What do you do when your seats are pretty much wiped out? You could spend about $300 on a new upholstery set and install it yourself, or, if your budget is low like mine, you could go the cheap route and find something to get by until your budget increases.
Here’s what I did in several sort of easy steps.
Step one: Find some presentable seat covers.
Step 2: Drag out the old wiped-out seats and give them a good cleaning.
Step 3: Take it all apart.
Step 4: Look at the ugly rusted stuff on the underside.
Step 5: Clean it up and paint it.
Step 6: Cut the seat covers to separate the back from the seat.
Step 7: Lay out the seat back and figure out the glueing sequence.
Step 8: Put the seat back panel on.
Step 9: Do the seat bottom in a similar fashion.
Step 10: Assemble seat.
Step 11: Stick it in the car.
And that’s how to do a seat make-over the cheap way. It doesn’t look as good as a real upholstery kit would but it looks far better than the slip-on seat cover. Eventually I want to make my own custom seat upholstery but I don’t have the tools for that yet.