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Fixing Torn Vinyl and Leather
By Steve Temple/
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Degree of DifficultyEasy
Estimated Time180 minutes
180 minutes
Cure then Add Material – After using a heat gun to cure the repair, press a piece of flexible material with a grainy surface onto the repair area to match the texture of the surrounding vinyl. A few different types of texture are available, from satin-smooth to a pebbly grain.
Use  a Heat Gun to Cure the Repair then Press Flexible Material onto Surface
Drying – The patch dries quickly, and creates a strong, seamless bond that's ready for a color topcoat.
Patch Dries Quickly
Fill and Sand – A filler/adhesive is used in the damaged areas of the seam, which is then sanded down smooth to the same level as the rest of the stitched area.
Put Filler/Adhesive in Damaged Areas of Seam
More Prep – Additional cleaner and vinyl prep are then applied so the color coats will adhere.
More Cleaner and Vinyl Prep Help Color Coats to Adhere
Matching the Color – Various combinations of color tints are mixed into the cup of a spray gun. Matching the color precisely will be the biggest challenge, particularly for beige.
Combine Color Tints to Match the Color
Color and Condition – Once you have a match, apply a few light coats of color. The last step is to apply a conditioner to the upholstery.
Apply Color and Conditioner
Final Step – With the exception of re-dying the vinyl, the repair is done and the job complete.
Repair is Done Except for Re-dying the Vinyl
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