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Old 11-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Could one redo fabric on this lawn furniture?


People,

have a bunch of chairs for patio, and framing is still in great shape. But, fabric is rotted. I cant seem to figure out how to re upholster, or if theres another word, redo the heavy duty exterior fabric. It is 12 years old. Pictures are here:

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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I just cant see how the factory tucked in the fabric. man, what a feat. Howd they do it??? Its like- stuffed into the seam of the metal......cant even rip it out if I wanted to. Whats the secret, people???
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Do a search for outdoor furniture repair. there is a few out there. I'm actually in that business but we are located in Pa.
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Check for a regular upholsterer if there are non specific to outdoor furniture. They will point you or have options.

If you know the manufacturer, you might see if they have rehupolstery kits.

Of course, you will have to decide whether it is worth it. They look like decent chairs but they are not antique wicker or anything like that. You might be able to find new ones being liquidated cheaper than redoing them. I hate the concept of disposable but...

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I must just be forced into a channel along there, 12 years of rust and dirt, might need to have some Wheaties and try pulling harder...
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I must just be forced into a channel along there, 12 years of rust and dirt, might need to have some Wheaties and try pulling harder...
Right! I looked closer, and theres a crimped channel that holds a "bead" of the fabric. man, howd they do that?? Howe can one open the channel, beats me, without cracking that "white metal", if its white metal.

I will dig deeper. Thanks people!!
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The fabric has a pocket sewn in at each side that has a plastic cord that runs the length of the sling. To remove you need to cut sling down the middle then remove plastic endcap from bottom of sling rail, next bend sling backwards at the slot to break it free. Using a pair of channel locks grab bottom of sling and pull out. If you decide to do the project I will tell you how to install new one.
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The fabric has a pocket sewn in at each side that has a plastic cord that runs the length of the sling. To remove you need to cut sling down the middle then remove plastic endcap from bottom of sling rail, next bend sling backwards at the slot to break it free. Using a pair of channel locks grab bottom of sling and pull out. If you decide to do the project I will tell you how to install new one.
Too much, Bob!! There IS hope! I take it youve done this before??

OK, Im ready- so, do I cut with a stanley knife the fabric, near/against the channel of the chair?? (I found the end cap, and pulled it off- it snapped, but shouldnt be a big deal.)
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Not sure what you mean by "bend the sling backward". Im thinking only way is to cut with Stanley knife all the way down the length of the channel, then pull sling out, otherwise, its sooooo tightly installed, no way to pull out.......
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Cut it down the center with a utility knife then where the sling is in the rail bend the fabric toward the arm on the same side just to break the bond formed over the years. Put the chair on a table and grab the fabric at the bottom next to where you removed end cap with channel locks and pull it downward out the end of the rail. Hope this is clear enough for you.
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Cut it down the center with a utility knife then where the sling is in the rail bend the fabric toward the arm on the same side just to break the bond formed over the years. Put the chair on a table and grab the fabric at the bottom next to where you removed end cap with channel locks and pull it downward out the end of the rail. Hope this is clear enough for you.
Yup, sure is clear now, Bob!! Im running outside to do that right now!!!!! Thanks, man!
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OK, I did it. Used some soapy water down the channel. Seems like it helped lubricate as I yanked sooooo hard. Now, Bob, how the heck am I gonna install a new fabric, tight and all? Thats the mystery now (after buying it, of course). Im scared.

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You can do it, just remember to share pictures when your done.
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You can do it, just remember to share pictures when your done.
Thanks, Ber, for the inspiration. Now, I need PERspiration, and Bob. Tried internet, but no luck. Bob, come baaaaack (cupping hands next to mouth, shouting,like megaphone for Bob)..........

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