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Cheapest way to repair torn vinyl?

I picked up a car I want to flip, it has torn vinyl on the seats, I'd rather not cover them, any tips on doing some patch work? Black tape? I thought there were repair kits out there. I'm going to do some more research, but figured someone on here may have a bright idea.

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Were they torn by accident, or age?

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I picked up a car I want to flip, it has torn vinyl on the seats, I'd rather not cover them, any tips on doing some patch work? Black tape? I thought there were repair kits out there. I'm going to do some more research, but figured someone on here may have a bright idea.
To repair the vinyl you have a few options. I did some repair work on a boat I have where the seams had seperated. I went to a marine repair place and picked up some heavy uphostery thread and the corresponding needles. We took the cushions apart and restitched them. They look as good as new. If your problem is similar you might consider this option. If the damage is torn seats nowhere near the seams you could do this. However fresh uphostery - done by you - will be easy to recoup on the sale. Nasty seats will turn off a buyer.
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Repair vinyl upholstery in your car

Found that... It was helpful.

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When I was young a cure for noisy tranny or rear axle was mixing in a couple cups of sawdust with the lube. Try some gorrilla tape on the seats. Cheap fixes help a lot for future referals!

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Aren't there laws against that sawdust trick?

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did a quick youtube search and there are many impressive products on the market, look at some of them and see what suits your needs

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i have 2 tears in the back seat of my cars vinyl. it is ripped at the seam. and i have 2 rips in my carpet as well. you guys think i should just sew them up.
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there is a trick to patch up a carpet also on youtube seems really easy to fix, as for the rip at the seam maybe if you had a picture then we can probably suggest something

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hey 199 you can find it under the problem section of my car build on this site. just click on the link in my signature it is on their.
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hey 199 you can find it under the problem section of my car build on this site. just click on the link in my signature it is on their.
The carpets should be and easy task follow the same concept as the videos make sure u put something underneath the carpet in one of the videos the guy puts an x-ray film, you can use a rubber or plastic pieces, dont use paper or cardboard, cut out a small pieces of carpet from a hidden location like under the seat. You can use a brush instead of the roller that there using to blend it the weaves when done.




Or you can buy one for $135

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As for the spit in the rear seat its difficult to tell if u can sew that same piece back on, I dont know if the sewing thread is gone or if the vinyl is ripped were the sewing used to be, either way you will need to remove the seat and the cover themselves if you want a clean repair, might need no insert a new pieces, or if you want an easier way you can use the same concept as the carpet by buying a strip or piece of vinyl and placing it under the covers without removing it. If thats not what your looking for then you might be better of getting a new front and rear cover kit for $180

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I've had good lick repairing vinyl by using duct tape on the under side, pull the two sides of the tear together tight (taped on the back side), and then apply super glue gel on the seam.

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Nothing you do is going to work for very long. Tape will get gooey in the sun and come loose. The vinyl is ripped at the seams and there is no seam left to stitch up and there is not enough slack to pull the remaining material together plus 45 year old vinyl is just going to rip loose again after you stitch it.

There is so much strain on the seat vinyl when you sit on it that there are no good options.

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For tears and holes in vinyl the best product in the entire world is called Tear Aid. Do a google for it. This stuff works wonders. You will be able to see it slightly if you look hard. I actually repaired the liner of my in ground pool with this stuff. Again...it works.
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