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cla10beck

Question on vinyl repair of split seam

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cla10beck

Crew,

What are my options to have these splits in the vinyl repaired.  I have searched the forum and have seen a few different thoughts.  Some say you need to install an all new skin, while others have had success with taking to an upholstery shop and having them resew the seam and reinstall the skin.  One challenge is part of the seats have the perforated vinyl which I'm not sure how easy that is to get and match.

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Thanks in advance

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Eagleboy99

You can find some of the older Malibu vinyl at Greatlaksskipper.  I would think there is not a lot of material to work with there.  And some of that stuff is not easily resown, my upholstery guy tells me.  Good luck!

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UWSkier

Best bet is to get a pro to give you their opinion.  On my dad's '01, the vinyl shop he worked with was able to take the existing panels apart, sew in a new bead, and reinstall with slightly less material wrapping around onto the seat bases.  Only been two seasons so far so longevity of this repair is unknown, but it looks great so far...

But it's an '01, meaning it's not the perforated vinyl, which seems a bit more brittle to me.  I have some on the motor box on my Response and it's the only place there's a vinyl tear where something nicked that perforated section.

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dealjb
2 hours ago, cla10beck said:

Crew,

What are my options to have these splits in the vinyl repaired.  I have searched the forum and have seen a few different thoughts.  Some say you need to install an all new skin, while others have had success with taking to an upholstery shop and having them resew the seam and reinstall the skin.  One challenge is part of the seats have the perforated vinyl which I'm not sure how easy that is to get and match.

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Thanks in advance

Find a local upholstery shop that will take the skin off, re stretch and double stitch at the seam.  I had a lady local to me that did this for my 07 on just about every seat.  Those corner seats she charged me like $40.  Even if you have to have it done again in two years, if the vinyl is still good.

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Chia

if i ever bought new again, i would buy an extra set of skins right away and store them. It's really hard to do after the fact.

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Padge

They only keep skins 5 years at malibu. 

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