As the owner of an old car that needs a complete restoration, I know the value of DIY projects. By repairing or restoring yourself, you can save thousands of dollars. One of the most often needed repairs for vintage cars is upholstery. Let me give you some simple tips for fixing it yourself. First of all, you must always clean the upholstery before starting any repair project. Use a cushioning cleaner that is made specifically for the type of padding you have and always follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. I prefer to test the cleaner in an isolated place just to be safe. You will be amazed what a good cleaning can do for the old upholstery! Sometimes it reveals areas of potential problems that you can repair before they become a big problem.
Repair of leather cushions:
If you can not sew or cover the seat, you can try a leather repair kit. in any car shop. The kit will be delivered with a plastic substance that you color as close to the color of your upholstery. You will have to apply it and let it dry. I do not recommend it for supermarkets. It is usually o.k. for small areas if the color is well matched. The black or white upholstery is the easiest to match.
Repair Vinyl Upholstery Tips:
Do not try to use glue to repair your vinyl! This seems to be an easy solution, but the adhesive in the glue can actually destroy the foam padding under the vinyl. You do not want to create more problems! Instead, simply cut a piece of excess vinyl found under the seat and use an adhesive specifically designed for the vinyl upholstery to patch it. Again, carefully follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the adhesive.
If it is only the piping around the seat that needs to be repaired, use this simple trick: take a match and remove the match. Add some contact cement to one end of the match and work it in the damaged area. Then apply the cement to the other end and work that end of the stick. Fold it as needed. Be sure to let the cement dry completely before using the seat.
Do some research in advance and see if this project to do it yourself is something you think you can do. You do not want this vintage muscle car to look great on the outside and old as dirt inside. With a little work, you can get it in good shape!