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Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-03-2008, 8:57 AM Reply   
I was cleaning and putting UV inhibitor on the vinyl seats while winterizing and noticed the stitching starting to separate on the rear seats. Right now there are no tears and the vinyl around the stitching has not separated, but when you press down, you can see things are getting loose around the stitches. I have used super glue to stop small tears in vinyl from growing but was wondering what you can do seams over pretty long sections????

I am tempted to super glue it, but am afraid that will make it too stiff and may not work in the end. Other ideas?

For the record, It is an O4 Centurion and I only use water and sometimes very mild soap, actually hand soap, to clean the vinyl. I hit with some boat care UV inhibitors (303 type stuff) about every 6-8 weeks in the summer.
Old     (texastbird)      Join Date: May 2003       11-03-2008, 4:21 PM Reply   
You can get seam strengthener at fabric stores that will help with this problem. I got some at Walmart for my old malibu seats a couple of years ago and it really seemed to help prevent the problem from getting worse.
Old     (treycleaton)      Join Date: Mar 2005       11-03-2008, 4:50 PM Reply   
If you know you are goint to have to re-upholster, but want to get a season or two out of the original then use clear silicon caulk. Just squirt a small bead down the entire seam and smooth it out with your finger. It's clear, soft (unlike super glue) and fairly durable. I have an '02 Centurion Hurricane and did it this past season. This winter I will get some work done to the pads....


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