It contains your cup holders and houses the central storage unit, so just imagine the kind of beating your center console goes through each and every day. The situation can even be worse on a truck center console, especially if the ride is used as a workhorse. Don't be surprised if one day, you'll just discover a tear on this part of your ride. When this happens, you'd better have the tear fixed as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse.
The process in fixing torn consoles largely depends on the type of material these components are made of. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you repair that unsightly tear on your vehicle's console:
What you'll need:
- Cotton swab
- Fine-grain sandpaper
- Patch material
- A piece of leather
- Repair color
- Grain patch matching the texture and color of the vinyl
- Sewing needle
Instructions for cloth consoles:
Step 1: Choose a thread that closely matches the color of the fabric used in your console and thread the needle. Make sure to tie a knot at the end of the thread.
Step 2: Start sewing from one end of the tear and from the inside portion of the fabric. This way, the knot will be concealed on the console's inside part.
Step 3: Sew the tear shut. Make sure the stitches are close together and are hidden from view. Close the tear completely by pulling the thread tightly.
Step 4: As soon as you reach the other end of the tear, run the needle through the thread's final loop to lock the stitches. And finally, cut the end of the thread that's closest to the fabric.
Instructions for leather consoles:
Step 1: Clean the damaged area using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. This will get rid of any kind of dirt and oil in the area.
Step 2: With fine-grain sandpaper, lightly scuff the affected area to make the patch stick better.
Step 3: Cut the patch in a size that's enough to cover the tear. Glue it to the underside of the leather, on the console's inside portion.
Step 4: Cut a piece of leather and use it to cover the tear. Glue the leather into place.
Step 5: Mix the repair color that matches your ride's interior. Apply it over the tear and fill in the entire console. Let it dry completely.
Instructions for vinyl consoles:
Step 1: With a cotton swab dipped in alcohol, wipe away dirt and oil around the affected area.
Step 2: Get the patch material and cut it just enough to extend beyond the edges of the tear. Place it underneath the vinyl and fasten it with adhesive. If you see a part of the patch through the tear, don't mind it.
Step 3: Mix the repair color that suits the color and finish of your vehicle's interior. Using a paint brush, apply the repair color onto the area around the tear.
Step 4: Get the grain patch that goes well with the grain of the vinyl your console is made of, and place it over the repair color.
Step 5: Hold the patch in place by putting a heavy object over it. Wait for at least three to four hours to allow everything to dry. Once the paint has dried, remove the grain patch. You can also repaint the area with watered-down repair color to make it blend well into the surrounding vinyl.