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Leather / Vinyl Repair #5086570
04/25/19 10:53 PM
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tom slick Offline OP
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The driver’s seat in my wife’s Ford Flex has started cracking and splitting along the edge. The seams are in good shape but the material itself is failing. Anyone have experience with a repair kit? Any recommendations?


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5086629
04/26/19 12:43 AM
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If its leather, the repair kits like 3M will work, but only temporarily before another area fails.

Best thing is just to replace the cover. They're not terribly hard to do. I did the whole interior on my TL with a kit from Auto Custom Leathers. He'll ship the cover to you and even include the hog ring tools if you need them. Good dude to do business with, and he will sell you just the cover you need (no need to buy an entire kit).

Before and after on my TL

https://acurazine.com/forums/third-...-custom-leathers-my-new-interior-972908/

Yes, I did have a shop help with mine, but I'm confident I could have done it myself. The shop is my uncle and it was part of a trip to see family anyways, so why not have a pro help you out?

https://autocustomleathers.com/

Not affliliated, etc etc. Just a positive experience.

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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5086649
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IDK if it's been discussed on this site however, "Sweet Project Cars" has many good tip for car care.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5086700
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ctechbob- that was a sweet job you did on the Acura. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5086723
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It probably will be cheaper to buy a kit online and replace yourself versus going to an upholstery shop.

Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5086965
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We're going all the way back forty years here. Back when they had get rich magazines with various spiels. I had some old beater with an upholstery split and didn't do a very good job with a JC Whitney kit. Purchased a new '79 Renault LeCar-- vinyl but nice French vinyl. Back in those days, the only thing the French could do right was seats. Some miscreant cut a hole out of the upholstery on my month old car. Took it to one of these vinyl repair gurus operating out of his house and he repaired it flawlessly. Matched color and grain perfectly. Long time ago and I'm sure he's long dead, but I was pleased with his work.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5087483
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Right now it’s just a couple of small spots. I’m sure it will get worse with time but it’s nowhere near new seat cover time. The edges of the seat are vinyl and just this portion seems to have hardened.

Anyone ever used one of those kits?


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5087515
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Originally Posted by tom slick
Right now it’s just a couple of small spots. I’m sure it will get worse with time but it’s nowhere near new seat cover time. The edges of the seat are vinyl and just this portion seems to have hardened.

Anyone ever used one of those kits?



Yes, in my Accord. It fixes the hole but then the leather/vinyl tends to tear around the fix as the stress gets concentrated there.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: joekingcorvette] #5087519
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Originally Posted by joekingcorvette
ctechbob- that was a sweet job you did on the Acura. Thanks for sharing.



Lol, I just put it in ACL built it so I'd give them and my uncle most of the credit on it. I just did the grunt work.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: ctechbob] #5087551
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Originally Posted by ctechbob
Originally Posted by tom slick
Right now it’s just a couple of small spots. I’m sure it will get worse with time but it’s nowhere near new seat cover time. The edges of the seat are vinyl and just this portion seems to have hardened.

Anyone ever used one of those kits?




Yes, in my Accord. It fixes the hole but then the leather/vinyl tends to tear around the fix as the stress gets concentrated there.



You are confirming my suspicions, the material is failing so patching is just that, a patch. I’m mostly thinking of damage control to make it less snaggy and to slow the rate of failure. I was more curious about experiences with particular kits and if they look decent when done with a modicum of care. Or would I be better off just glueing down the splits until total failure.


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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5087648
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Re: Leather / Vinyl Repair [Re: tom slick] #5087718
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I would get some coarse material and some fabric glue (contact cement) and push the material under the split, coat both halves with glue, let it set and then stick it together. That's probably about the best hope you have of slowing the damage.


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