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Old 28th March 2005
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Well guys and gals. Here it is. I started this bugger Saturday night after a trip to the Tandy leather store to buy some materials($130) dyes, paints, oil, sealant, bevels, etc and went to work. I have enough dyes and paint to do probably 20 or 30 more. I spent 40 bucks on the leather and it is enough to do two seats. I bought a 2000 solow pillow off ebay and it will be done next. Gonna try and recoup some of the material costs. I am genuinely pleased with the outcome. I will probably make the sides of the seat red but black is always the other choice. I will probably do a less complicated design on the pillow seat that has a more universal theme. Here is a pic. for your critiqueing pleasure. It is going to really look good on my toxic green bike.
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Looks mean as hell. Nice work.
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Awesome job Ralph

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holy seat tops batman...........looks good!

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Whats to critique?
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ralph, you could make a living doing that.
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With one word: excellent!
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Its not on the seat yet. So far it would make a nice decoration for my garage. It could become a hobby. I bought a solo pillow seat off a 2000 sporty that I will redo after my pillion pad is done. I am a little concerned about the cheap seat bases on the Harley seat. They just glue and staple the covers on the thin plastic base. They use some chincy naugahide for their covers also.
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Sweet! You have to let us know how the sealant works to keep the artwork on the seat. Wow....I'll have to do that to my seat (of course, my own design)! I'm assuming you used the paint for the design?!?!? What about the dye?!?!? Awesome job.

Ok....I'm bad! I just saw the next topic where you show the how-to. Never mind......(on the paint part--I mean the rest of what I said).
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Here is the finished product. I know it is colorful and somewhat different but that is what I like about it. It is mine for my bike.
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