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  • Interior and Floor update to make 2002 Malibu VLX like new

    • Year: 2002 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: VLX Cost: (unspecified) DIY or Professional Install: I installed it

    The interior was in pretty good shape for a 16 year old boat.  The part that really bugged me was that the sun deck was spray painted by the previous owner to try to hide a cigarette burn that he tried to fix. Also wasnt a big fan of the orange welting.  There were also a couple seat covers  that had been replaced and didn't match the rest of the boat. 






    I wasn't able to find material that matched the factory upholstery, so I decided to swap out the perforated material for a light grey.  But after seeing how bad the old seats really were I opted to do the entire boat. 







    The seats were a lot more work than I had expected.  I figured it would take a couple weeks to complete, but it took the better part of 2 months of nights and weekends to finish everything. 



    While pulling out the seats I found out the carpet was so much worse than I had originally thought.  This was about the same time I had found a good deal on a newer Tige Z3.  I ended up buying the Tige and was now the owner of two boats.  My wife thought I should just sell the Malibu and stop dumping money into it, but I had come this far and the old girl deserved some new carpet. 




    Entire carpet project is here: 






























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    15 hours ago, RedWakesetterVLX said:

    Looks very good. You do all the cuts and sewing yourself? Do you have a background in this?

    I don't have a upholstery background,  but it's pretty easy. There is only a couple stitches that you will need to use.  You'll need a walking foot industrial sewing machine that can found on craigslist for $400-600 .  The key is use marks about every 6 inches  to line up the pieces and to cut an accurate pattern and if the existing vinyl has a odd curves from being stretched for years, you'll need to make the new pattern have the same odd curve so it will match how the foam has been squished. 

      Theres some great videos on Sailrite that show you everything you need to know.  

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