Installation Tips for applying Tinny Traction boat seats for a flush fit!
Wash the aluminium seats with warm soapy water to remove any dirt, fuel, etc and allow to completely dry before attempting to 'peel and stick' the seat on.
- Most back seats have 90 degree ends so a straight cut is required.
- Take note of the ‘flair’ angle of the sides of the boat and cut at one end accordingly (usually 3 – 5 degrees) using a sharp craft knife and straight edge or an electric carving knife.
- Check and mark with pencil when in positiion on the boat and trim if necessary.
- Measure the length of the boat seat and add 1 -2 cm.
- Cut to overlength; put into position and mark the corners in pencil on the boat.
- There should be a bow in the seat when the ends are in position which can easily be pushed down.
- CAREFULLY remove the backing paper from one side of the seat. Fold back and crease about 20cm of the remaining backing paper for later easy access.
- Place one corner in position hard against the side of the boat according to your marks and press down.Place the other corner in its marked position and press down.
- Using the edge of the seat as a guide press the edge down so the ‘bow’ is evenly dispersed.
- Remove the rest of the backing paper and press down the ends forcing the ‘bow’ back into the seat.
- Press the seat down from the middle of the sealed edge radiating pressure outwards…. this will force any air between the surfaces out and give even distribution of the now compressed in seat.
- Apply even, firm pressure all over the seat, carefully pressing down the edges.
- Most boats have curved ends on this seat towards the bow.
- A template can be made to cut this curve and also the ‘flair’ angle of the sides of the boat which typically starts off at about 3 -5 degrees and grades up to about 15 degrees at the front of the seat.
- To allow for this we need to cut the front seat 1- 2 cm oversize to achieve a clean, flush fit.
- First make a template by tracing the curve with paper, transfer this to cardboard and if necessary to plywood or particle board… take note of the angle of the curve to the side of the seat…. it needs to be the same at both ends…..a set square is good for checking this for symmetry.
- Using the template, cut the curve at one end, check and mark its position.
- Measure the long edge of the seat and add 1 – 2 cm, place in position and check.
- When sure of position and length, cut to oversize.
- Proceed as above.