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    Ok guys need an opinion. Running through some options on interior and this is a wee bit beyond me. Right now have a good price for skins. Which btw I can not say enough good about Jim at Viper. He has been fantastic to work with so far with options, getting me tedious quotes, and answering my assault of rediculous questions.

    So how difficult is the installation of the skins and has anyone opted to have a local shop install someone elses skins in their boat. My problem is the logistics of getting a boat 8 hours down the road and then returning the next week to pick it up. Lots of gas burned on top of having it done.

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    Any local upholsterer can do the install job. Personally, I'd rather have a pro do it, because I know if I did it that I would notice every wrinkle or loose spot and it would drive me crazy. That said, the job is not tough and can be made easier by letting the vinyl warm up out in the sun and using a steamer to make it nice and supple and to get any wrinkles out.
    -Cameron
    2007 ProStar 197
    1996 ProStar 190

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sodar View Post
      Any local upholsterer can do the install job. Personally, I'd rather have a pro do it, because I know if I did it that I would notice every wrinkle or loose spot and it would drive me crazy. That said, the job is not tough and can be made easier by letting the vinyl warm up out in the sun and using a steamer to make it nice and supple and to get any wrinkles out.
      ^^+1 - installing upholstery is a somewhere between a skill and art. The guys like at Viper have true feel for what the skin is doing and can see in their minds eye ... like guys who install vehicle wraps...they only like one type of vinyl and laminate...cuz they know how it will behave. Also it depends where you are on the MCOCD scale...
      sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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      • #4
        ^yea I'm in the same boat but right now I'm looking at a G spot (gas etc) and 32 hours of road time to get the skins installed at Viper. I feel the price he's offered is fair for install (not a grand) but after thinking about it 800 miles of trailering the boat and 1600 total miles at 3.30 a gallon would be brutal to swallow (13.5 avg mpg and 8 with the boat). Would equal 490+bucks in gas and the 32 hours of lost time

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        • #5
          what about drop shipping it all?
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Hoosier Bob
          She always misses me and when I turn her on it is hard to turn her off! She is MC and she completes me! She is the first ride that wants it as much as I do!

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          • #6
            If you were doing an 85 MC I would say knock your socks off. Easy,breezy,japanesey. Just a bunch of square shapes. Newer boats have alot of wrap around bolsters,pleats and curves. Lots of streching,pulling,steaming, etc. I restored an 04' LXi and farmed out all the tough pieces and glad I did. Unfortunately I did go thru one upholsterer before I found a good one. First guy did the wrap around back seat, came back with some wrinkles he refused to fix, the next guy was a local latino, didn't speak a lick of english. Fixed the back seat and did all the other complicated stuff. I did all the straight up square stuff; rear trunk, motor box and all seating cushions. Do you have any local guys you can feel out?
            1996 ProStar 190
            PCM ZR6 W/ Zero Off

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cbryan70 View Post
              what about drop shipping it all?
              What he said; why couldn't you remove the cushions and build a crate for them? Ship them to Viper and let him ship them back.

              I'm thinking that someone on here did just that.
              Being on the water is best, but when I'm not on the water I'm on TT.

              2002 X Star
              Sold - 76 S&S

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 76S&S View Post
                What he said; why couldn't you remove the cushions and build a crate for them? Ship them to Viper and let him ship them back.

                I'm thinking that someone on here did just that.
                Someone did. Can't find the thread.

                Crate it up and uship it!
                Bailey
                '02 X-9
                Lake Blue Ridge

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                • #9
                  I can't imagine the shipping on sending the entire interior. WIll look into it though lol

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                  • #10
                    Now who wants to help me with the interior colors/design? haha

                    Me/girly are on polar opposite ends of the earth on ideas.

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                    • #11
                      There's an upholsterer in Clayton that has a good reputation - I have not dealt with them yet. I am planning on having them redo my driver seat cushion sometime this winter. They advertise on craigslist occasionally - I think I have their contact info saved off somewhere.

                      No idea if they can or will do skins.

                      Originally posted by 02ProstarSammyD View Post
                      I can't imagine the shipping on sending the entire interior. WIll look into it though lol
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                      2000 SD prostar 205

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 02ProstarSammyD View Post
                        Ok guys need an opinion. Running through some options on interior and this is a wee bit beyond me. Right now have a good price for skins. Which btw I can not say enough good about Jim at Viper. He has been fantastic to work with so far with options, getting me tedious quotes, and answering my assault of rediculous questions.

                        So how difficult is the installation of the skins and has anyone opted to have a local shop install someone elses skins in their boat. My problem is the logistics of getting a boat 8 hours down the road and then returning the next week to pick it up. Lots of gas burned on top of having it done.
                        If you don't know the tricks of the trade, it can be a real PITA. If you do, not so bad. You have to have a local shop that can do this

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                        • #13
                          Ask Jim for ideas. He's done a few on his own to sell. There's a ps190 and a Supra (Legacy maybe?) he did that are awesome. Check pics on his Facebook page for ideas too.
                          I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard

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                          • #14
                            If you don't know the tricks of the trade, it can be a real PITA. If you do, not so bad. You have to have a local shop that can do this
                            Well actually think I lucked out. A buddy of my brother that I know has been working on basic interiors for awhile now and has all the tools of the trade at his shop. Its about 3 hours down the road but going to load up the 5x8 and run them down to him. Shouldn't cost more than beer/dinner/supplies

                            Jim has been excellent about colors etc and ideas I'm just struggling where to go with it color wise. Its all white (no color at all) inside now so hard to mentally see it with color

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 02ProstarSammyD View Post
                              Well actually think I lucked out. A buddy of my brother that I know has been working on basic interiors for awhile now and has all the tools of the trade at his shop. Its about 3 hours down the road but going to load up the 5x8 and run them down to him. Shouldn't cost more than beer/dinner/supplies

                              Jim has been excellent about colors etc and ideas I'm just struggling where to go with it color wise. Its all white (no color at all) inside now so hard to mentally see it with color
                              I wrote 'tricks' and that's what I meant. A stapler with stainless staples and a steamer are about as exotic as the tools need to be if you had the skins made and shipped to you. If he has a steamer, it will turn out best- the foam plumps when the steam hits it and the material is a lot more supple when it's warm. A heat gun is fine, but the steamer can't melt the vinyl. With a real heat gun, you can light a cigarette or cigar.

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