How to Recover an Old Moped Seat

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How to Recover an Old Moped Seat
There is nothing like having the classic moped seat still intact on your bike. (moped image by fuxart from

There is nothing like having the classic, original seat on your moped. Unfortunately, these seats were often made using cheap vinyl and they tear and deteriorate quite easily, especially if the moped has been unused for a long period of time. If you can't dare to lose your original moped seat, then it's time to recover the seat to make it usable. Although the finished product will look a little bit different than the original, it will last you for as long as you ride the moped.

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Things you need

  • Seat material
  • Pliers
  • Sponge padding
  • Adhesive
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • 4mm staples

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  1. 1

    Remove the old seat cover. Using the pliers, take out the staples holding the old fabric down to the seat. Try your best to keep the old fabric intact; you will need this to use as a template when cutting the new fabric for the seat.

  2. 2

    Spray the seat with adhesive. Try to find adhesive made for outdoor use; you don't want it deteriorating over time.

  3. 3

    Place down sponge foam on the seat to ensure a comfortable ride. Although it is up to you what type of foam you use, sponge foam is what is used on almost all moped and motorcycle seats.

  4. 4

    Trace out the shape of the seat onto the new fabric. Use the old fabric to create an outline for you to use. Don't go right to the edge when tracing, as you can always cut off extra fabric later.

  5. 5

    Place the new fabric onto the seat. Push the fabric down onto the sponge foam and flip over the seat, leaving the edge fabric unfolded. Using the adhesive, give your seat a second spray while it is flipped over. Now fold the edge fabric onto the edges of the seat.

  6. 6

    Pull the seat fabric taught around the edges and using the staple gun, carefully staple the fabric into place around the seat. Usually you place one staple about 3 inches apart. If there is any leftover fabric at the end of stapling, use your scissors to cut it off.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't wish to do this repair yourself, sewing companies are usually happy to recover the seat for you.

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