JB Sport Trim's seat covers are simple to install onto your seat by doing it yourself or by an upholster (It's just like stretching a canvas). This page gives you step by step instructions and tips on upholstering a basic seat cover.
Get your tools.
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Pair of Vise-Grips
- Staple Gun preferably an air (neumatic) stapler
- Stainless Steel Staples 1/4" (any hardware store carries them for the T-50)
Optional items you might need are:
- Hair Dryer for a little heat to help with stretching.
- DAP Auto/Marine sylicone for repairs
- 3M Spray Adhesive for Foams/Headliners
Take your screwdriver and pry out all those staples holding your old seat cover on. Sometimes they can be stuburn so you might need the vise-grips to pull some of them out once you lift them.
Once you pull off your old seat cover you should have your seat with just the foam, or in some cases the cover is attached to the foam so just take a utility knife and cut the edges off where it meets the bottom.
Note: If your cover is attached and is in rough shape where it needs to be removed from the foam, you will need a hair dryer to heat the cover and foam as you pull it off. This takes a few hours to do if you want the best results. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information to help
If you have some minor holes in your foam take some marine sylicone, fill them and take a knife and smooth it out and let it dry for a couple hours.
Lay your new cover over the top of your seat and in most cases you will line up the back end first exactly where you want it to meet on top (unless your cover is fitted in the front then start from the front instead) and then wrap the back part of the cover under the seat. While holding it in place, flip the seat upside down and put a few staples in to set the beginning of your installment.
NOTE: Try not to put the first few staples to close to the edge, keep them far enough away to give you some room in case it rips or if you make a mistake on placing it to far back, it will leave staple holes.
Next, pull the sides closest to the back side forward and around the bottom as tight as you can get it. I find it better to pull one side first to set where I want it on top, staple, and then pull with my vise-grips on the other side to get it tight and wrinkle free.
Now that you have the back of your seat set just keep pulling the sides forward and down and then staple until you get to the top end.
Also this is where your 3M spray adhesive comes in. Use the spray adhesive for seats that have lots of curves or steep bends like the dirt bike seat we are using as an example in these instructions. Spray little by little on the foam and the cover, let dry and pull straight forward tightly, then push down firmly where your adhesive is and continue to staple and glue until you get to the top.
Then the last step, go through and staple all your gaps pulling with vise-grips when needed all the way around and your seat is finished and ready for riding!
If you happen to get wrinkles around areas with tight curves, loosen the staples out that are holding that area, heat the area up with your hair dryer, then pull tight until the wrinkle is gone and staple back down. Works like a charm!
For anyone who needs help taking off seat covers that are molded to the foam, glued or have large cracks, please email us at email@example.com so we can farther assist you. Although some of these issues may be beyond repair we can only attempt to help you fix them by suggesting ideas that work for us and will hopefully work for you.
Wondering how to get rid of those wrinkles that seem to bunch up around your corners?
Start out your corners open like in the picture above how it's only stapled up to where it starts to curve. Give them some room.
Heat up the vinyl around the corner with a heat gun or hair dryer.
Pull up the vinyl in the center of the curve as tight as you can so it will stretch out the wrinkle flat in that area and staple down.
Repeat process of heating, stretching up and stapling. Then go back and pull out the smaller wrinkles in between areas and staple.