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4/1/13 9:00pm - Original Message: 'Recovering Seats'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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I ordered a set of stock seat covers and a foam set from Mid America. I am going to attempt to recover the seats myself. Does anyone have any tips that I should know or any pitfalls to avoid? I would appreciate any advice.

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4/2/13 8:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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Buy a good set of "hog ring" pliers, and a box of hog rings.  You can get them at Tractor Supply. 


The biggest tip I can offer is that when you put the covers on the backs, use heat to loosen the covers so that they stretch.  A hot air gun (but don't hold it too close!) will loosen them up so that they'll stretch over the backs.  If you don't get them on really tight, the material bunches up around the headrest and looks pretty bad. 


I did mine, and they came out OK, but they are not perfect.  But if I had to do it again, I'd pay a professional.  If you can afford to have someone else do it, it would be money well spent. 


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4/5/13 10:54am - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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Long Valley, NJ - USA

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1972 454 Coupe, 4 speed, Targa Blue with blue interior, luggage rack

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If you can get your hands on a copy of the July 2009 issue of Corvette Fever they have a good article on the different options and step by step instructions for recovering seats.  Also last year there was a demo by Corvette America (I think) at Corvettes at Carslisle and they handed out DVDs with a video demo.  You can probably find it on their website or even uTube.  Finally, I never tried it, but someone suggested putting the seat cover in the dryer a few minutes to soften them up and use baby powder on the foam when slipping them on.  I replaced my foam and put the old covers back on it wasnt too bad,  then I decided to buy new covers anyway and will be switching them out this spring! Good luck!

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4/6/13 1:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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Thanks for the tips, guys. I will let you know how I make out.

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4/6/13 2:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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COPPERAS COVE, TX - USA

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1972 corvette stingray convertible 2007 coupe

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Recovering seats takes a 12 step programDisapprove bottoms are pretty easy but the backs can be a pain in the %$$ chased mine all over the living room floor, plastic bag or a silicone spray will help getting material over foam. GOOD LUCKThumbs Up

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4/7/13 9:06am - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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Need to see what your seat buns look like when you take the old covers off. I bought a sheet of 1" foam sheeting from a sewing store, cut some pieces to shape and used interior spray adhesive and glued them to the top of the existing buns.

Filled the seat covers nicely - I guess the old buns compress from the years of use...

Good Luck!! Thumbs Up

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4/16/13 6:04pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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Thanks for the tips, I will let you know how I make out. I am expecting to receive my covers on Wed or Thur. I already have the new foam set on hand so I am hoping to be able to do it this weekend
 
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4/16/13 6:23pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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Yorba Linda, CA - USA

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1968 convertible, small block, auto, pw, pb, ps, air, 3rd owner CA black plate

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See the Corvette America video, should be helpful. http://www.corvetteamerica.com/video/76_78scInstall/

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4/20/13 8:18am - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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WAUPACA, WI - USA

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1977 VETTE ORANGE T-TOP BROWN INTERIOR 350

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When doing the seat part, have someone or something to compress the seat and the seat cover will slide on better.

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7/24/13 11:42pm - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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aiken, SC - USA

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1978 25th Anniv Numbers Matching L82 Anniv paint, black interior all 25th badging

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fp_vetter72 said: Recovering seats takes a 12 step programDisapprove bottoms are pretty easy but the backs can be a pain in the %$$ chased mine all over the living room floor, plastic bag or a silicone spray will help getting material over foam. GOOD LUCKThumbs Up

The plastic bag works well. Make Sure it is NOT to big and it is ONLY over the HEADREST and SHOULDER area or iy can SLIDE and bunch up. Check ALL your fittings, and anything that MIGHT go bad like the sliders, hinges ETC and INVEST in some Nitral Gloves and CHANGE them IF you get ANY DIRT on them CHEAP INSURANCE



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7/25/13 7:48am - Reply: 'Re: Recovering Seats'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Build your own clips using hog rings and trash the ones in the installation kit. Just string them together like a chain. They're stronger and work better than the clips. Save all of the rods from your old install. There wont be enough in the kit. Use lots of baby powder to make things slide into place. Be patient. Mine took at least 20 hours. It looks professional or better. And have a helper. Oh... you'll learn new cuss words. Follow the corvette america videos PRECISELY. (Except for the seat clip part... think hog rings :-)

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