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Attaching seat covers
#1405109 Wed Apr 07 2021 01:59 PM
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So I’ve been working on reupholstering my bench seats, i received new vinyl from classic parts as a gift, and then went through him Carter for the rest of the kit (cotton, felt, burlap, c clips, etc. was able to do the top have the bench, and am working on the bottom bench... i was able to do the front/back with the c clips fairly easily... but i can’t get the sides clipped in... seems like there isn’t enough room to get tools at the right angles to slip the clips in.

Anyone that has done this have any advice or tips?

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Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405125 Wed Apr 07 2021 06:14 PM
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I think I was pushing mine in with a flat tip screwdriver and a combo of regular pliers. Sometimes it was a multi-stage push with the pliers. It was definitely a fight but i got it done.

Last edited by Barnfind49; Wed Apr 07 2021 06:17 PM.
Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405137 Wed Apr 07 2021 07:59 PM
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One of the red line videos show replacing seat cover and they fabricated in a piece so they can use the hog clips

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Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405141 Wed Apr 07 2021 09:05 PM
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Search the Internet for hog rings and pliers
and:
Search the Internet for GM upholstery clips (I think they used to be called barrel clips) - these simply got pushed on, over/around the upholstery end/edge.


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Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405142 Wed Apr 07 2021 09:15 PM
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I just realized after my last post your saying you don’t understand how to use the actual clip. You basically stretch the material over the groove of the seat frame then just stuff the clip straight down into the seat material and it jams it into the groove and locks it in there. Just make sure all the old clips are peeled out of the track or you will never get it in.

Last edited by Barnfind49; Wed Apr 07 2021 09:16 PM.
Re: Attaching seat covers
Barnfind49 #1405218 Thu Apr 08 2021 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Barnfind49
I just realized after my last post your saying you don’t understand how to use the actual clip. You basically stretch the material over the groove of the seat frame then just stuff the clip straight down into the seat material and it jams it into the groove and locks it in there. Just make sure all the old clips are peeled out of the track or you will never get it in.

I actually do know how they work... already did the top half the bench and the long sides of the seat portion... it’s the short sides on the bottom bench that i don’t seem to have enough room for tools to hold the clips as i push them in... was able to do the rest with simple pliers

Re: Attaching seat covers
tclederman #1405230 Thu Apr 08 2021 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
Search the Internet for hog rings and pliers
and:
Search the Internet for GM upholstery clips (I think they used to be called barrel clips) - these simply got pushed on, over/around the upholstery end/edge.

I have the "C" clips that slide in and hold the vinyl in place on the seat frame, just have to figure out how to get them along the short sides of the bench seat - not much room for tools... But searching "GM upholstery clips" there looks to be a few different options that may work a little better

Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405253 Thu Apr 08 2021 09:58 PM
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I think I remember wrapping electrical tape around a set of regular pliers and getting the sides done with those. The taped part kinda on the seat cover itself but didn’t damage it at all.

Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1405301 Fri Apr 09 2021 03:30 AM
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I also had great results by covering one plier jaw with a piece of duct tape. I wrapped the tape around the full jaw so it stayed in place and protected the vinyl seat cover very well.


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Re: Attaching seat covers
GMJager #1407631 Tue Apr 27 2021 05:08 AM
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Ditto Barnfind49 on the "C" clips. I had my wife stand on the springs while stretching the vinyl. I also used an upholstery hammer. It only cost me a meal out!

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