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Vinyl repair is there a proper way or material to use?


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I was installing the window crank in my Cord which had been reupholstered in Vinyl in the 50's I believe. The interior is in incredible shape and extremely well done. It looks original and is true to original design, just done in Vinyl. Well I slipped with a tool I was using to align the pin and tore a 1 inch spot.:mad:

Thankfully it's in line with the pleat and not far from the handle. (too far over for an oversized escutcheon) So looking on the bright side of a train wreck it could have been worse. Now that I have calmed down a bit. Is there some correct way to repair this with a certain type of material or kit?

I know the right way would be to remove the panel and replace the one pleat. Maybe some time in the future if I can find a match on the material, but for now I want to do an acceptable repair if possibly.

I have an 06 Ford Superduty truck that I bought with the rear vinyl seat having been repaired and although not perfect it's pretty good. Does anyone know what they may have used on that?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm still fuming about it.

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Guest Foggy norm

I depend's on, how difficult it will be to get behind the tear. There are vinyl repair item's at auto part store's and possibly craft (type) store's. Ideally, you would like to slip a piece of similar material behind the cut, large enough for an adhesive to grip both side's of the tear. A super glue "gel" would work, it has a pointed spout that would tuck under and into the two peices of material. The difficult part would be, pinching the tear together while the glue set's (not long). This may have to be repeated since the glue may be absorbed into the fabric the first time, then it would be, glue gluing glue. The vinyl repair kit would be to fill the gap, if your unable to pince the two halves of the tear together. This method is to prevent the tear from growing.

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The good part, if there is one, is that it is on a part that won't get stretched or even rubbed like a seat cover would. I found a Commercial type product called SEM with links to youtube videos on how to make the repair. It looks like that may be the trick. Here is the door panel and there is the rip. post-43003-143141734759_thumb.jpg


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