I Got A Cheap Sundowner Seat!!
A while back, I was asking opinions on a Reach seat vs a Sundowner seat. I have ZERO issues with reaching the ground or the forward controls, but wanted something to push me towards the handlebars a bit. I have a 13 NRS, so I already have reach handle bars.
I almost bought a Reach seat, but I found a brand new Sundowner seat on eBay for $100. Only catch was it was a demo seat with DEMO printed all over it.
I researched how to remove the DEMO print. One guy used acetone, but it scarred up the seat. Another guy used VHT vinyl paint, but said he had to repaint it a few times.
I took a chance, I mean for $100 I could have it reupholstered and still save money.
I tried acetone, and sure enough it removed the DEMO print, but scarred the vinyl. Basically the DEMO is screenprinted on the seat, then there's a thin clear protective coat over that. So you basically have to remove that protective coat to remove the print. Anything strong enough to remove the print would ruin the vinyl. Back to square one.
I finally read a post about removing print on jet ski seats. And someone said to use SEM vinyl paint, that it actually melts into the vinyl and forms a flexible and permanent coating. They turned their yellow seat red and it had lasted for 4 years so far with no issues.
So I bought SEM satin black color coat and SEM vinyl prep, about $35 total. I read the key was cleaning the vinyl thoroughly. Even though the seat was brand new, I could only assume it has been handled and was dirty.
I washed it with Dawn and water. Then a magic eraser sponge. Then Brakleen (it's a degreaser), and finally lightly wiped it with acetone to remove any and all remaining oils. Acetone only scarred the vinyl when I scrubbed with it.
Then I sprayed on the vinyl prep. You spray it on wet and then wipe it off with a damp wrag. It a solvent that lifts dirt, opens the pores of the vinyl, and temporarily softens the surface to bond with the color coat. Well, according the can anyway.
I masked off everything except the panels with demo, and the two triangular panels near the Harley logo. I left those unmasked so I could paint over the white stitching.
I think it turned out perfect. The satin black was an EXACT match for the factory vinyl and it covered the DEMO logos. I used 5 coats for a thick smooth finish. It needs 24 hours to cure, but I leave tomorrow for a 2 week vacation. At least it will be good and cured when I get back to try it out. But it seems I now have a brand new Sundowner seat for $135. It no longer has the white stitching, but I actually prefer all black stitching. The white just ends up dingy looking.
Ive attached pictures if anyone is interested.