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    So on my swim deck, I've got a spot where the seam has ripped due to dry cracking and just general neglect from the previous owner. The tear is about 3 inches long, foam exposed underneath. I'd like to just repair it with something to get me by for the season before I replace the entire thing. Is there a glue, or some way to stitch it back up? I wouldn't be too concerned with it, except it's on the sun/party pad and someone's toe will eventually snag on it ripping it even further, so I'd like to try to avoid that. Anyone have any suggestions? Doesn't need to be super pretty, but I also don't just want to slap a piece of duct tape on there and call it a day.
    -Mike

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    Check with your local used car dealer. They have a service they use to fix this kind of stuff. They usually do some nice work. There is a guy in Topeka that does nice work. He made a center panel on my cousin's boat and it looks factory. PM me if you want me to track down who he used.
    Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

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    • #3
      I'm not even sure I want to go that professional. I saw this stuff... anyone used it?

      http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/cnt...e-Adhesive.htm

      Not looking for super pretty here, just need to get through this season. I plan on replacing the vinyl next winter.
      -Mike

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mzimme View Post
        So on my swim deck, I've got a spot where the seam has ripped due to dry cracking and just general neglect from the previous owner. The tear is about 3 inches long, foam exposed underneath. I'd like to just repair it with something to get me by for the season before I replace the entire thing. Is there a glue, or some way to stitch it back up? I wouldn't be too concerned with it, except it's on the sun/party pad and someone's toe will eventually snag on it ripping it even further, so I'd like to try to avoid that. Anyone have any suggestions? Doesn't need to be super pretty, but I also don't just want to slap a piece of duct tape on there and call it a day.
        mzimme,

        I am from the KC area....are you thinking of staying local when you do replace your interior?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mgs96ps View Post
          mzimme,

          I am from the KC area....are you thinking of staying local when you do replace your interior?
          Wouldn't be opposed to it at all. I can still get full seats from the factory with new bases and all. I'll probably price that out, then see what I can find around the area. I want to retain the factory look on it though.


          Do you do vinyl work?
          -Mike

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mzimme View Post
            Wouldn't be opposed to it at all. I can still get full seats from the factory with new bases and all. I'll probably price that out, then see what I can find around the area. I want to retain the factory look on it though.


            Do you do vinyl work?
            No...just doing my homework early. Like you not doing anything this season. Looking into G and J Upholstery in downtown old Olathe. Have you heard anything on them?

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            • #7
              I've heard of them, yes. When I called about my S&S back a couple years ago they wanted 3500 bucks to do that. Kinda steep for that tiny boat. They probably didn't realize how small it was though, so that quote was probably very high.


              So... any other suggestions on a simple fix for the sun pad?
              -Mike

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              • #8
                Go straight out Frankenstein. Loop needle and thread. Be sure to drink about 6 beers before you start so it's full blast ghetto!
                Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by neil.anderson63 View Post
                  Go straight out Frankenstein. Loop needle and thread. Be sure to drink about 6 beers before you start so it's full blast ghetto!
                  Yes!! Best idea yet!
                  1990 prostar 190, 351, powerslot 1.5:1, tinted windows

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                  • #10
                    Don't forget pictures so we can see how nice it comes out too!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by neil.anderson63 View Post
                      Go straight out Frankenstein. Loop needle and thread. Be sure to drink about 6 beers before you start so it's full blast ghetto!
                      ROFL... thought about. Gonna try that loctite glue and see what happens. If that doesn't hold, it's frankenstein time. I need a vinyl patch that looks like a band-aid.
                      -Mike

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                      • #12
                        I have used that same Loctite adhesive. The issue is going to be holding the seam together while it dries. If you just want a temporary repair, think about adding a piece of vinyl under the seam and then just gluing the edges down. It will not look the best, but would prevent it from getting worse.

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                        • #13
                          Have Mikeg make you a big sticker that covers the whole thing. It will look bran-new!
                          Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

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                          • #14
                            Color matched duct tape...LOL.
                            -Matt

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                            • #15
                              I had the same issue on my boat so I over stitched it just to finish the season. The stitching just made the old and brittle vinyl crack and fall apart quicker. I ended up taking the boat to an upholsterer and having him recover it.

                              My advice would be to use some colored duct tape until you can get it recovered.
                              Last edited by phil_edgecumbe; 05-21-2014, 08:08 AM.

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