Here’s a little something I do to help keep my seats nice. I fish a number of tournaments during the coarse of a year and that usually means rain or shine. The weather and the up and down out of the seats does take it’s toll on our seats. I’m not a little guy, my boat is over 15 years old, and while it has some scars, overall she’s doing pretty good!
I use an automotive leather conditioner on the seats a few times a year. That helps the material stay soft. After some time, the stitching is going to break down.
Hard to see in the pic, but the netting is showing and the foam is begging to show. If left alone it’s going to break down faster at this point. I try to keep my funds for fishing rather than costly repairs. It’s hard enough with an outboard, but that’s another article!
So in the pic below, I isolated the damaged area. Then scuffed it every so slightly and cleaned it very well to remove anything to keep the material from sticking.
Use several coats of the material and follow the directions for best results.
I’ve made a few of these repairs and was surprised how well it seems to work. It’s by no means perfect, but the material is waterproof and my goal is to preserve the foam and it seems be taking care of that.
I hope this little tip helps you keep your hard earned dollars in your pocket and out there fishing longer. Good luck!