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Sew a seat at the seam? what tape will hold on a vinyl seat?

Hi all,

Just bought a 99 polaris classic touring. 2 seems are busted open on the seat.

Any recommendations if its ok to sew the seam from the outside? doesnt need to be pretty, just want it to stay closed so the padding below doesnt get wet.


I tried duct taping them closed and also using heavy duty alluminum tape but neither will hold to the surface.

Any recommendations?
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I've had good luck using a curved needle with fishing line to sew it back together and then used a small paint brush to spread some two part epoxy over the seam. It seems to hold the stitch better even on dried out vinyl.
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I did the same as Sledinheaven for my 98 XLT touring but I also than put fabric tape sold at your local hardware stores over the stitched seam. If your sled is not stored in a heated garage than I would recommend taking a heat gun ( low setting ) or a hair dryer to warm up the seat before applying the tape. Holds for the season and than you just replace the tape next year. The tape is available in a variety of colours so it matches quite nicely, ( Blue , Red, Black, Yellow to name a few that I've seen)


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I did the same as Sledinheaven for my 98 XLT touring but I also than put fabric tape sold at your local hardware stores over the stitched seam. If your sled is not stored in a heated garage than I would recommend taking a heat gun ( low setting ) or a hair dryer to warm up the seat before applying the tape. Holds for the season and than you just replace the tape next year. The tape is available in a variety of colours so it matches quite nicely, ( Blue , Red, Black, Yellow to name a few that I've seen)


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Well, i learned alot.. stiched away for 2 hours..then put some eboxy bond on top

lets see if it holds...
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Vinyl Repair Tape

I had a bad seam in my seat and used Tear-Aid. It's been holding for three years. I also used it on my water trampoline and my buddy used it on his motorcycle seat. It stays flexible and really stretches so it doesn't pull off when you sit on it. Works on boat seats, too. There's also a version for canvas, etc.

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Gorilla tape- black- 500mph
Duct Tape- gray- 200mph
I have used gorilla tape on a cold wet windshield at -30 F. without failure. GOOD STUFF.
But if at home I like the stitch and epoxy idea. Sounds strong and sealed.

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I used an upholstery needle and some super strength thread and some Gloozit Eboxy bond from walmart. Total cost 10$... took 2 hours to sew it up but after riding a bit last night it seems to hold well.

First seam is a little loose since i did the 2nd one first but still very strong and the bond overtop really seals the deal.
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Gorilla tape- black- 500mph
Duct Tape- gray- 200mph
I have used gorilla tape on a cold wet windshield at -30 F. without failure. GOOD STUFF.
But if at home I like the stitch and epoxy idea. Sounds strong and sealed.
I tried that duct tape but it wouldnt hold on the cold vinyl, I will get some gorilla tape for backup.

I wish i found some black epoxy instead of the clear but it aint a show sled so it doesn't really matter. Aslong as my buts dry im happy
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Take seat off and take to a local upholster for a quality job. Should only take couple of hours and you have a much better repair. I am kind partial to doing that seeing how thats what i do for a living. Full recover is generally around 150.00 w/all new vynal.
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Take seat off and take to a local upholster for a quality job. Should only take couple of hours and you have a much better repair. I am kind partial to doing that seeing how thats what i do for a living. Full recover is generally around 150.00 w/all new vynal.
Thought about doing that.. the hassle of taking off the seat... driving 30 mins to a upholestry shop...wait time then picking it up...seemed a bit annoying..

Its not a show sled.. if it can hold for a couple seasons... my 10.00 and 2 hours of sew time is worth it...
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I used the same sewing with line but used black rtv silicone to seal it stayes flexable+you can hardly see it on a black seat has worked well for 2 months+400 miles so far. p.s. the seat was 72 degrees for cure time.
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My seat is pretty much without any vinyl covering left! just trying to get through the season. the compartment fell off the back of the seat and i think i know how to get that back on, but what do you guys recommend for 'covering' the seat without spending 100+ and the time to drop off/pick up from the upholstery guys?
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Just bring it in if it is that bad before you rot the foam too
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I probably should, but that's too much work for me. My trailer is being kept out of town and i'd be without the sled for a week as the upholstery guy i swamped; just looking for a 'quick fix' so the kids can keep riding. Mainly in the acreage behind the house and pulling kids on sleds. shop= best idea. what's the 2nd best idea for a quick fix? thnks
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You could use an old army duffel bag, remove seat stick inside of bag pull tight around bottom staple it+ride on. any water proof gym bag would also work its not pretty but the kids wont care.
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i recently re aphulstered the seat on my 1978 exciter i used marine black pleather like material put 1/4 inch plywood on the underside because the wood was shot i used liquid nails on the wood then let it set and stretched the material around the foam real tight and stapled it to the wood came out pretty good took about 2 hours and only cost around $30.00 so if you get the time it seemed to work pretty well
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