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Re-covering seats

Postby familyguy » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:14 pm

Has anyone had any experience with re-covering seats??

I have a Gipiemme saddle off a Norco that I bought for my brother that was in a right state (torn, scratched and stained cover). I pulled off the old cover, and the foam looks OK underneath. Its in good 'mechanical' nick, so I'd like to re-cover it.

What material should be used?
Where can I get it?
What sot of glue or adhesive should be used?
Is there anyone who does this for a fee?

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Postby 531db » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:21 pm

Actually, the foam looks pretty well 'gone' to me, a fair few chunks missing.
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Postby HappyHumber » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:09 pm

it looks a little moth eaten, but I reckon it'd still be serviceble - if hardly concourse condition

I'm sure I've seen a pictorial HOW-TO, or at least "HOW-I-DID-IT" on such matters somewhere - google some keywords with "site:bikeforums.net" added... it might be there.

What I do remember was the guy traced out the outline of the seat onto his new covering material - thinn leather, or vinyl I'm not sure - but he added like a 1-2" border with the tracing. Then it was just a matter of using some sort of hand clip stapler or similar and just gently tucking the added skirt in around the underside of the seat.

Failing that - take it to a motor trimmers or an upholestrers - probably a trifling little job for them (still charge ya though I bet!) I'm sure it's the same basic process - just smaller area.

that reminds me of wanting to get my favourite tatty old rocker-recliner lounge chair recovered in canvas. The perfect back verandah chair. (yes yes... in my bachelor pad)
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Postby munga » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:28 pm

didnt larky recover his seat?
pitty43 wrote:Thanks all for your help. Better change my Gumtree add now.

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Postby familyguy » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:06 am

531db wrote:Actually, the foam looks pretty well 'gone' to me, a fair few chunks missing.


Thats the bad side. The back corner was an obvious road rash patch, so the foam may need a little extra pad there, but its workable. Far from a bin job if I can re-cover the thing.

Found the BF.net link here for those interested.

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Postby HappyHumber » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:36 pm

familyguy wrote:Found the BF.net link here for those interested.


that's exactly the puppy I was thinking of. That bloke 'singlespeedemon' did a good job. It's worth having a shot at I reckon. Wonder how well it'd wear.

What sort of staples & guns do you think people are using? The only staples I am used to are the 26/6 office variety. :?
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Postby Parrott » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:47 pm

I had my tt saddle shortened at the local shoe repair place. Did an excellent job, looks factory, only $15 :shock: :D
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Postby bigs » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:37 pm

This guy has done some cool stuff with some saddles and bikes, you could send him a message.
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Re: Re-covering seats

Postby familyguy » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:24 am

EPIC THREAD DIG!!

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Finally got sick of this hanging around, sourced some leather on ebay, and got the job done. The material is probably a little bit too thick to be perfect for the job, but after some stretching and such it folded away quite neatly.

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Postby Stuey » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:59 pm

HappyHumber wrote:
familyguy wrote:Found the BF.net link here for those interested.


that's exactly the puppy I was thinking of. That bloke 'singlespeedemon' did a good job. It's worth having a shot at I reckon. Wonder how well it'd wear.

What sort of staples & guns do you think people are using? The only staples I am used to are the 26/6 office variety. :?


Heavy duty staple gun from the hardware store, which you hold sort of like a pistol and squeeze. Using ~4-5mm staples (that's the depth of the sharp points, not the width).
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Re: Re-covering seats

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:12 pm

Well at least you didn't rush and do a half job familyguy :) . Looks good.
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