Repairing the upholstery in the car is not that simple as the seats may have the upholstery stitched in shapes that are difficult to deal with or replicate. Smaller tears such as cigarette burns and scratches can be covered with patches made of leather or vinyl. Thais can be stuck with a strong adhesive gel or masking tape.
Using pliable gel also works great as this gel blends with the color of the upholstery and bonds with it well.
Larger deeper tears might need professional help. You will need to stitch the tear using a big thick needle and a strong thread. Though the end result may look very shabby. The best way is to patch the torn area and then to cover it with good upholstery car seat covers that will match with the interior decor of the car. To fix upholstery made of fabric is comparatively easier than dealing with other materials. Here are some basic steps that you’ll need to follow.
All you need to do is first figure out what type of treatment would the ripped area require. If the damaged patch is small and long then stitching it with the upholstery thread would rectify the problem. Remember to color coordinate the thread you chose with the fabric so that they blend into each other. The wrong colored thread would make the stitches stand out and look ugly. You don’t want everyone to know that you had to get your upholstery stitched do you?
If the tear is bigger and simply stitching the area won’t do, then you will have to stitch a patch over the torn area. The patch will also need to match the color and print of the upholstery.
You can even cut a patch out of your upholstery from an area that is hidden, for example from underneath the furniture.
Stitch the patch along its contours using clean seamless techniques, so that the upholstery surface is plain and even.
Before you begin repairing leather upholstery, you will need to clean it. Here is how:
Leather cleaning will help in strengthening the adhesive gel.
Clean the surface with some detergent soap and water from a spray bottle and then gently clean the area dry with a cloth and a blow dryer.
Now cut a piece of leather patch that is a bit larger than the tear and scrub its undersurface with sandpaper as well so that when you stick it the surface looks flat and even.
Stick the patch with an adhesive gel and press the patch on the surface with a small hammer provided in the kit.A tear on the boats upholstery can be a cause for serious concern as the repair value increases with the increase in value of the product. Vinyl boat upholstery can be repaired in the same way as leather upholstery is repaired except for some minor additions. Here is how:
Once you are done with the upholstery cleaning and have cleaned the surface well. Pour some pliable repair gel into the tear with the spreading knife and let it dry. Make the gel reach into the depths of the tear, this will make the upholstery stronger and more resistant to further tear.
Now spread the color compound gel over the dried layer of pliable gel so that the surface looks evenly color coordinated.
When the color compound is semi-dry replicate the upholstery texture pattern with one available in the kit, this is very important so that the repaired boats upholstery surface looks as good as the original. Replicate the pattern by gently pressing the skin over the color compound.A proper upholstery kit will have most of the tools and gels you’ll need to carry out the job. These kits are fairly priced and come in handy when you least expect it. So go ahead and fix your torn furniture today, without having to worry about draining your pockets.