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Does anyone know how to take the seats apart (front and rear) of a 2005 Frontier Crew Cab?

I purchased this truck in hopes of repairing it and the previous owner had a dog as a co-pilot. The interior wreaks of "wet dog" smell. I have successfully cleaned the carpet and floor mats but the seats are something else. I believe because the odor has soaked into the cushion inside.

I have used several different carpet shampoo solutions with my Bissell Spot Clean portable. I have thoroughly cleaned the seats 3 times, spending more than 16 hours in doing so with little success.

The next step I want to do is to take the seats totally apart to soak the fabric overnight in some sort of chemical solution, etc. as well as the foam cushion.

Do I just need hog ring pliers for reinstallation?
 

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Just put seat covers on and call it good. Pulling off factory oem upholstery and reinstalling it is a job for a pro. You might have air bags to deal with too.
Faced with your situation, I might consider a pulling an interior out of a wrecked Frontier.
https://www.realtruck.com/seat-covers/nissan/frontier/
 

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Unbolt and remove the seats from the vehicle, put em on a bench for good access. Unzip and unclip all the bits that connect the fabric to the seat frame.

Then, use dikes to clip out the hog rings in each listing.

Reinstall with the hog ring pliers, an upholstery door panel remover tool and a 90 degree tool


If you have any questions pm me. This is what Im doing for work right now, so I know it well.
 

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Thank you for all of these responses.

Frontier4x, I will definitely need your help. Thank you for your offer.
I just ordered two different hog ring pliers off of Amazon, along with commercial-strength enzymatic cleaner for pet odors.

I also ordered a set of custom seat covers a week ago, but do want to get rid of the smell prior to reinstalling the seats.


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Interested in how difficult it is removing and reinstalling seat fabric. I'd like to possibly replace my driver side. I discovered too late that the Velcro on my shorts rear pocket was fraying the fabric in one spot. I've thought of adding a bit of cushion while at it, but not sure if that would even be possible. Thanks.
 

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Interested in how difficult it is removing and reinstalling seat fabric. I'd like to possibly replace my driver side. I discovered too late that the Velcro on my shorts rear pocket was fraying the fabric in one spot. I've thought of adding a bit of cushion while at it, but not sure if that would even be possible. Thanks.


Taking the front passenger seat apart was a pain in the butt. Also, the rear bench seat arm rest was difficult too.

It'll be a real pain putting it all back together. Now I truly appreciate people who do upholstery.


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Interested in how difficult it is removing and reinstalling seat fabric. I'd like to possibly replace my driver side. I discovered too late that the Velcro on my shorts rear pocket was fraying the fabric in one spot. I've thought of adding a bit of cushion while at it, but not sure if that would even be possible. Thanks.
WOW, you too? I removed all the velcro on any shorts I have but like you already ruined the base cover and want to buy another one.

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Yea, we should take a poll of how many folks this has happened to. I'm not overly concerned about it. But yea, I could live without the Velcro back pockets. Update us ef9 with your progress.
 

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Sandblasting the metal parts of the seats before painting.


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Wish I had a larger sand blast cabinet. A lot of the parts will not fit in my cabinet.


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Drying cushions in the sun for the past two days. Source of the stench was in the cushions.



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I admire your thoroughness, restoring the seats. I'm assuming the reason for the sandblasting and repainting the frames is rust?
 

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I admire your thoroughness, restoring the seats. I'm assuming the reason for the sandblasting and repainting the frames is rust?


Yes, the seats are all bare metal. They were rusty and I was tracking the rust onto the seat fabric as I was removing them.

I don't want to track the rust while O am re assembling them.

I ran into a huge pitfall with drying the cushions.


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Yes, the seats are all bare metal. They were rusty and I was tracking the rust onto the seat fabric as I was removing them.

I don't want to track the rust while O am re assembling them.

I ran into a huge pitfall with drying the cushions.


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Not falling apart I hope?
 

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Not falling apart but they are taking really long to dry.

I had to bring them to a local dry cleaners in hopes they can hear them and blow them out to dry. We'll see.


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Yea, I guess the foam is pretty dense stuff. I have faith you'll get it all back together.
 
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