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Old 05 October 2004, 12:19   #1
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Refurbishment

Hello all,

The fabric on the bench seat and front cushion of my rib is looking rather tired, and I would like to get them recovered.

The vinyll is white and dark blue.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend any company within reasonably easy driving distance of London (South Coast is OK) that would do a good job of recovering the seats in the original colours to marine grade quality.

I would plan to bung them in the back of the landrover and drive them there rather than hassle around trying to post them which is why near London would be good.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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Old 05 October 2004, 17:18   #2
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I just spotted his van in Torquay marina today:
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or "Brian" on 07719 526 922

Hope it will be of some use to you.
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Old 05 October 2004, 18:24   #3
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had a good session in the pub so pm me for more details. better still pm Pete7 cos he knows exactly where they are.

How old is your ribeye?
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Old 06 October 2004, 05:51   #4
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Dear Rogue Wave,

Thanks for your reply...Ribeye is only a couple of years old, but the upholstery going off is my fault as it's left on the Thames with lots of acid rain and bird crap without a cover. I suppose the quality of the upholstery isn't that good.
I know what you think about Ribeyes...but I promise you the rest of it is still in great shape!

Brian..thanks...but Torquay a bit too far.
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Old 06 October 2004, 17:07   #5
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The upholstery has gone on my Scorpion at the seams and on my Ribtec all over the place. I think it has to do with the Vinyl expanding and contracting.

but it's a pain in the arse all the same
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Old 06 October 2004, 17:35   #6
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My apologies Rogue Wave,

I thought you were building up to having a swipe at Ribeyes again.

I misjudged you....and I still promise to eat humble pie if anything serious goes wrong!
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Old 06 October 2004, 19:09   #7
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The use of "marine grade upholstery" has amazed me for many years. It is never 100% water proof, fades/discolours quickly and rips with ease.

Of equal amazement is that buyers put up with it by accepting that it is the best fabric available yet only a few inches from the seat is a fabric that is many years durable etc etc ---- yes the tubes.

Hypaoon is expensive, say retailing at 45 a m but it lasts and when packed onto closed cell foam will last as long as the tubes. So when buying a new boat ask the manufacturer to fit the seats with offcuts of the hypaolon. They will charge and you may not get the fancy piped edges but is will be a pukka job.

We fit it, we charge for it, yet not a single customer has disagreed with our principle of longetivity.


For a retro fit buy from say Henshaws or Polym and it is in most cases a diy or supply material to your local upholsterer.

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