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Ripped leather seat

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bigdaddylove, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. bigdaddylove
    Joined: Jun 6, 2012
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    Hi,

    Is there anyway to repair this tear:

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    Do the upholstery folks use some industry product or do they just replace the panels?

    If so, how much does it usually run?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  2. Johnunit
    Joined: Dec 31, 2010
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    from Toronto

    Generally, if you can't get the edges to touch or come VERY close (like, less than an 1/8th inch) it needs to be re-upholstered.
     
  3. You could ask these guys. When I work at a Cadillac dealership we had some local guys that did leather repair . It all depends on the overall condition of the leather.

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  4. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
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    Pull the cover off

    Then paint the foam black to hide any flaws in the repair.

    Then use some contact glue and patch it from the inside with another piece of leather [ rough sides face-to-face ]

    Duct tape the rip together and clamp it between 2 flat surfaces.

    Sew back along the stitch line [ right through the patch underneath ]

    Note: I have done similar patches using "Cotton Canvas" with success also.

    Dont use synthetics because it doesn't hold with contact glue [ ADOS F2 ]

    Be patient and let the glue cure. When you think it is OK walk away from it for 24 hours
     
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  5. Moonequipt13
    Joined: Jul 9, 2012
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    I'm willing to bet anyone that does upholstery work on used cars isn't making the repair to last forever, rather than to get the car sold
     
  6. voodoo1
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 452

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    YUP!! Best best would be to just get the seat re-done. looks like it's aging anyway. Mike
     
  7. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
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    Why, when aged leather looks better. Old dry leather can easily by rejuvenated!
     
  8. bigdaddylove
    Joined: Jun 6, 2012
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    Yeah, I like the lived in look, too. I just want the cracks fixed since the seat has sentimental value.
     
  9. garth slater
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
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    from Melbourne

    If it came to me I'd be recommending the replacement of the panel. That involves Removeing seat cover, (which generally will require taking the seat out ) repair foam, replace the damaged panels and refit.

    Anything else would be band- aid solution. I'd take 2 hours minimum.
     
  10. voodoo1
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 452

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    You're right about the aged leather looks better. Mike
     

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