I am compiling questions pertaining to household Electrical, Heating and Air conditioning, remolding, repair and other subjects for a Homeowners’ How To Ebook I am completing and I have run out of questions to ask myself.
Ensure that your pressure plate—the surface that will directly contact the patch and any glue that squeezes out around it—is less porous than the seat surface. Otherwise, when you release the pressure, bits of the seat fabric may separate and adhere to the clamp. When I use a wood block, I wrap it with plastic cling wrap from the kitchen in order to release from the glue. Metal clamps don’t need this precaution. Since I use a water-soluble glue, I can clean up any residue with a moist rag.
For starters, let’s acknowledge that if you do it yourself, a repaired seat tear will never be completely unnoticeable. If you want it to look like new, you’ll have to take it to a professional upholstery shop. A professional can restore seemingly hopeless leather. In a worst-case scenario, he can completely recover it in cloth or vinyl, starting at approximately $200 per bucket seat and $250 per bench seat. Leather materials, however, will cost considerably more.
Another option for attaching timber beams, fence posts, door frames etc to walls is to use express anchors. These fixings are hollow with a slot in the side and slightly larger than the hole which is drilled for them. When hammered into a hole, they squeeze tight and wedge firmly into position. They can also be used for joining timber as they provide the advantage of a screw, resisting being pulled out, and the convenience of a nail.
Many all leather” seats will actually have leather on surfaces that will receive the most wear, but cloth-backed vinyl for the sides or other areas that will receive little abrasion. If you have a choice, the cloth-backed vinyl is preferable because it is thinner. When I removed the gray bolster from the Supra, I found a nice big piece of vinyl, although I never found where this had actually been used on visible surfaces. Note the contrast between the thickness of the vinyl (0.0235 inch) and the leather (0.0570 inch).