Originally Posted by Observer
Okay I have checked this out. The seat bases are GRP and have original gel finish. I'm not sure how good a finish I will get painting myself so I'm thinking of taking them to a car bodyshop and get a price for spraying them. If that's megabucks, I may have to revert to doing it myself so tips as requested above still welcome.
Also - any opinions on choice of colour. I have dark blue tubes and white hull, deck and console. The seats at present are black with black vinyl upholstery. I was thinking of painting the seats blue to match the tubes and same for the vinyl upholstery. But occurs to me that may be too much blue. Obvious alternative is to paint the seats white but covering existing black finish will (I'm guessing) be hard. Any opinions on that?
Just in case anyone's interested, I took one of the seats up to a local bodyshop and they are doing a spray paint of all 4 seat bases for £200. I decided to have them all done the same colour blue as the new upholstery. Let's hope it works.
Also, for information, there was loads of s/s ironmongery (hinges, catches, etc and related fasteners) that I removed from the bases for the paint job, many of which had varying degrees of corrosion. I've been soaking them in an oxalic acid bath, which seems to have done a good job of cleaning them up.