Repair Seat cover

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Been thinking about how to repair a stock Seat cover
I would like to keep the stock appearance if Possible
There is a crack ..
If I could find some glue that sticks to the plastic --
I am thinking in terms of taking off the cover
Closing the gap gluing
And then a strip of Reinforcement fibre glass or another plastic strip on the inside
Perhaps Epoxy
Over all three of those stitches (Not titches just look so )

Anyone having experience and / or comments please tell

I do have sewing Machines .Shoemaker Singer and Leather upholster Pfaff Machines
But to be honest I am poor on that part I ll leave it to those that can ...It was surprisingly difficult.

And with stitches it is no longer Stock I Might as well try to make a new cover all together.
Using the one on the picturea as a tempalte.



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https://www.ebay.com/itm/223734845780

I've used those guys on Honda reproduction seat covers; the quality is good

Maybe they have something that will fit But Mine is a 1980 XS 650 SE US Custom
with a stepped seat .
Further more Price + shipping + Customs + Tax here it will run in on ca $100

Many years ago I took one saddle to a Shop upholsterer working with furniture
I believe he took $35 --$ 40 without the pattern on top .He s retired now and shop closed
Still have that saddle without holes
 

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Yes that was a very very good write up.
I need to think it over .. Maybe ill take the cover off after all
Can close the gap from the inside
Apply a larger backing piece should it be brittle by age.
Ad take measurements making a template so I will be able to sew up a new one.
Should the repair fail.

What cleaning chemicals are a good Choice
The seat on the picture has not been cleaned . A bit shine is desired
 

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Took off the cover it was simpler than i thought
There is like hooks .And one don't need to open them that much
Just a flat screwdriver under open a little and then the cover is so flexible that it can be unhooked via stretching the vinyl
With the hands

There was some rust so it was not a bad idea to remove the cover
Grinding not to much creating holes
and painting with a brush .. Black cheap Automotive Paint .But this one gives good results
I did not use primer paint did not have at home .But this will help a while

Picture not so good it was late so the light can have been insufficient
I payed attention to put extra paint at the lower edges Where the metal is folded

On the first picture background is a cover bought on the Cheap Wont Fit

See where this goes --- Plan is to glue it together with vinyl backing . Hoping to press the crack together

I tried to wash with car Shampoo and a special chemical for this purpose -- Not good result.
Will try the soap and better chemicals I want more shine




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