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Old 02 October 2014, 09:28   #1
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Attaching cushions to fibreglass seat

At the moment my vinyl covered cushions are attached to each of the seats with poppers which keep seizing or coming off. I would like to look at alternative ways of attaching the vinyl cushions. One way might be heavy duty hook & loop Velcro. If I do go down this route what is the best way to attach each side of the Velcro ie one side to the vinyl cushion and one side to the fibreglass seat top.

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I'm not sure velcro is the best way to attach seats in a RIB, but if I were to do it I'd use impact adhesive.

1. Cut the velcro to length (both halves together) then peel it apart.
2. Impact adhesive the seat cover where the velcro will go, and the back of the velcro strip and wait til it goes tacky/touch dry.
3. Press the two together without creasing it and wait til it dries.
4. Stick the other half of velcro back onto the first half (hook & eyes together) and place impact adhesive on the back of the velcro and on the fibreglass where you want the cushion to be stuck.
5. Wait til it goes tacky/touch dry.
6. Press the two together - et voila.

No intention to teach you to suck eggs, but not everyone knows how to use impact adhesive to it's best potential!

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No intention to teach you to suck eggs, but not everyone knows how to use impact adhesive to it's best potential!

Good luck.

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I use velcro with a self adhesive backing, much easier, but you really need to sew it to the vinyl as well
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i use heavy duty self adhesive Velcro. its never come loose and in fact the vinyl pulled away from the base and the velcro was still solid.

As always, prep is key, dry, salt/dirt free first.
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i use heavy duty self adhesive Velcro. its never come loose and in fact the vinyl pulled away from the base and the velcro was still solid.

As always, prep is key, dry, salt/dirt free first.
I've used this in the past with good results....the Heavy duty marine rated stuff in white is the way to go.
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I'm not sure velcro is the best way to attach seats in a RIB, but if I were to do it I'd use impact adhesive.

1. Cut the velcro to length (both halves together) then peel it apart.
2. Impact adhesive the seat cover where the velcro will go, and the back of the velcro strip and wait til it goes tacky/touch dry.
3. Press the two together without creasing it and wait til it dries.
4. Stick the other half of velcro back onto the first half (hook & eyes together) and place impact adhesive on the back of the velcro and on the fibreglass where you want the cushion to be stuck.
5. Wait til it goes tacky/touch dry.
6. Press the two together - et voila.

No intention to teach you to suck eggs, but not everyone knows how to use impact adhesive to it's best potential!

Good luck.
Thanks I would have done this but good to check; also any particular glue would anyone recommend please.
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Mind your fingers on your needle when you sew your velcro!
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If you have poppers they are probably on a flap of material?
You could remove the poppers and use 'lift the dot' fasteners in their place. These are very secure and easy to fit. Or there are turnbuckle types but they sit proud of the surface and may get in the way.
You could put self adhesive Velcro and take it to your local upholsterer to machine sew in place!
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Osprey pod bases are awkward to hinge and can look cack if attempted. Consequently, all of my pod top seats are attached with black ind Velcro. A more practical set-up than hinges IMV and they take a damn good tug to get 'em off, they'd never work loose.

A tip, put the soft side (loops) on the pod base, and the rough (hooks) under the seat. Other way around and the hooks clogg up with fluff pulled of off of clothing being taken in and out of the pod bases.
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You reckon Velcro beats Hinges and catches?!.. For holding seats tops in place?? Yeah right!
Maybe they're just badly designed?..the thought of relying on Velcro to keep you,and yours secure on long rough passage,with all the forces involved..Nah!
...Put quality locking catches on and they won't go anywhere....and another pluss!.. neither will your Kit
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