Some damage simply can’t be repaired for a number of reasons, maybe the area is simply too large, or a bit of material is completely missing. You’ll need to judge on your own…”Must I make an effort to repair this damage or should it be replaced by an upholsterer?” DIY repairs compounds were created for damage to “soft” surfaces like the seats and padded parts of the trim but not for “hard” areas like the dash or steering wheels.
A diy repairs compound is not going to repair seams. Meaning it doesn’t work with the stitched part of the seam. It is going to focus on cracking which goes along the seam.
Seams can be repaired using super glue, but be careful because it dries really quickly. Before applying the glue, practice bringing the two sides together, so you know exactly how they fit together and where to place the glue. It dries very fast so you need to get it right the first time.
The result of your Diy repairs depends greatly on the extent of the damage you are trying to fix. It may be a burn from a cigarette, or maybe a cat scratch or an area of wear. Mostly however you will not be able to tell that there was any damage at all unless you look really closely. Colour Flex will dry darker or lighter compared to the colour you see in the bottle. Make sure to shake the bottle not less than 1 minute for a complete mixing.
Also, we recommend that you test large through the use of a smaller amount on an inconspicuous area (a cotton wool ball is included for this specific purpose) prior to deciding that you just ordered the incorrect colour and send it back to have an exchange. This will save you time, money and aggravation of having to return the colour. Because the colour you ordered might not be quite like what you’re attempting to match, in case it’s close, it is recommended that you lightly blend the nearby area.
This diy repairs trick allows your brain to get fooled into seeing one consistent colour. Bear in mind, colour tends to look much more intense when placed on a tiny surface. We suggest blending a place a minimum of 12″ around the repaired area. The greater you blend the location, the less your talent will be drawn to the actual repair.
Ideal working temperatures
diy repairs are between 75 – 85 degrees. If working outdoors in cooler temperatures, warm them that you are going to repair which has a blow dryer. If your repair is automobile, start the heater and warm up the lining so that the surface you’re planning to repair is going to be warm.
Be sure you do this outside rather than within a closed garage. On an average day your repair should be touch dry in a couple of hours, and completely dry in 1 day. You can accelerate that by using a hair dryer, but don’t get closer than 18 inches to the surface. Allowing heat closer than this will result in cracking of the surface.
Fine Mist Sprayer:
Employed to use a final “mist” coat in your repair. It is deemed an optional part of the repair process, however it does make it a bit easier to merge colours. Please bear in mind it’s not an aerosol sprayer hence the mist won’t be nearly as fine. However, for the majority of purposes it really works quite adequately. If you have a large area to repair, and are thinking of using a sprayer, our recommendation is the “Preval Sprayer.”
These are available in many DIY stores and simply screw onto the top of the Colour Flex bottle. Should your bottle of colour Flex seems thick after it has been stored, you can dilute by mixing rubbing alcohol with it, 1 tablespoon must be enough. DO NOT mix colour-Flex with some other coatings or paint! Colour Flex is a speciality product that should only ever be mixed with water or rubbing alcohol.
We suggest that you first give the leather to be repaired a good cleaning and conditioning. Employing a wash cloth, clean with liquid soap and water. Let the conditioner to penetrate not less than 24 hours. Do this again process again if more absorption is necessary. It could be beneficial to first sand the dry areas with 320 grit sandpaper to open up inside the pores also to smooth any previous coating which includes dry out and cracked.
Tech Tip: The best way to remove ink
There’s a good number of “wonder” products around that can remove ink but you don’t need any expensive products. All you actually need offers some isopropyl alcohol often called “rubbing alcohol”. Soak some cotton wool in rubbing alcohol and dab gently and watch the ink soften and lift away.
There is no need to rub, just let the alcohol do the work. This method can be used on most leather, just be careful not to use too much alcohol as it may remove the colour. Always test in an inconspicuous area first.
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