View Full Version : Vinyl repair
09-08-2006, 06:51 PM
Any tips on how to repair vinyl? I have a couple of small tears (less than half inch) in a couple of sress points. I would like to fix them before they grow.
09-08-2006, 08:20 PM
You'd be a rich man if you could figure out how to do that at stress points without replacing the vinyl. There is no easy way - the damaged vinyl has to be replaced.
09-08-2006, 08:28 PM
Check out your local new/used car dealerships. They have people who come by to repair leather, vinyl, cloth, plastic and carpet, among other items and will come to your house to do repairs. A friend of ours had a guy with a MARS franchise [Miracle Appearance Reconditioning Specialist] to repair his White drivers and observer seat cracks, charged him $50 and has lasted 3 years. 1-877-262-6277 will give you your local franchise if you have one. Where are you located?
09-09-2006, 01:32 AM
Thanks for info. I am located in Lacombe, La. about 5 miles from Slidell(Think Katrina !) The only good thing that came out of that was that the storm got my old Slickcraft and made me a proud MC owner. (1999 MariStar 230 VRS)
09-09-2006, 09:31 AM
Bruce: Are the tears where the stiching has come loose, or rips in the vinyl itself?? Bill
09-09-2006, 04:10 PM
Bill: no loose stiching thank goodness. Just a couple of very small tears. Did not even see them 'till I pulled cushions out to clean and lifted motor cover and saw from outsidw boat on bottom of vinyl. As I mentioned they are not bad I just won't to keep them from getting bad.
I have a few areas where the stitching thread has broken and is unraveling; driver's seat bolster, observer's seat back, and rear seat cushion. I talked to an upholstery repair shop and he told me that the skins would need to be restitched. $$!
Since the openings have not progressed too far I thought I might be able to hand sew using the appropriate tools.
Question: What type of needle and thread are required to accomplish this repar. I'm sure special needles and treads are used for this application.
09-26-2006, 08:57 AM
I use a half round upholstery needle with nylon upholstery thread.
That just might be the ticket. I don't think I've ever seen a half round needle in the store. Where can you buy these?
09-27-2006, 11:09 PM
You will need to go to a fabric store, and they can fix you up. It will most likely be a package with a combination of about four different needles. I found the half round to work the best. Ask for upholstery needles.