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Old 05-10-2016, 02:12 PM
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Upholstery DIY!?

Anyone ever taken the plunge on this project themselves? What are the biggest obstacles other than time and patience?
I am considering potentially doing the entire boat with the wife's help. My 2001 X5 is about a 7/10 and there are some spots that are driving me nuts I want to address.
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:59 PM
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I did about sixty percent of a 04' Malibu LXi Some of the wrap around bolsters were a real chore. I had some stuff redone professionally as i didn' like looking at the wrinkles as you can see in some of the pics. Very, very labor intensive.

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Old 05-11-2016, 08:39 AM
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This is one of those you pay to have it look right or you pay to have it look right later... or you learn all the tricks of a trade which comes with much practice..

If you have a go of it... good luck and post up pics... or just bite the bullet... either way pics are always welcome..
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Old 05-15-2016, 04:29 PM
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I used copycat covers...you send them your old skins and they use those as a pattern to make nee skins, then I installed them myself. They have received mixed reviews on here, but my experience was good.

It takes a lot of work to get it right, but it isn't difficult. Once you figure out how much tension to put on the skins, they come out wrinkle free and straight.

the job is about 10% skill and 90% pain in the butt
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:09 AM
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This is one of those you pay to have it look right or you pay to have it look right later... or you learn all the tricks of a trade which comes with much practice..

If you have a go of it... good luck and post up pics... or just bite the bullet... either way pics are always welcome..
Naw man its all about heat and patience. I've done some work on friends boats and my old boat. If anyone has questions feel free to pm me.

To be honest though the fastest part of the job for me was doing the vinyl. The real pain for me was taking the boat apart. You have to be very detailed on bagging nuts/bolts by seat and labeling. Write down what came out first etc. Also some of the locations for fasteners is just freakin rediculous. My arms looked like mangled crap sometimes.

Overall I'd say I had 50 or 60 or so hours in doing it. Prob 2 days to take it apart properly, a day pulling staples (seriously its a pain), a day of misc crap, 2 days installing new, and a day or 2 putting it back together. I did it in about a week but its not a quick thing.

Here was my install. No real issues with wrinkles as I kept the steam rolling hard during the install. I also popped by covers in the dryer for a sec before install so they were nice and workable. If you are doing a summer install keeping them in the sun would work.



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Old 05-16-2016, 08:17 AM
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^ Beautiful work! I'd love to see pics of the entire boat.
Black speaker grilles look awesome as well!
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:03 AM
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:05 AM
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For those who have done this themselves I have a few questions:
Where are you getting your vinyl?
What kind of thread are you using?
Did you have the embroidery work done for you? Where did you get your templates?
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:14 AM
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For those who have done this themselves I have a few questions:
Where are you getting your vinyl?
What kind of thread are you using?
Did you have the embroidery work done for you? Where did you get your templates
I don't think I've seen more than 1 or so threads on here where people physically built the skins themselves. Theres a few threads on ww pertaining to that but for the 2k or 2500 you can get someone like viper or copycat to make skins it wouldn't be worth it to me to even try. That is when you cross into it being an art. Hell some of these guys do this for 20 years and people still find flaws.

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^ Beautiful work! I'd love to see pics of the entire boat.
Heres a few more before I sold her




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