Just installed Dodge Neon seats into my CJ, sitting pretty for now. But now I'm looking skyward.... wondering how long it's gonna stay dry. Anybody have any luck water proofing cloth seats? What about scotchguard or a similar product?
I guess you could use some Filson's oil cloth wax or snow seal. But the the first time it was really hot and you went for a long drive, your clothes would absorb the excess. Personally I love my Best top seat covers. Even cat pee just wipes off.
Since cloth is a porous surface, it will absorb water unless sealed with a non-pourus surface, the main ones being metal and plastic (though plastic can be puorus at extreme pressure). Since I imagine that you do not want to coat your seats in metal or plastic, I think the best solution is to get some good nylon/plastic seat covers, or put your top on...
With the manufacture of hi-tech cloths using nano-technology on the horizon, it will not be long before a cloth is made that will withstand water a great deal. Several companies are already using this technology to make their jeans much less prone to damage from spills. I read an article about it somewhere, will look tomorrow at work and post the link if anyone is intrested.
Take the upholstery off the seats, turn it inside out, grab your caulk gun & a few tubes of silicone, and apply it liberally to the cloth. Use a wide paint scraper to spread it over the cloth and kinda SMASH it into the surface a little. After it dries, turn it rightside out and reinstall it.
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