Bringing anything back to life is a difficult feat. But when one has the proper tools and materials, especially if they’re not tearing holes through wallet pockets, the challenge can turn into a fun and rewarding activity. This article focuses on the reupholstering of vinyl in a muscle car’s interior.
After physically removing the seats, take the careful time to rip along the seams in the seating. The best tool to use for this process would be a seam ripper. Make sure to place the upholstery in the exact way it was sewn on in the first place, or make a strong mental note of their positions.
Now, mathematics. Measure how much fabric will be needed to replace the original. Usually, yard increments are counted. This part is tedious because it would take a robot’s brain to be able to pinpoint exactly how much fabric to order. Remember to leave a little room for the imperfect shapes and spaces that the original fabric inevitably has. Sometimes, tracing or marking helps. Along with buying the appropriate vinyl, foam and a cotton fabric (like muslin) have to be bought in order to add backing to the new upholstery. Recycling or reusing is always the best option, but it can’t always be enacted. An adhesive should at least be considered, too, because these things have to somehow stick together.
Once the new vinyl has arrived, it’s time to start cutting and sewing. Cut out the appropriate measurements and sew the new vinyl using a sewing machine, keeping the back parts of the seats sewn separately. This leaves space for error and should make it easier to fix possible mistakes, as well as offering ease when putting things together. If there’s extra fabric left over after sewing, it can be cut off or folded under and sewn. Extra upholstery fabric is a good thing, especially for vinyl because it can be pulled and stretched to its limit, leaving a neat and perfect seat cover. Fit the backs and bottoms on in the same fashion you would a pillow in a case. Make sure everything is tight and sew or cut any “loose ends.” Bolt back the seats, sit, and enjoy.
While a project such as this has the capability to be accessible to those with little to no experience, it does take time and patience. Visual reference is a useful guide along with this helpful model.