Your Guide on How to Fix Your Honda Seat Cover Properly
Repairing your auto seat cover can be done at the fraction of the cost of applying for the assistance of an upholstery service. There exist repair kits that allow you to fix any damages on your vehicle through a satisfactory (if labor-intensive and time-consuming) process. These special kits are available with upholstery materials that come in various colors that match the stock upholstery of your seat cover. Such a kit won 't only extend the lifespan of your car seats; it can also keep them appearing like they 're fresh off the assembly line, as though they 're brand new.
What You 'll Need
- Repair Kit
- Alcohol wipes
- Spreading tool
- Applicator brush
- Repair compound
- Scissors (optional)
- Leather conditioner
- Sandpaper 600 grit (optional)
- Liquid dish-washing detergent
- Bucket filled with lukewarm water
Step 1:On the damaged parts and their surrounding areas, apply the conditioner included in the kit. This will condition your leather for about a whole day. Avoid using conditioners or cleaners with ammonia in them because this could exacerbate the damage.
Step 2:Dip your washcloth into a bucket full of water then wring the water out. On this moist cloth, put a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Put just enough to make it bubble. From there wash the area of your upholstery.
Step 3:As you wash your car seat with your damp washcloth, include the stitch lines with what you 're washing. Rinse the washcloth and repeat the procedure from the top until your seat is completely cleaned of debris and lint.
Step 4:Cut or push off any loose threads into the damaged area. Stick any loose flaps with adhesive repair compound. Snip out any ragged edges as well with your scissors so as to smoothen up the area and the compound.
Step 5:Use your spread tool to spread out a thin layer of repair compound over the damaged area, overlapping around it at half an inch. Do it in a way that covers up the damage without making it obvious that the compound was used.
Step 6:After smoothening out the compound with your wet fingertip, allow the whole thing to dry completely. It takes approximately 15 minutes to do so. In between applications, wipe off excess compound. Keep doing this until you get a smooth, workable result.
Step 7:Smoothen out the surface even further with a new alcohol pad (as opposed to an old used one). You should focus and be careful to not remove the compound as you attempt to smoothen it out. Afterwards, lightly sand the area with 600-grit sandpaper.
Step 8:Remove particles or residue of sanding as well. Apply a light coat of laminate via applicator brush over the repaired area. Do this several times until you 're satisfied with the result of the coat.
Step 9:Every coat should be dried out for 15 minutes before you apply a fresh coat. Once you get to the final coat, you should your brush 's wide, flat side. Now it 'll take a whole day or 24 hours to completely dry out your seat.
Step 10:After the 24 hours has passed and the repaired area is completely dried out, apply conditioner over the area once more. Obviously, your paint should match the color of the upholstery in order to ensure a virtually seamless repair. The best kind of repair is one where you couldn 't tell it was damaged in the first place.