Take several pictures of each item before and as you remove the item from the boat and before you remove the old skin so you have a reference as you install the new skin and reinstall the item in the boat.
DO NOT cut the old skins off. Remove all of the staples to remove them. You want the old skins to be just as they were installed for comparison. It also insures that all the staples are removed thus no chance of one staple sticking up damaging the new skin.
Any required openings in a skin, ie; speaker holes, walk thru wall net openings, throttle opening, etc., are cut AFTER the skin is installed.
Install new skins as you remove the old skins. Don't remove all the skins then go back and install new ones. It's a lot easier to reverse the process while it is fresh in your mind. While removing a skin, if there is something you see and you say to yourself, "I'll remember that", take a picture of it before you proceed.
Mark, (use pencil or a grease/china marker, never use ink or "magic" marker while handling/installing the skins), the back side of the board, on items that have welt/cording stapled on separately, where the welt/cording starts and stops. Also, use a china marker to mark the position of stripes where they wrap around and are stapled on the back of the board on all skins with stripes. This will ensure that stripes line up from one piece to another.
We use a narrow crown stapler and only stainless steel staples. Crown size does not matter. The narrow crown staples 3/8 inch length works everywhere except pass thru walls and some coaming pads, (if board is less than 1/2 inch thick), which need 1/4 inch or they will stick out the other side.
Dacron can be used to fill worn or compressed areas of the foam, such as the corners or for filling imperfections in the foam. You can also choose to cover the entire top layer of foam for added fullness to the cushion. When repairing or replacing foam, remember, installation of the skin will compress the foam a little so a little large on the foam is better than too small.
When installing a stern seat backrest skin and/or a bow backrest skin, spray contact adhesive, is very helpful. It is available at most home improvement and auto parts stores. Cover completely with Slip Film. Spray the glue a few inches wide along all the edges of the back of the backrest and the corresponding area of the skin. Place the skin on each top corner. Once in place, pull the skin down around to the bottom corner and stick the skin to the backrest along the short edge from the top to the bottom then start in the center of the top and work out to each corner stretching and sticking the skin towards the corners. You will be able to un-stick the skin if necessary to make adjustments for a proper fit. Once the top and ends are stuck where you want then start at the center of the bottom and follow the same procedure as the top edge. When satisified with the fit, you can now staple in place and add the welt. There is only about 1/2 inch area that will accept your staples close to the edge of the fiberglass place and add the welt. There is only about 1/2 inch area that will accept your staples close to the edge of the fiberglass edge. DO NOT turn up the air on the stapler, it will only cut through the skin you are trying to install.
Generally, it works best to fit and staple the corners and then work from the centers out to the corners. When installing skins on items, such as stern seat backrest, some coaming pads, bow backrest and some observer seat backrest, with inside curves, fit the corners and then staple the bottom of the corners around the curve first.
When repairing or replacing foam, remember, installation of the skin will compress the foam a little so a little large on the foam is better than too small.
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