How we deal with upholstery repairs on seats.
The above photo shows a typical rip in a car seat. When a customer come to us to have it repaired, they typically ask if the repair will be invisible. The answer is unfortunately, "No".
The problem with the vast majority if rips and burns on seats is that they occur in areas which receive a lot of wear, which is usually how the area came to be damaged in the first place. Although there are methods at our disposal for carrying out invisible repairs, they are not durable. The priority for any seat repair carried out by us is that it be durable and hard wearing.
The above photo shows the finished repair. Although not invisible mending, the repair is not too obvious on a patterned seat.
Sometimes if the area of damage is near to a seam, it is possible to hide the damage completely within the seam, but at other times if the fabric is thin and frayed, the area of repair can be quite large and obvious. The repair shown above is fairly typical and although not perfect, this repair will stop the seat ripping further. Large rips in seats often start from very small nicks and tears, it is best to get them dealt with early before they spread.
Send us a photo and we will tell you the best way to fix it.
This kind of repair on fabric is without a doubt the most cost effective method of dealing with rips and burns on seats. If however you feel you need your repair to be invisible and only perfection is good enough, there is another alternative. It is possible for an upholsterer or vehicle trimmer to replace a whole panel of the seat with a matching fabric. Obviously this is more expensive and due to having to order the appropriate material, cannot be done in a single day, but on certain models of car, may be worth while.
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Photo Tips - Try to get one good close up of any damaged area, and then one shot which clearly shows the location... try and get in the nearest 'landmark' like a wheel arch or headlamp. When taking photos of dents, try taking them from a distance and zooming in. Use the reflection of a wall or fence to help show the dents. If your camera has problem focusing on chips or scratches, stick a piece of tape next to the damaged area and focus in on that, this will also help us get an idea of scale. When sending us photos of wheels, send us examples of the worst of the damage and one full picture of the face of the wheel so we can see what kind of finish it has.
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