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If you haven’t used your boat in a while, it might be time to do some maintenance on your marine vinyl for boat seats before taking it out on the water.

As the weather gets warmer, and the days get longer, it’s time to get your boat ready for summer fun. Once you get your boat out of storage, there are a few key maintenance tasks you’ll need to perform before you can load up the fishing poles. It’s always a good idea to check your boat battery at the beginning of the season, after it’s been in storage all winter. That way, you can recharge or replace it if necessary. While you’re at it, why not check the oil, filters, and spark plugs? Starting the summer boating season with an oil change is always a good idea, that way you can avoid any engine trouble down the line. If you see any corrosion on your boat, it’s best to call a mechanic. Checking the hull for cracks and the propellers for bends when the boat is out of the water is a smart way to keep your boat in good condition.

The final step to take before going to the sea is to check your gear for safety and give the boat a good cleaning, inside and out. As you clean the boat’s interior, take note of any fading or cracks in the marine-grade vinyl. If you see any problems, they will need to be fixed.

Any seasoned boat owner knows that annual repairs are just the price you have to pay for early morning fishing trips and towing your kids on inner tubes. While a new boat will require less maintenance, there’ll still be costs associated with keeping your boat in top shape. One great way to save some money is by taking on easy maintenance tasks yourself. If you have some free time, you can make the repairs to your marine-grade vinyl on your own with a bit of hard work and a good tape measure.

Although you can save money by doing your own repairs, some tasks are better left to the professionals. If this interior job sounds too big to tackle on your own, the skilled mobile technicians at New Touch Design will come to you to make any repairs to your marine-grade vinyl.

Three-step guide to replacing damaged vinyl boat seats

Even with proper care, your marine-grade vinyl will fade over time or suffer from tears or punctures. Car keys in someone’s pocket are a common culprit for puncturing one of your boat seats. Duct tape is a quick fix if you get a tear, but it’s not a long-term solution. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can purchase a vinyl patch repair kit to seal up the tear. However, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the marine-grade vinyl on your seat cushion. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for replacing the vinyl on one of your boat’s seats by yourself in just three steps.

  1. Remove the damaged vinyl by taking off the cushion and using a screwdriver to remove the staples.
  2. Cut your new vinyl along the lines of the old vinyl to create a replacement piece that fits perfectly.
  3. Attach the new fabric to the cushion and plywood backing using a staple gun.

Choose marine-grade vinyl for your boat seats

If you’re looking for a durable and long-lasting option for the interior of your watercraft, marine-grade vinyl is a great choice. Standard vinyl just doesn’t measure up when it comes to boats and RVs, so it’s important to choose a material that can withstand the elements. Marine-grade vinyl is definitely up to the task!

Marine vinyl is a great choice for your boat upholstery because it is resistant to water and fading from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is also stain-resistant and easy to clean, which helps keep your boat looking great for longer.

Tips for keeping your marine vinyl fresh

Assuming your marine vinyl is properly installed and in good condition, here are some tips to help keep it looking fresh:

  1. Rinse regularly with fresh water, especially after salt water exposure.
  2. Use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and debris.
  3. Keep the vinyl dry and clean when not in use.
  4. Store marine vinyl in a cool, dry place when not in use.
  5. Apply a UV protectant to help prevent fading.
  6. Clean with a mild soap and water solution when necessary.
  7. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your marine vinyl looking its best for years to come.

If your marine-grade vinyl needs repaired, or you need a boat seats restoration, contact the professionals at New Touch Design to get a free quote and see how we can make your boat shine this season.