to $3k. And his were only white.

Great job with the install.

Jeffer
07-02-2010, 10:59 AM
Hey 5280Hawk, thanks for taking the time and posting all those pictures throughou the project. Great to see the finish, including the family enjoying all your hard work (let us know when the first red Gatorade spill comes from one of your kids, and trust me, I know that feeling).

I have all my skins back from Copycat as well, and plan on working this holiday weekend since I can't get out on the lake. I'll post up pictures for everyone as well from my 1996 ProStar (and I'm doing carpeting, too).
Happy 4th, all.

5280Hawk
07-02-2010, 11:40 AM
LOL!

I have a rule of no red or orange drinks on the Boat, and also No Orange Chips......:D

5280Hawk
07-21-2010, 10:45 PM
Just a mid summer update,

I've had the boat out probably 6-8 times and so far the skins are holding up great! I've had to clean them up after each trip and everything from dirt to ink/black marks come off the vinyl, so

so far so good.

FoggyNogginz
08-16-2010, 11:05 AM
If any of you are in middle TN, I recently used a place here called Canvas Unique that did a great job at a very reasonable price. I replaced the strips of vinyl in the seats with a single piece of vinyl for a longer lifespan too, and used UV resistant threads as well. So far...so good.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=323&pictureid=1960

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=323&pictureid=1959

If interested, here are their details:

Canvas Unique
1405 Robinson Rd, Old Hickory, TN 37138
(615) 847-0460