No matter how well you watch out of your lawnmower, sooner or later you will have a problem with the seat.
The most widespread problem is that the vinyl liner comes movable from the foam pad. This allows water to break through the foam, causing it to harden and disintegrate. You end up with a seat that holds water like a sponge and is terribly uncomfortable to sit on.
Keep in mind that lawnmower seats come in many shapes and sizes. Some have fiberglass seat trays. Other spots are made of metal and some seats have a separate bottom and back, but some are one piece. Take your time with this project and keep in mind that you may need to modify these instructions here and there depending on your particular seat. The seats on a one-piece mower can be too difficult or even impossible to repair.
In order for everything to work in optimal condition, you must first learn how to glue the seatback of the mower. This is because this simple step will maximize the life of the seat and prevent future damage. So come with me and we’ll show you the exact paths.
Once you get ready to repair your lawn mower seat backrest, it is a good idea to check first if you have all the necessary equipment. You need a key to remove the seat. The size of the wrench may depend on the seat of your mower. If your seat cover is vinyl, you need vinyl glue. If your seat is made of another type of material, like leather or some type of plastic, make sure your glue can work with that type of material. Some glues cannot work with certain types of plastics and may even partially dissolve them.
Therefore, you need the right glue, a set of wrenches, a flathead screwdriver, a sharp utility knife or cutter, and strong tape.
Also, depending on the type of foam and the damage to your mower seat, it is necessary to have replacement foam, Foam Lok or similar adhesive, and a sharp foam cutter with you at all times. during this process. This can be used to repair some of the foam.
First, remove the entire seat. Then establish get rid of the vinyl cover. It’s almost certainly aged by now and you may need to reinstate it with a new one. Also be conscious that if there is corrosion on this part, you will need to rub it down it before applying the glue.
Even if the vinyl peels off in a small spot, you still need to remove all of the sidings. It will continue to peel off. Place the seat upside down on a table or workbench. Now see how the vinyl is attached to the seat assembly. There may be staples or rivets, depending on whether the seat base is fiberglass or metal. Either way, there’s probably some glue there too.
Use your screwdriver to remove staples or pop rivets. Do this around the seat until all staples or rivets are loose. If the vinyl starts to tear around the rivets, simply use your craft knife to carefully cut the vinyl from each rivet and remove the rivets with the screwdriver.
Now is the time to take care of the glue that is put there at the factory. Go back to where you started and carefully lift the vinyl off the seat tray, one inch at a time, until it is completely back. Try not to break the vinyl too much. If there is no glue holding the vinyl together, simply lift the seat cover.
Are there pieces of your pillow missing? Are there any spots that have been crushed? These are two common problems that are easily fixed. Turn the seat over. Now cut or tear the replacement foam into small pieces. You will use them to fill in low or damaged areas. You want a good-sized stack of spare parts before you begin. Collect moss from the old patio or sofa cushions, or you can purchase a foam roller.
Start by spraying some Foam Lok on the damaged area. Now start pushing the repair pieces into it. When you have a layer of pieces of foam in the hole, use the palm of your hand to squeeze them and hold them for about 15 seconds. Repeat this process until the damaged area is slightly overfilled. Don’t worry – when you replace the seat and finish the project, there will be no bulge.
Take the vinyl cover and place it on your workbench by turning it over. Align the treated seat on the vinyl so the foam faces down on the backing vinyl. Once the two are perfectly synchronized, slowly fold the vinyl up and over the bottom half of the seat. Make sure it looks smooth and doesn’t hit it.
After that take the vinyl glue and squeeze a considerable amount into the seat base and back and forth. Make sure the vinyl completely covers the bead of glue when you fold it from the back.
Squeeze the glue on the other side of the seat, front to back. Fold and firmly press one side of the vinyl over the seam. Resolve the siege carefully. Repeat this process for the other sides and make sure it is properly secured.
You need to carefully pull the cover so that it is evenly distributed around the seat. If it is uneven, pull on the vinyl to balance the seat cover. Once the shape is good, firmly press the end of a piece of masking tape to the edge of the vinyl.
Now take your other new replacement seat piece and place it on top of it, joining them at its bottom edge. Place only a generous amount of adhesive (no cement needed!) Along both sides where they meet at each end; This is important because we will be pulling hard when we put our whole assembly back on its plinth.
We want this glue to hold so that there is no chance that the mower seat will fall off again anytime soon. If necessary, use clamps or weights to hold everything in place while you wait for it to dry.
When it comes to repairing your lawnmower, you might not be the most qualified person. It’s good! There are many ways to get help with this project from friends or family, as well as by hiring professionals. We recommend that you consider these other options before trying to fix something yourself if you are unsure of what needs to be fixed and how best to fix it.