You want your boat to look new. You take care of the hull,
the engine, and the carpeting. But when your seats have rough spots on them, it
can feel like all that hard work has gone out the window. How can you repair
your vinyl seats quickly and easily to update the look of your boat and protecting
the seats for a long time? Here’s a quick and easy vinyl boat seat repair guide!
Step One: Inspect the
When you clean your boat, make sure to include an additional
step of inspecting the vinyl boat seating. Why bother? Because a small tear in
the seam of your vinyl can grow into something much more difficult to deal with
if you leave it alone.
Give the vinyl more than a quick once-over. Press into the
vinyl to make sure that you don’t expose any holes or perforations along the
lining of the vinyl itself. This inspection should reveal if there is an issue
you need to repair or replace.
Step Two: Keep the
Vinyl’s strong resistance to water is the chief reason it’s
so effective in your boat. When the vinyl opens and you expose the material
underneath, you run the risk of repairs that will take much more work.
You can address this by keeping an emergency vinyl repair
kit on hand. Even something as simple as duct tape can work in a pinch—as long
as you remember to dry off the effected area immediately and remember to do full
repairs later on. Remember that duct tape, while effective, will also diminish
the look and appearance of your vinyl the longer it’s on.
Step Three: Invest in
a Vinyl Repair Patch Kit
A good vinyl repair patch kit might not seem necessary
before you notice a problem—but if you see your vinyl split open, it will
suddenly become your best friend. Not only do you want to avoid the look
created by duct tape, but you’ll want to ensure that your vinyl is adequately
cared for and can last much longer than it would with duct tape in place.
Repair patch kits can come in many forms. Before you apply
yours, however, make sure that you remove any previous adhesives you used by
Adhesive & Sealant Remover
. This will help ensure a smooth
finish once the repairs are done.
Step Four: Protect
for the Future
Once you’ve taken the vinyl boat seat repair steps above,
it’s time to think about long-term care and maintenance. Fortunately, you can
find it all in one bottle.
is great for vinyl seats as well as the full range of your boat’s upholstery.
The UV protection will help prevent discoloration and sun damage while the
cleaning solution will double as a long-term protectant.
For more great ways to ensure your boat looks its best, be
sure to browse our full range of
boating maintenance and repair
products here at BoatLIFE