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|Author||Topic: Removing Cushions|
posted 03-02-2006 07:04 AM ET (US)
I trailer my boat quite a bit and clean after every use. I always remove the cushions before I wash her down. I have already broken two of the cushion snaps when I remove them and I've only had the boat a year. What do others do? Just leave the cushions on when washing? Or is there a trick to removing the cushions without breaking the snaps or ripping the material?
posted 03-02-2006 10:00 AM ET (US)
I own a Sport 150 and take the cushions out when I trailer the boat. I learned he hard way that they needed to come out when tralering on the interstate. I didn't own the boat for more than a half hour when I did loose one on the interstate and a tractor trailer drove over it.
To make the cushions easier to unsnap I purchased Starbrite's Snap and Zipper Lubricant. This really makes taking appart the snaps much easier. I hope this info helps and good luck with the boat.
posted 03-02-2006 11:41 AM ET (US)
I normally leave my cushions in place when washing the boat. The secret to safely removing the cushions is to pull or pry on the snap, not the cushion itself. A flat blade screwdriver works well. There is also a tool available specifically for this purpose:
The lubricant mentioned above will help prevent corrosion which makes the snaps hard to undo.
posted 03-02-2006 01:47 PM ET (US)
Something else you can use to lube the snaps is Vasaline petroleum jelly. This is mentioned in the owners manual of my set of canvas for my 23 Conquest.
I did that once and it worked too well in some places. Some of my snaps come off on occasion.
posted 03-03-2006 07:28 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the responses. I checked the tool out and while it looks like it would do the trick, they want $25 + $7 for shipping. Heck, I could almost buy a half a tank of gas for that much money. While the product review is good, they mention that the handle cracks with use. I suspect I can make my own tool by bending a weed pulling garden tool.
Also, the lubricant sounds like a great idea as I have already have noticed corrosion.
Thanks for the help...as usual this board comes through.
Any ideas on fixing one that is already torn off?
posted 03-03-2006 09:21 AM ET (US)
I agree, the tool is a bit pricey and seems designed mainly for fastening snaps in hard to reach areas.
When replacing torn out snaps I always (when possible) insert a small piece (1-1/2" x 1-1/2") of vinyl, fabric, or thin plastic inside. This can be sewn in place or glued with a 2-part epoxy. This added thickness allows the snap to grip the material better and helps prevent the snap from pulling out again.
posted 03-03-2006 04:56 PM ET (US)
If you don't want to invest in the tool, just take your cushions to a mom & pop automative/marine canvas shop. They should be able to pop on a new one for you for a few bucks, maybe even free.
I did this last year at a local shop to add a snap. I asked how much after the job was done and was told it's free. They said come back if I have a real job for them. Needless to say...I will use them if I ever need any new canvas work for my boat.
posted 03-05-2006 02:53 PM ET (US)
Ahhhh, went to sears hardware today and found what they call a 3-1/2 inch Tack Puller. Really does the trick and costs a measly $6.49.
Sorry don't know how to hot link?
posted 03-14-2006 12:17 PM ET (US)
Chap Stick will work for Lub. A little dab will do.
posted 03-14-2006 12:39 PM ET (US)
Whaler usually wraps the foam in a thin membrane which eventually acts as big sponge of salt water, this speeds up the corrosion process of the snaps.
I take the foam out and rewrap it with strong garbage bags to prevent water intrusion.This will help maintain the hardware.
posted 03-23-2006 10:54 AM ET (US)
When I replaced the foam in my RPS seat last year, I purchased a very high quality dense foam - Much more comfortable than OEM.
I put the foam inside 3 or 4 6 mil contractor clean up bags puchased at Home depot with all seems taped with duck tape. Ought to be waterproof for many many years.
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