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george nagy posted 11-09-2001 09:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
My leaning post cushion has fallen apart. The wood has rotted. I was thinking of having a removable cushion made with a 90 deg. angle. (similar to yhe one shown in the 1986 catalog.) The apoulstery shop suggested this would be more involved than the way it is now. I was thinking to rebuild the factory style one, only this time using starboard intead of wood.

The only thing is I'm not sure if staples will stay in this material. I know that it can't be glued so I would have to be screwed together.

Any Ideas?

Chris J posted 11-09-2001 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I wouldn't recommend Starboard for this application. It won't rot, but it is very expensive and incompatible with nearly all treatments (adhesives and paints). Its slipper surface makes it hard to fasten anything to it unless you use threaded fasteners throughout.

There is nothing wrong with exterior or marine plywood if it is treated right. It is cheap, easy to work with and compatible with common adhesives. Paint it with a good grade of epoxy (West or System Three) if you are concerned about rot. If you are stapling to it, apply the epoxy and do the stapling while the resin is still "green" (tacky but not fully cured). I bet the vinyl and padding on the seat wears out way sooner than the epoxy-treated plywood.

ffk posted 11-09-2001 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
George
I believe that Chris is correct regarding starboard not being the best material for your application. Starboard can certainly be glued, although it can be more effort than it is worth at times. I duplicated all the wood pieces that are upholstered on my 21 Outrage, 7 in all including the curved aft seat back. After discussions with Bob Mills, I applied 2 coats of West epoxy. They had no difficulty in fastening padding or material to the cured epoxy.

Frank

where2 posted 11-12-2001 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
This is what you want:
King Starlite XL is a marine grade utility sheet that is 40% lighter than starboard. It is a weather resistant black sheet that will not swell or delaminate when exposed to humidity or moisture. King Starlite XL securely holds fabric staples, combined with its other properties makes it a perfect choice for upholstery applications.
Here's a URL for a distributor
http://www.piedmontplastics.com/index_new.htm?index=7

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