The seat of your vehicle can only be as comfortable as it can be if it has a firm, soft cushion. Now, when this cushion gets old, it can lose its firmness and may sag. Worse, the seat cushion may start to tear apart, forming rough or uneven spots. With a worn-out cushion, the seat may fail to support your back and other parts of the body. This can lead to aches and pains and utter discomfort. Fortunately, the holes, tears, and slices on the fabric of the seat can be repaired using an upholstery kit or some items that can be purchased separately. If the damage is too bad or too hard to fix, then the better option would be to replace the cushion. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you with the fixes:
Changing the seat cushion
Step 1: Make a measurement of the foam seat. Take note of its dimensions such as the height, length, and width, as well as the shape and size.
Step 2: Place an order for a new foam cushion. To get the right replacement, you'll need to indicate the size, shape, and dimensions of the car seat. You should also include other important details.
Step 3: Check the seat cushion to see what kind of fasteners are used and how the seat cover is secured over the foam insert, whether velcro, buttons, or snaps are used. You have to undo, unlock, or remove the fasteners used. You may use needle-nosed pliers to loosen them up or a slotted screwdriver to pry them open. The vehicle's service guide can give you the necessary details about the car seat, such as the fasteners used, features, and other components.
Step 4: Take off the foam cushion so that you can put in a new one. The new seat cushion should fill in the seat cover evenly.
Step 5: Change all the fasteners and tighten them well.
Fixing tears and holes on the car seat
Step 1: Check the car seat. Know the type of material used, whether it's vinyl, leather, or woven fabric, and look for damage on the car seat such as holes or tears.
Step 2: Sew the tears and holes. Use a strong thread to keep it together. To close the gap, use an X stitch.
Step 3: Put some upholstery gel on the stitch if the material used is leather or vinyl. Let the gel dry until the stitching is already firm.
Step 4: Apply sealing gel to fix the holes in the fabric. Be sure that the tint of the gel matches that of the fabric. To apply the gel evenly, use a tool with a flat surface or any item that can be used to evenly spread the gel.
Step 5: Use a fabric patch for larger slices and tears. This should cut according to the size and shape of the damaged portion of the upholstery or car seat. Use upholstery gel and apply this on the patch's underside and let the adhesive stick. This technique is done on gashes or tears that are quite large, something that a stitch may not fix completely.
After replacing the seat cushion and fixing the tears on the seat, be sure you take good care of the said part so that you won't have to do any DIY fix anytime soon.