It has occurred to me that, although I dont plan on it, likely the jeep will get wet with the top off at some point or another. So my question is this - do I treat the existing seats with waterproof coating (like for boots, I think its silicon spray?) or just buy some waterproof seat covers? What have you guys done? Pros and cons of either?
I have a set of neoprene seat covers that I got for m truck I had before the jeep. they run around $100 for a set of universal bucket seat covers or you can get the custom fit covers but they are a lot more expensive. they are really nice though because you can just take them out and wash them and you dont have to do anything to your seats.
Waterproofing the seats with spray doesn't work that well, it wears off quickly and you can never be sure they are 100% waterproof. Plus once the seat foam gets wet, it is all downhill. The neoprene covers works great.
the covers will soak up a lot of moisture, and will fade horribly with the top down.. a little water on the seats never hurt a jeep..
1997 TJ, 6cyl, 4' Skyjacker, Custom Bumpers Front and Rear , Rocker Rails, Magna Flow Muffler, Light Bar , Custom Intake, Optima Yellow Top ,33x12.5x15 Procomp X-Terrain, Alpine Type S Audio, 10' polk sub, Recaro Seats.
As someone who wears a lot of neoprene... it doesn't dry instantly at all but it is designed to get wet. I went with some cruddy vinyl seat covers so at least I can just towel them off after a rain and not suffer from wet butt
The best seat covers I've seen for fit and waterproofing are iggee's seat covers. They're decently tough, fit well, towel off when wet, and don't absorb water like neoprene. The downside is they're a little pricy. around $150-200 for a set.
In my experience neoprene seat covers are very warm in the summer. I have a set of Bestop seat covers which are very nice! The water won't soak through, but rather puddles up on the cover.....wipe it off and you're good!
I got the Smittybuilt neoprene black and red mostly to match my jeep. Not even full summer in Vegas yet and appears they produce as much moisture , see above ref. to "sweaty butt" , as they would repel IF it ever actually rained in Vegas. They do work to protect seats very nicely though.