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ptagher

Upholstery work / skins / interior

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ptagher

OK everyone, need some advice.

I had posted last year about my interior redo on my 2000 Escape LSV.  After looking for a good upholsterer in my area with little luck, I decided to bite the bullet and do it myself (with the help of my wife).  Lots of work but the interior turned out great and in my opinion better than some of the work I see on the new boats (see linked pics below).

SO, my wife wants to do another one -- maybe 1 or 2 a year.  Or possibly just do some skins for others.  Or possibly buy something right and try to flip it.  I've found an '08 LSV about $15K below NADA and THINK I can make some money on it -- assuming no major mechanical work.  The boat has over 900 hours though so I'm not sure of the resale market with that many hours.

What do you guys think?  If I post a classified for new interior would I get a good response?  It will take us about 3 months to complete since this is a hobby.  I think I would have to charge about $3500-$4500 to redo the entire upholstery on most Malibus.  I could do skins as well but would need to have the old skin sent to me because I don't have the patterns.  I'm in Northern KY in the Greater Cincinnati area, fyi.

Thanks in advance.

Paul

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robbennett

Very nice work! Where did you buy the materials? 

On the lsv remember NADA unless changed recently ignores hours. 

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jk13

Looks awesome!

Be careful with projects that involve matching OEM skins. It can be difficult as materials change old ones become obsolete or running changes are made. I do like you initial thought of buying and flipping. It's a great, but risky, business model. After 25 years in retail it's likely the direction I'm headed. Set your budget and your deadline and make it happen. No customers to change orders mid build or back up the budget, nobody checking in on incomplete work, just build it how you want it and your buyer will take it or leave it. The risk comes at time of purchase and time of sell. You can have a lot of capital tied up, so you've got to buy right and sell right...er. Good luck going forward!

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BlindSquirrel

Looks good! I just got a bid of 3,600 from a local shop here in Kansas to redo all the interior of my VLX so your projected price is pretty close. Only difference between you and my local shop would be the shipping costs and the 3 month wait. The turn around time for my shop is about one month. I like your idea of flipping, if you buy them right it could be a good income for you.

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ptagher

The vinyl is from Spradling -- I believe the same company both Malibu and Mastercraft use as I had visited their factories before doing the boat.  They are out of the Knoxville, TN area and I actually purchased it from another upholsterer who does it in that area.

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Steve B.

Looks like very high quality work. I'll bet if you did it more frequently that quality would go even higher. You could get lots of smaller repair work projects too (small rips and tears).

Best of luck,

Steve B.

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minnmarker

Looks very nice!  Good work.  Will follow this thread because I think I'll need that kind of work done in a couple years.

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Ndawg12

Looks fantastic.  If you decide to make skins on the side, I've got 4 that I need to re-do, I can remove and re-install.  PM if you'd like to chat more.

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cowwboy

Spradling is where my interior guy got my stuff from($5k for whole boat).

He also said that is who the manufacturers use. 

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Nitrousbird

I will be honest - I feared clicking your link.  I've seen too many folks here show pride in their DIY or pro vinyl work that looks awful and feared the same of yours.  Instead, your limited pictures look pretty good.  I'm not sure I love the combo for the driver's seat but it looks pretty well done.

Yours looks better than a number of "pro" jobs I have seen posted here.  The vinyl has an OEM-ish look to it.  The seams match up well enough and no loose vinyl.  Good work!

 

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RevWil

Great work and way to add value back to your boat. The flip idea sounds great. You might even get an investor to limit your capital and risk but that means you will limit your reward too.

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ptagher
On 1/26/2017 at 11:30 PM, Nitrousbird said:

I will be honest - I feared clicking your link.  I've seen too many folks here show pride in their DIY or pro vinyl work that looks awful and feared the same of yours.  Instead, your limited pictures look pretty good.  I'm not sure I love the combo for the driver's seat but it looks pretty well done.

Yours looks better than a number of "pro" jobs I have seen posted here.  The vinyl has an OEM-ish look to it.  The seams match up well enough and no loose vinyl.  Good work!

 

Thanks -- we initially struggled with the idea to update the vinyl to the more modern carbon fiber look vs replicating what we had. The grey carbon fiber is dark and we were worried about the vinyl getting hot but we used it mainly for accent. I ended up loving it and wanted to replace the carpet on the inside hull walls with it but ended just doing that in the bow. Everywhere else we just redid the carpet. 

I'll try to find some more pics. 

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Steve B.

Please keep us posted if you are thinking about getting more into this. 

Steve B.

 

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ptagher
11 minutes ago, Steve B. said:

Please keep us posted if you are thinking about getting more into this. 

Steve B.

 

Will do. We're definitely in on both -- just need a couple weeks to get our swatch samples together. In TX now to test drive a possible flip as well. 

 

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