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Old 01-20-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Let's talk seat upholstery

With the bus now parked in the driveway and the seats out, we know we will be putting back in 8 of them (shuttle bus, Ford e450, 2000). They are all in really good condition, with unfortunate rainbow swirl fabric.

It seems a waste of energy and resources to have them reupholstered. Leaving the rainbow mess isn't an option though.

I've considered seat covers, but can't seem to find any online for the shape of these seats (high back, with a squared, untapered top).

Soooo who has leads on seat covers (cost is a factor), OR knows a way to stitch directly over the rainbows?

I can't be the first to deal with this.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:09 AM   #2
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have you considered fabric paint?
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:15 AM   #3
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Maybe talk to the area high schools. Here, they have shop classes for almost anything. They could do the work for the price of material as a class project.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:20 AM   #4
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We had discussed fabric paint. Has anyone done it? I am familiar with using fabric paint and see 2 versions: The ones that work like a dye and need to be rinsed out to fix, and the more topical acryllics which create somewhat of a crust. Neither of those seemed doable and I worried about the paint leeching into our clothes if we sit.

I am actually an art teacher in a middle school shop, so asking the high school shops was simple...and we don't have those resources around here.

Perhaps I should check in with a local Maker Space and see what expertise they have.

I'm curious to hear if anyone handled this?
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:24 PM   #5
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picture of seats? I did a simple replacement panels on wifes stock seats for her race truck years ago, fairly simple with a sewing machine and seam riper

ETA: here you go, wow 5 years ago

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Old 01-21-2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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Nice work...love the skull and cross bones.
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Nice work...love the skull and cross bones.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:20 PM   #8
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That looks like a great job and just what I am looking to do! However, when we got to taking the seats apart last night it was much more than I expected in terms of hardware. Is there a trick to sliding them off? They seemed so tight that I imagined we would never get them back on, IF we could even slide them off. I expected more like a pillow case, but that's not it. They are tight!!! The alternative seems to be some kind of slip cover.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:33 PM   #9
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Are there hog rings holding them on? Should be underneath somewhere out of sight. I know that's how Toyota does theirs.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:41 PM   #10
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I expected to find hog rings and was all ready with my hog ring pliers. But we found a system of bars and clip-over plastic casings. The casings are heavy duty plastic gussets and are sewn into the cover. They need to stay and I can't stitch through them.
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