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Old 10-05-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Seat Foam Replacement

yup... the cushion on my driver seat is in bad shape... planning to carve a new one... anyone has done this?... any tips/tricks... what kind of foam to buy to be close to the oem?... I've been looking around for automotive foam or even a place where to buy the original one... suggestions?

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sounds like that would take a lot of patience which is something i don't have. when my back seat broke i just got a new one at the junkyard and sold the other one for scrap. after the exchange it only cost me 25 bucks.

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An electric meat carving knife like you would use on a turkey on Thanksgiving works very well to carve and shape high density foam.
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I believe you could find a similar foam at Jo-Ann, Michael's, or some other local fabric store. I think it is called urethane foam, but I'm not 100% sure. It should come as something like 4'x8' blocks of varying thicknesses but sometimes the thinner stuff will come on a roll so you can buy a couple feet of it instead of a huge block. It's usually near the quilt batting and pillow/stuffed animal stuffing.

Also, if you do decide to get it from Jo-Ann Fabrics, it is worth signing yourself (or wife/gf if you want ) up for their mailing list. They send out coupons for 50% off any 1 item (a single cut of fabric or foam counts as one item) and often it will stack with sales as well for like 60-75% off that one item. You can always cancel it once you get it or keep it to get things like grommets or nylon webbing and buckles for homemade cargo tie-down straps or grab handles.

As far as cutting it goes, the thinner stuff will cut just fine with a sharp pair of scissors, but thicker blocks or carving it into shape would probably take a good knife or saw. The electric knife idea sounds good, but I haven't tried it myself.
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I believe you could find a similar foam at Jo-Ann, Michael's, or some other local fabric store. I think it is called urethane foam, but I'm not 100% sure. It should come as something like 4'x8' blocks of varying thicknesses but sometimes the thinner stuff will come on a roll so you can buy a couple feet of it instead of a huge block. It's usually near the quilt batting and pillow/stuffed animal stuffing.

Also, if you do decide to get it from Jo-Ann Fabrics, it is worth signing yourself (or wife/gf if you want ) up for their mailing list. They send out coupons for 50% off any 1 item (a single cut of fabric or foam counts as one item) and often it will stack with sales as well for like 60-75% off that one item. You can always cancel it once you get it or keep it to get things like grommets or nylon webbing and buckles for homemade cargo tie-down straps or grab handles.

As far as cutting it goes, the thinner stuff will cut just fine with a sharp pair of scissors, but thicker blocks or carving it into shape would probably take a good knife or saw. The electric knife idea sounds good, but I haven't tried it myself.
well... my wife will love your idea about the discount coupons!! ...
I saw some of that foam in Jo Ann (yup.. my wife took me there )... Im going to try a small piece for practice.... thank you and Jerry for the electric knife suggestion
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x47979345 Any good fabric/upholstery store, and the electric knife will work wonderfully. Just use the old foam as a pattern and go for it... My theory is, if it's already broken, trying to fix it is worth it, since worst case scenario is that when you're finished it's still broken... Best case, you've fixed it!
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x47979345 Any good fabric/upholstery store, and the electric knife will work wonderfully. Just use the old foam as a pattern and go for it... My theory is, if it's already broken, trying to fix it is worth it, since worst case scenario is that when you're finished it's still broken... Best case, you've fixed it!
exactly my way of thinking

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