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Old 02-23-2009, 07:55 PM
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Question Reupholstering seats "How, waterproofing the foam??''

How do I keep the water from going thru the threads?
Back seat backs,headrest,hatch cover.

When I striped the boat for painting my new headrest were full of water, They drained for 2 1/2 months,the back of the rear seatbacks had water in it also.This area is were the cover touches the headrest and wicks the rain water thru.It had a good bit of weigh to it

My old Scarab had a thin flexible plastic covering the foam and it never soaked up any water.

Do they glue the seams together and sew at the same time ,are they suppose to be using a plastic to cover the foam and leave the bottom to drain if water gets in it.How do the pros do it?

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i've heard of using a thin layer of neoprene between the foam and the vinyl...probably wont cure it, maybe slow it, but it can be sealed. it will make the cushions more durable and firmer.
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I wonder what thickness to use? A buddy recommended Glad trash bag material which is .70mil to 1.1mil.

It has to be thin as not to show up on the vinyl top side.

http://www.glad.com/trashbags/specialty.php
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I know mine are fully covered and sealed in a thin plastic, kind of vacume bagged deal. seems to work well, the old boat did not have any plastic and it took months for the seats to dry out over the winter. I would try thin plastic and seal it with a heat gun or something like that, maybe some shrinking plastic could work well. good luck in whatever you do
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Talk to Missy or Jim at Permier Performance Interiors. There is a link to there web site on my web site.
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I will shead some light here for ya, there is no real way to water proof the seats they will get wet. what we use when we upholster the seats is a fine plastic we call silk film. it does a few things. it works as a vapor barier between the cover and the foam in return helps keep the water out. it is mainly use to help us put the covers on,(hints the name silk film) it will not completly keep the water out of your seats but will keep 80% or so out. what you really want are drain holes. you cant ever have to many drains. these will let the water drain out and also let your foam get air. If you need this plastic film (silk film) we can ship you as much as you need. The best thing to do is to upgrade your foam to a drifast foam. this is the new way to go now. you can take a full cup of water pour it on the foam and it go's right threw. they have all types hard to soft. hope this helps [email protected]

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I would suggest the same as Chris.
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Talk to Missy or Jim at Premier Performance Interiors. There is a link to there web site on my web site.

I talked to her this morn ,she suggested the silk film.


my00b16si,Chris were can I buy this film?
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I talked to her this morn ,she suggested the silk film.


my00b16si,Chris were can I buy this film?
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PPI, 941-752-6271 I will let missy know. i think 6 yrd will do your whole rear bench and some.

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I will shead some light here for ya, there is no real way to water proof the seats they will get wet. what we use when we upholster the seats is a fine plastic we call silk film. it does a few things. it works as a vapor barier between the cover and the foam in return helps keep the water out. it is mainly use to help us put the covers on,(hints the name silk film) it will not completly keep the water out of your seats but will keep 80% or so out. what you really want are drain holes. you cant ever have to many drains. these will let the water drain out and also let your foam get air. If you need this plastic film (silk film) we can ship you as much as you need. The best thing to do is to upgrade your foam to a drifast foam. this is the new way to go now. you can take a full cup of water pour it on the foam and it go's right threw. they have all types hard to soft. hope this helps [email protected]


Great information to know. Thanks for sharing.
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