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Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
Uncle Brad #1116654 Fri Jul 31 2015 04:47 PM
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"looking like a moron with a squirrel hide" That's funny. Steve

Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
53Movinon #1116732 Sat Aug 01 2015 01:25 AM
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This is the order I would suggest doing it. If your springs are a little weak, cut a piece of heavy household carpet to place over the springs for a foundation. Follow this with the cotton batting layers to get the thickness you need. Use the two-inch high-density foam for the TOP layer, draping it over the front 5-6 inches, followed with the seat cover. With the HD foam on top, you will not get develop a hole where you sit.
My foam and batting came from Hancock’s and my seat cover is the Jim Carter Spanish grain maroon.

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Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
53Movinon #1116765 Sat Aug 01 2015 06:52 AM
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Thanks for the explanation; I spent an hour and a half at several stores tonight with my squirrel hide trying to figure out the answer to the title of this thread... With my hide/seat sample in hand (and REALLY looking like a moron with a caliper as well): How much has the original cotton deteriorated? Was the batting doubled over? How much integrity will be lost in this foam vs that foam? How much room for play will the seat upholstery have when it arrives? How many 24" x 60" pieces can I cut out of a full size mattress topper? King sized?

Trying to save money here...

The old seat material is flat as it can be, and I don't ever remember thinking it was uncomfortable; it just stank & the cover was trashed.

Brad



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Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
RdsLessTaken #1117175 Mon Aug 03 2015 04:01 PM
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This is almost the same procedure I used even using the JC Spanish grain maroon. It looks a little "bulky" and in retrospect, I wonder if I should have used the 1" instead. Steve

Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
53Movinon #1117552 Wed Aug 05 2015 06:06 PM
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Thanks for adding the "bulky" pointer. I have 1" & 1.5" foam material; also a variety of wool fabric, burlap, & cotton batting material. I can't keep all of it, and it is in returnable form, but I wanted to have it for any modifications I may need to get the right thickness.

Brad


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Re: Foam thickness for bench seat
53Movinon #1117563 Wed Aug 05 2015 07:48 PM
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I had to use a couple of seats to actually make a good set of bones and springs.
I ordered my Briar Brown seat cover from Raybucks and did the seat work-up using some dense padding from Walmart to top the springs ( Carpet is a good idea) and some softer egg-crate type foam as well.
I used hay bail twine to help secure the top foam layers while installing the cover.
So far, no complaints and the seat looks good and is comfortable.
It has that twangy spring sound from the action of sitting on it but for me, that just adds character to my old truck. wink
Years from now maybe, someone who might remove the cover will find a message left from me on the padding!
Jerry


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