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Technical Removing glued seat cover from foam?? Reupholstering

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wdglide, May 8, 2016.

  1. wdglide
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    I am going with a caravan seat in my A. I will be recovering it. The material is glued (?) to the foam rubber. I've searched for tips but only saw people mentioning that it is difficult to peal it off. Some people say its not possible..

    I was hoping for more specific experiences or any tips to help me.

    Here's a recent shot of her...

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  2. Why not leave the old material on the seat and cover over it,pulling the old material off the seat you run the risk of ripping the foam. HRP
     
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  3. 29moonshine
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    ^^^ that is what i did
     
  4. wdglide
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    I'd rather not. I was hoping to copy the patterns and reuse the J-clips.

    Leaving it on is plan B
     

  5. Hombre
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    It is damn hard to get it off if it is glued. Your best bet is remove it slowly and use a razor blade and try and skin the thing. You are going to cut and tear the foam but that is not the end of the world as you can buy the foam online even e-bay has it. you want a dense foam and then after you glue it down it is sandable with your DA or even using a sanding block. Doing this will look much better than leaving the old upholstery in place and trying to cover over it in most cases. You can do that but for me it needs to be a last resort.
     
  6. wdglide
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    Good advice. Thanks!
     
  7. dorf
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    try a electric knife like the upholster do
     
  8. Depending on how old the seat is you might get lucky and not destroy the foam,if it has a lot of age the foam may already be getting powdery and brittle. HRP
     
  9. DdoubleD
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    I did that exact thing. If you go slow it can be pealed off. As it turns out the foam needed to be reworked to fill the "butt" imprint on the caravan seat anyway. The back also needed to have the foam sculpted. caravan seat.JPG PU Seat.jpg
     
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  10. junkyardjeff
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    The glued Chrysler seat covers usually are not too hard to get off without damaging the foam.
     
  11. Brotus
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  12. Brotus
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    Have you tried steaming it? Chances are the glue is water based and will loosen with steam. Just get one of those handheld clothing steamers, and let the steam get in between the foam and covering material. It takes time, but works, don't pull too hard.
     
  13. wdglide
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    Sorry. I should have updated this.

    The cover came off with little effort. It was much easier than people describe. Here's a shot of the interior...

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  14. butch27
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    Do most upholstery guys use water based glue?? It smells strong.
     
  15. Flathead Dave
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    Nice job. Did you place the seat on risers? What is the length of your caravan seat? I'm asking because I might change out the seats in my 27' Coupe. Right now I have a pair of rear Ford take outs which fit pretty good and had to place them on 4" risers but would prefer a bench seat. Thanks
     
  16. wdglide
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    I used the Model A riser. Not sure of the width, but it just barely fit.
     
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  17. BrandonK
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    I am running the same seat. How did you make the seat more flat? did you add foam to the lower parts or shave down the higher parts?
     
  18. low budget
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    Not sure about the seats but this is hands down the very best way to remove old window tinting.
    (look up a youtube video)
    It could possibly work on a seat???
     
  19. wdglide
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    I thought about doing that, but I did neither. Its a little hollow in the low areas. But its not really noticeable.
     
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  21. BrandonK
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    Do you have any photos of your seat recovered?
     
  22. wheeler.t
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    Use a clothes steamer on it, peel slow. You'll likely end up with some tips in the foam but not much.
    Heat guns work ok too but I find the heat and moisture soften that shitty old glue up enough to peel it. I am an upholsterer for a living and have done it countless times.


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  23. wdglide
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    Old thread. The cover has been removed (read above).

    Photos are above too.
     
  24. GordonC
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    Here is the Dodge caravan 3rd row seat I narrowed 6 inches to fit my 31 A roadster. Used the original seat cover as patterns and adjusted it 6 inches. Did the work myself. Just learning the stitching part and how stuff goes together but have a buddy who knows this stuff looking over my shoulder. Coming out ok I think.
     

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  25. DdoubleD
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    The pad was filled by gluing pieces in the low area then sanded flat. I did not do the work it was done by the upholstery shop.
     
  26. BrandonK
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    All the photos you posted aren't there anymore.


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  27. BrandonK
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    That came out great!


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  28. GordonC
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    Thanks! Gonna plug away at it and hopefully it will all come together once it is in the car!
     
  29. Gearhead Graphics
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    My upholstery guy said he steamed and pulled mine off the foam. though he did also say that most of the cloth tore and didn't leave him really anything worthwhile as a pattern.
     
  30. wdglide
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    Sorry. They show for me??

    here's a shot of mine. I did not fill the center area and the cover came off, intact, and easily.
     

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