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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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leather repair....need feedback

OK, so I have the Mustang seat and it is in great shape (or was).

I did a bonehead thing and wound up melting a quarter sized area of the seat. I am looking to seal it up to keep water from soaking into the foam and keep it from tearing open. the backing is still in tact, but the leather (or vinyl) is "melted" so I was thinking of using the 3M Leather/vinyl repair kit.

Has anyone used these repair kits, and what advise can you give before I do the repair.
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I've used one before on an armrest. It worked pretty well, but if it's exposed to extremes it gets kinda brittle.

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From my experience, the repair will always stand out and I am not sure you would be content with the results due to the fact that your machine is super clean all the way. If you could make a template of the pieces needed and then cut them out possibly you could have some one with an industrial sewing machine such as the guy that did your saddlebags stitch it together and then put it on yourself. A heat gun and a spray bottle filled with water will put it right back in place and you can anchor it yourself underneath with an industrial strength heat glue. I redid the center console lid in my daughter's old Explorer several years ago and it has held up to a lot of abuse since without any problems. Having seen some of your other work on the bike I am positive you could handle that without a problem.

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thanks for that Tom, and yes you know how I like to have a clean looking bike....so it may come to that if the repair looks like crap.

The area is not very noticeable, and I don't think it would stand out.
Since the seat is black, I assume the color should be easy to match.

@Jakzen - I didn't consider that the repair may become brittle in time. If that is the case, can it be reworked later?
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I would try to place a piece of vinyl inside, under the edges, so the repair material doesn't bond directly to the foam. That should let it flex some also.

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I too have used the repair kits but the best option if its available to you would be to recover the seat if your wanting a flawless look
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I too have used the repair kits but the best option if its available to you would be to recover the seat if your wanting a flawless look
I would look at going this rout. The interior Restoration guy in my area charged my brother 50 bucks to redo his GXR seat last week. Got it done in custom leather too instead of the crappy vinyl.
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Some leather shops do seats on the side.my local one does.Kc you'd be happier in the long run as your bike is really clean and a repair would stick out.but would work as a temporary fix

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just get wolfie to recover it with denim lol

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just get wolfie to recover it with denim lol
Lol how about flannel?

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