Early 50's Monark Lobdell Seat Cover

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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,776
Portland, OR 97206
Anyone know what material this is covered in. Could it be leather? Is it a cloth of some sort? What would be the best way to condition it?
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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,861
Planet Mongo
Good Morning Dave! These seats are covered in a thin vinyl type material, not oil cloth. Because of age , sun and wear, it becomes hard and brittle. The material is easily cracked.
These saddles were cheaply made. They are single pan. The fabric is placed over the metal with little backing and looks like they were machine molded over the edges and secured with an adhesive. That seat dates to the early fifties. Go to a fabric store and look through their stock, I'll bet you find something close. I have recovered this particular saddle before. It is harder to re.cover because you don't have the second pan to pull the material's edges in tight.
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I've had several 50s Monarks and all of them had this same style saddle.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,776
Portland, OR 97206
Dumb question: Other than make it look cleaner, do you think white shoe polish might do anything to revive some of the surface cracking?
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,706
crown point<indiana
Ya think white vinyl spray might work ? I have used vinyl sprays before and the hold up great
 
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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,776
Portland, OR 97206
Ya think white vinyl spray might work ? I have used vinyl sprays before and the hold up great
Probably, that's a good suggestion. Thanks!
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