The best way to change the look and feel of your car’s interior is to reupholster your car seats. Reupholstering has the added benefit of stretching the life of your car. Of course, you also need to service your car regularly.
You can reupholster your car seats to give your car a fresh new feel, or you might actually need to do it. Car seat damage occurs for many reasons, and it may get to an extent that reupholstering is a necessity, not a luxury:
When Do You Need to Get Your Seats Upholstered?
Anyone could get their car seats reupholstered if they wanted to. It is one way to upgrade your old car’s interior, change the aesthetics if you’re unhappy with the current upholstery, but in most cases, it is to repair damaged car seats.
The extent to which your seats are damaged will play into whether or not you actually require repair and reupholstery. If you think about what goes into the actual process of automotive upholstery, then you’ll get a pretty good idea of whether or not you truly need it. Read full post at Shear Comfort…
If you have a tight budget, then you might choose to forego professional services and go for a DIY car upholstery. If you’re up for it, it might not be too difficult. The following are the most important steps:
How to Reupholster Your Car Seats Yourself
Once you have determined that your car needs reupholstery, you can start your DIY project.
The first step is to select the fabric. This is arguably the most important step because whatever fabric you choose should preferably last until you sell your car.
You must decide what kind of material you want to replace the current upholstery. You have a huge range of options, ranging from leathers and vinyls to funky materials with bright colors and patterns; there's something for every kind of aesthetic. Make sure that whichever color and pattern you choose will blend well with rest of the exterior and interior design before you finish your purchase. Read more at Do It Yourself…
Next, detach the seats from the car. This is not as difficult as it sounds:
Locate the bolts of the seat on its underside, and loosen them carefully with a wrench. Once the seat becomes detached, take it out of the car and separate the front, rear, and headrest pieces. Carefully unzip the existing covers or remove the staples holding them in the back with a stapling hook. Then, see where the hog rings are, and using a screwdriver, loosen them to free cover totally. Make a mark in the places where the seat tracks and rings are. Read more at Do It Yourself…
Once the car seats are detached, pull apart the upholstery and check if the frame of the seat has any areas that need to be painted over. Make sure it dries completely before you start the reupholstering process.
To ensure you cut out the exact shape of your seat, use the upholstery fabric you pulled apart. Stitch the fabric covers and after returning the seat frame, put the new upholstery back on.
Reupholstering leather seats can be challenging due to the nature of the fabric itself. In case the leather is torn, one can purchase a leather repair kit with color compounds that match your seat and paint the area. It is recommended for minor repair work only. Read more at WheelZine…
If your leather seats require minor repairs, then you can do it yourself from the comfort of your garage. However if the repair job is extensive, you might want to reconsider engaging a professional.
There you have it - new car seats for your car. Bear in mind that your car can only last as long as the level of care you give it.
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