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How do I recover my seat?

I have a 1996 Puma, and I want to recover the seat. I know that you need to get cold crack vinyl, but I can't seem to find any other tutorials on how to do it. It doesnt seem all that hard, but I don't really want to pay $140 for the seat cover. So if you have done it can you please give me a tutorial and show me pictures of yours? Thanks
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I have a 1996 Puma, and I want to recover the seat. I know that you need to get cold crack vinyl, but I can't seem to find any other tutorials on how to do it. It doesnt seem all that hard, but I don't really want to pay $140 for the seat cover. So if you have done it can you please give me a tutorial and show me pictures of yours? Thanks

I've got a guy here local in NC that does a FANTASTIC job recovering seats. They're an automotive upholstery place and can do it in any color with various materials. I typically get the gripper style material and they usually about $40.00 materials and labor!

The first one they did I had them just install a seat cover I bought off ebay, the last three i've had done i've come out cheaper letting them supply the materials as well.

Might be worth your time to carry the seat to an automotive upholstery shop and have them price it, for $40 it's a bargain and a much better job than I could do!

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I've got a guy here local in NC that does a FANTASTIC job recovering seats. They're an automotive upholstery place and can do it in any color with various materials. I typically get the gripper style material and they usually about $40.00 materials and labor!

The first one they did I had them just install a seat cover I bought off ebay, the last three i've had done i've come out cheaper letting them supply the materials as well.

Might be worth your time to carry the seat to an automotive upholstery shop and have them price it, for $40 it's a bargain and a much better job than I could do!
I wish I could find one that cheap! The places I checked all wanted between $150-200. Maybe I'll check some more. Anyone actually did it though?

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How YOU would recover it is with duct tape.
Otherwise trial and error are not on the side of a man wanting to spend little to achieve positive results.
$40 is a gift !


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Well it's not perfect but it's 4.5" taller and no tears. I cut the factory foam and shaped it with an electric bread knife, built a frame underneath. I reused the side peices since they were still good and used that as my pattern to cut the new vinyl. Blue was the only color I had so on it went. I had to teach myself how to use the wifes sewing machine but with a bit of trial and error it all worked out. I spent probably the better part of a day but free is good.How do I recover my seat?-sled-20mods-20002.jpg

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