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Old 06-23-2021, 03:37 PM
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Need some advice and looking for suggestions on Vinyl restoration

We've been talking about redoing our vinyl for the past couple years, had a guy lined up with good references and recommendations to do it last September and then he flaked out. From what I heard, I dodged a bullet.

Now we're kicking around another recent referral who's been in business for roughly 30 years. Apparently does decent work, but is not necessarily cheap. You get what you pay for (hopefully), right?

At any rate, this seasons obviously out, but I'm considering taking it to this shop in September before the mad canvas & cover rush begins.

I was told I could estimate roughly $400 per seat sight unseen. Some will be more, some will be less, but that's a decent ballpark, I was told. Pricing includes all labor, but not necessarily any foam or structure work.

It's a significant chunk of money, but my boat, with exception of the carpet and seat bases is otherwise in what I would consider terrific shape.

So here are my questions, would you do the bare minimum and only do all seat bases and rear hatches, or would you bite the bullet and just do the whole job including seat backs, rear bench back, captains chair, etc.?

Lastly, if you were me and given that this is IMO a fairly classic old boat, would you stick with as close to the original design and layout as factory, or would you look to update it with more modern textured vinyl and change it up a bit? I would not be disappointed one bit if I replaced it as is, or as closely to as is as possible, but fear updating it to something more current could look like I'm trying too hard (if that makes sense), our out of place.

Really don't have any plans to sell anytime soon, especially in this market, so at the end of the day, it's me and my family that has to be happy and live with it.

Appreciate any advice or suggestions as I consider which path to take. TIA
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Old 06-23-2021, 03:56 PM
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Do it all - relatively small incremental cost. Iím a guy who likes to keep things looking pretty stock so thatís the route Iíd go - but do what you like!
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Old 06-23-2021, 05:30 PM
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Here are my thoughts;
* I would do the whole boat. You will have matching issues if you try to section it out
* Consider upgrading the vinyl to one of the newer blends (Carbon fiber style or whatever). Seems like the base materials can be subject to pink bacteria. Do some searching on this
* Plan for $4-$6K
* Some shops (Viper, mastercraft set skins) will work with you remotely and ship.
https://www.boatinteriorsdesigns.com...oat-seat-skins
* I use C&E in Eagan MN and have been very happy with their work, but I'm local.
https://www.candeupholstery.com/
* if you're in a cold climate, consider using this chance to add heated seats
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:02 PM
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Appreciate the replies.

Anybody know any close matches to original 03 stock vinyl colors, or what manufacturers I could look at online for samples? Been looking at Spradling so far, any others?

Majority of my boat's interior is that super light gray (almost off white) they used in 02-04 I believe, Then has the slightly darker gray accents connected with piping on the front edges of the seat bases. There's a few small black panels mixed throughout on seat backs and the center rear hatch.

If I'm going to spend this much money, I want to do my due diligence on picking the right vinyl. Little daunting at this point. Last thing I want to do is walk in to drop it off and make some sort of rushed decision and be completely disappointed with the end result.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:28 AM
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theupholsteryworkshop.net

these guys have had good reviews.

You can send them the skins and have them make new ones.. then have them installed or install it yourself... if your close to them drop it off....

There are lots and lots of ideas out there and different vinyls to get.. even the cool touch ones... I would spend most of my days figuring out what i wanted... if you are keeping the boat for another 10 years then get the best stuff you want to afford IMO...

I'm old school too, but would not be apposed to adding some carbon fiber look to it.. there are some pretty good pics if you search in here...
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So I have an appointment scheduled for 9/16 with Seams Right in Fall City, WA.

Spoke with the owner and was disappointed to learn that they will not reproduce the vinyl embroidery. It's not a deal breaker for me, but certainly disappointing. At a minimum, I'd like to have the MasterCraft logo on the rear bench seat replicated.

He said he can give me the vinyl and I can take it have it done on my own and bring it back, but he warned me that it adds time (obviously) and that he's seen a few attempts recently fail; including torn vinyl, mistakes with positioning, etc.

Anybody here in Western Washington know where I might be able to have this done? Also, is it possible to get templates? MC shield log?

Last question, anybody familiar with Mobern Shock vinyl? It is a brand that Seam's Right has used quite a bit recently and looks to be a near identical product to Spradling's Carbon Fiber product. Owner mentioned it when I asked if he's done any of the carbon fiber textured vinyl's recently.
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