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From Auto Decals to Car Wrap: Creative Vinyl Car Wrap Strategies

Have you ever considered using your vehicle as a way to advertise your business? If so, you probably have heard of car decal, vehicle decal, car wrap, and vehicle wrap. How do you choose the right option for you? Whether you have a truck, SUV, Scion, trailer, van or Mini Cooper you have many options for using your vehicle for effectively advertising your business. Our auto paint protection kits are a great way for you to ensure that your vehicle’s paint and body stays unblemished, even when you find yourself putting your vehicle through a lot of use.

Vinyl Car Wrap vs. Car Decal

A car wrap uses similar vinyl material to a car decal, only a car decal material does not require material that can cover the complex curves of an entire car. Car decals typically cover a very small area on the car, similar to a car magnet. Whereas with a wrap, you can cover any part of the vehicle, including bumpers, the hood, and other curved areas. Car wrap material has a grey backed adhesive that has air egress channels that allow for air bubbles to be immediately smoothed out creating a sheer painted look to the car wrap – especially when a gloss finish is chosen. The vinyl car wrap material can be heated around the bumpers and complex curves of the vehicle to cover the entire surface area. Your clients will never know it’s not a paint job. You will though, when you go to re-sell the vehicle and all you have to do is have the wrap removed to reveal the manufacturer’s paint job underneath, preserving the resale value of the car.

A vinyl car decal or magnet will not last as long as a vinyl car wrap for a few reasons:

1) Magnets can fly off the car, fade, or be stolen

2) The decals are typically printed on a cheap vinyl material that lasts up to one year to keep costs down

And of course the major difference is in the perception of your brand… are you the leader, or are you just another small, one-person business?

Vinyl Car Wrap Vs. Partial Vinyl Car Wrap Vs. Car decal

The vinyl car wrap looks like a professional business that can be relied upon, that will be there in a few years in case you need them. If you have confidence in your business, a vinyl car wrap is the best way of projecting this confidence out to your clients. Show them how professional you are and what you can do for them. Tell them you are here to stay. Nobody looks at car decals or magnets anymore. They are like bumper stickers. Nobody cares. They think the person driving the car is a small one-person shop that is trying to make money on the side. Don’t be mistaken for that! Put your business up a notch by crafting your image professionally with a creative car wrap.

The price difference between a decal and a vinyl wrap is definitely there. A pair of car decals are probably in the range of $120 vs. a wrap which run from $2500 – $3500 depending on the make, model and year of the car. If you have invested in other areas of your company, don’t skimp on one of the most public images of your business – your car, that is driving around in front of your customers every day. A vehicle wrap lasts for 5 years, which amortizes down to about $55/month in advertising costs, the most cost effective form of advertising available today to get in front of 30,000 – 70,000 people daily. Where else could you spend $.15 per 1,000 views? Nowhere.

Car wrap advertising creates a client experience, turns heads, brings eyeballs to your brand. It sells you by simply being there while you drive. All you need is a creative vehicle design, a car, and a drive to be the most recalled brand in your market. When a potential customer sees your vinyl car wrap, they should take away three things within the first 3 seconds of viewing:

1) What you do

2) Visual imagery of the results of what you do

3) Contact information/Call to action takeaway

Devil is in the Design

A well-designed partial wrap on a solid base color vehicle can be just as effective as a full vinyl car wrap if designed properly to integrate with the base color of the vehicle. This only truly works on black vehicles because all other colors are very difficult to match through digital printing.

Targeted Parking

Think about it. Want to target your potential clients? Look up events where your ideal demographic goes, and park in front of the event, and put your information in a holder attached to the car. Targeting women with children? Park at a childcare facility. Targeting people who love soccer? Park at soccer tournaments. Construction companies? Park at Home Depot. You see where I am going with this?

Create your own parade for your brand, everywhere you go. It’s a rolling billboard telling the world you are the best in class in your business.

What other form of media can you drive up to your customer?

Bottom Line:

You could be creating brand confidence by putting a full-coverage vinyl car wrap on your vehicle converting it into a billboard on wheels.

Vinyl car wrap advertising boosts name recognition 15 times greater than any other form of advertising.

http://www.crankycreative.com Barbra Bannon is a nationally renowned alternative marketing and branding guru. As the Chief Creative Enthusiast at Cranky Creative Group, an alternative brand promotions company, she leads a group of cutting edge designers, project managers, creative counselors, and graphics installers to continually push the edge of branding possibilities on any surface imaginable.

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Get Your Cocktail Party Planning Into High Gear To Introduce a Special Friend to Others

Cocktail parties are the perfect answer when interesting people and conversation, mingling, good food and drink are your party planning objectives. Clever cocktail party planning can achieve all of these with some good planning and a little effort.

Some of the critical secrets to great cocktail party planning are:

Invite interesting people who like to mingle and talk.
Stage your food and drink so people need and want to move around.
Plan 6-8 really tasty, but easy to eat, canapés.
Engage your guests in the party and with other guests through a fun ice breaker.

The Guests are the Key Ingredient

Cocktail parties are the ideal avenue in which to introduce new people to a group of others. Choosing the right guests is critical however. If you want to introduce a friend from out of town, your boss, an important client, or even your new love to people you want them to know, consider these points:

Invite guests who like to talk and have something interesting to say.
Don’t invite guests who tend to incite arguments or unnecessarily heated debates.
Let your guests know a little about your special guest in advance.
If it is important for your special guest to meet and mingle with specific people, let them know and be sure they get introduced to each other.
Keep your eye on your special guest throughout the evening.
Consider asking a trusted and close friend to be a “shadow” to your special guest. If they wind up alone or with an empty glass, they can help.
Send out invitations at least three weeks in advance, if possible, and get commitments from people that they will be attending. This may take some phone calling. But…it’s critical for your cocktail party planning process, and more importantly, for the mix and mingle factor so important to a great cocktail party.
You want to invite enough people to make your house feel full, but not stuffed.

Mix and Mingle Logistics

Great cocktail party planning allows and encourages guests to move around and meet new people. Staging your food and drink strategically can help this. Place your food and drinks around the party area so they are easy to get to and require people to seek out the goodies you have prepared… and other people.

Wine and wine glasses can be place on a sideboard. Punch or a specialty drink can be served from a dining table or side buffet. Soft drinks, ice, liquor, and garnishes need to be near the kitchen. Be sure to have lots of beverage napkins wherever you have food or drink also.

Place small plates of nuts and candy around the house. Use your cocktail table for two of your canapés. Place the other canapés in places where you want your guests to wander – a living room end table, the dining table, on a porch, poolside, or on the balcony. If you have a kitchen pass-through or an open counter between the kitchen and the living area, that’s ideal for a hot canapé that will need replenishing.

A logistic plan like this will keep the party and the party goers moving and mixing. Another tip to save your furniture and make it easy on your guests is to place coasters around the house. They make it easy to set down a glass and get a tasty mouthful.

If you plan to have hired help, first get a bartender. You’ll need one for about every 50 guests. If you choose to have servers also, have them remove dirty napkins, canapé plates (if you use them,) and empty glasses. If your home or apartment is going to be a tight squeeze with all of your guests, consider having the canapés passed by the servers. This will reduce mixing and mingling however.

Tasty Canapés are a Hit

6-8 really special canapés are better than a table loaded down with chips, dips, and hard to handle munchies. Choose a variety of ingredients and make sure they can be picked up with one hand and eaten in one or two bites. Serve some hot and some cold. Plan for 10-12 canapés per guest. Here are some suggestions:

Hot canapés

  • Bacon wrapped scallops with a sherry and teriyaki marinade
  • Ramaki – broiled bacon wrapped chicken livers and water chestnuts
  • Brie bites toasted on savory crackers and topped with a dollop of preserves
  • Mini skewers with one chicken chunk and a piece of pineapple
  • Crab dip in mini cream puffs
  • Cheddar spread on toast rounds topped with mango chutney and crisp bacon bits broiled until the cheese is warm and a little bubbly
  • Mini quiche or savory tarts
  • Broiled blue cheese stuffed button mushrooms
  • Garlic mashed potatoes topped with parmesan and toasted hazelnuts served in individual spoons.

Cold canapés

Chilled cocktail shrimp with zesty horseradish mayonnaise dip
Savory finger sandwiches of egg, salmon, chicken, lobster, and shrimp salads
Fresh fruit kabobs on bamboo toothpicks – no more than three small colorful pieces of fruit on each.
Devilled eggs topped with petite shrimp
Peanut butter on savory crackers topped with dill pickle relish
Boiled and chilled half baby red potatoes topped with sour cream, caviar, and a light splash of good vodka. (Be sure to cook the potatoes in salty water)
Pickles, olives, and pickled vegetables (green beans, cauliflower, asparagus tips, mushrooms)
Sushi
Shot glasses of gazpacho topped with a piece of crab meat

Food ideas are endless. Just remember they need to be able to be eaten with one hand and in 1-2 bites and your guests will gobble them up!

A Fun and Not too Hokey Ice Breaker

Write an interesting fact about each of your guests on a self adhesive sticker. Leave the backing on the sticker and as each guest arrives give them a sticker with a fact about someone else on it. Ask each guest to seek out during the party the individual the sticker belongs to. Once they find the individual the sticker describes, they should hand over the sticker so he or she can place the sticker on themselves where others can see it.

This gives each guest a reason to seek out people they might not know, to mix and mingle, and once a sticker is displayed on a guest it gives everyone something to discuss with that individual when they meet them.

Here are some ideas about the kinds of interesting facts that will spark conversation:

  • Just returned from a trip to China
  • Won a sporting event recently
  • Has a new baby
  • Just changed jobs
  • Is moving to a new city
  • Wrote a book and got it published
  • Is a professional singer/dancer/musician
  • Ran a marathon in the last year
  • Has a vintage car
  • Loves live concerts
  • Collects coins/stamps/recipes

These are all somewhat gender neutral and “safe” topics to discuss with a new acquaintance. The idea is to give two people who may not know each other something interesting to talk about and have some fun with it.

Try a few of these ideas and you will accomplish your cocktail party planning objectives. You and your guests will all have a fun and memorable evening to remember. They may have a new friend or two also!

E. Ann Hill is a successful party planning expert and hospitality professional with many years of personal and professional party and event planning experience.

She has planned parties for a broad spectrum of guests and clients – from family and friends to national and international dignitaries.

She loves to entertain and wants to share the easy and challenging lessons she has learned with eager novice and seasoned hosts. Her goal is to instill the #1 objective for entertaining – the host should enjoy planning the party and the party itself as much as his or her guests.

Ann has recently completed a new book on party planning. It will soon be available on her web-site and is titled, “Seven Party Planning Secrets That Will WOW Your Guests – and Are Easy on You and Your Wallet.” Check back soon at [http://PartyPlanningEasyAs123.com/party-planning-information/] to get your own copy.

Check out other articles on her site for more party planning information.

And be sure to sign up for the FREE entertaining, easy-to-follow and implement Planning Fun and Memorable Parties Mini-course on her web-site. Discover how amazingly easy it is to plan for and host parties that are fun for both your guests…and you!

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What to Know About Car Covers

Car covers provide a great means for protecting your prized possession. I will explain here car cover pros and cons, as well as describe the primary types of covers and fabrics. Car paint protection is a great way to maintain your vehicle’s prime condition, preventing scratches, chips, fading, rusting, and dings from road debris, rocks, and pebbles.

DO YOU NEED A COVER?

If you store your car outside, the advantage of having a car cover can easily be seen. A cover will protect your car’s paint finish and interior from harmful ultraviolet rays. It will also protect the paint from the acidity of bird droppings that can quickly eat through the finish. Tree sap, leaves, and other pollutants also can stain or even ruin the paint. To repair the damage can be very time consuming, and possibly very expensive, depending on the extent.

If you store your car indoors, a cover will provide protection against dust and minor abrasions from foot traffic. Thicker and heavier fabrics generally provide better abrasion resistance. Delicate paint finishes are best protected by cotton fabrics, although there are some synthetic materials that can provide similar softness characteristics.

SO MANY FABRICS – SO FEW CARS!

The variety and array of cover fabrics can confound even an experienced textile professional. Listed below is a brief description of the three general categories used in manufacturing substrates with pros and cons.

WOVEN

Woven fabrics are stronger (greater tear strength) and more durable than bonded or non-woven fabrics. These fabrics are manufactured on high speed looms with yarns that run both vertically and horizontally. The yarn size and density (count) can vary depending on the fabric design and specifications. Woven fabrics usually fold and store compactly. They can be comprised of natural or man-made fibers that are often coated or treated for mildew, water and ultraviolet light protection.

NON-WOVEN

These fabrics are usually comprised of polymer fibers (polyolefins) that are compressed together under high heat or with adhesives. These fabrics are usually thicker than wovens and warp knits but offer less tear strength and durability. The added thickness can provide excellent abrasion resistance. However, the additional bulk can prove to be more cumbersome. The properties inherent in these fabrics usually provide good to excellent water, mildew and ultraviolet light protection.

WARP KNITS

Warp knit fabrics are manufactured on flat knitting machines that can resemble looms used for weaving. The fabrics are usually comprised of polyester or nylon yarns that run the length of the fabric to form interlocking loops. The yarn size and density (count) can vary depending on the fabric design and specifications. Warp knit fabrics usually fold and store compactly. They have excellent tear strength as well as water, mildew, and ultraviolet light resistance.

A FEW CAVEATS AND PRACTICAL TIPS

There are some things that need to be considered before purchasing a car cover. For example, most outdoor covers will repel a considerable amount of rain but will not keep the car completely dry. A cover must be breathable to allow the paintwork to breathe properly. If the cover material is not breathable, it can suffocate the paint which will cause it to discolor or possibly peel. Since air is able to pass through the cover, it is likely that water will eventually also work its way through the fabric to the paint. Even if it does not, during rapid temperature changes, condensation will form on the paintwork. However, a breathable cover material will allow the condensation or any rain water to evaporate, preventing damage to the paintwork.

Even the best outdoor cover is no substitute for a garage; however, a quality well fitted cover can protect a vehicle from the elements adding many years of life to the paintwork/convertible top and interior. Routine maintenance is also made much easier with the regular use of a cover.

If you will be removing your cover shortly after/during a rain storm, be prepared to deal with a very wet cover – some fabrics will retain much more water than others. If you do not have a place to let the cover dry, place it in a large bin or plastic bag until the weather conditions become more favorable. Allow the cover to air dry as soon as possible.

During winter months, if water forms on the paint surface and the temperature suddenly drops, the cover may freeze to the car. Allow time for the sun or rising temperatures to loosen the material before removing the cover.

Indoors, a cover can provide needed protection by diverting wandering eyes in public garages or preventing minor scrapes or scratches in private residences. Fabrics made from 100% cotton provide the ultimate in softness and protection for indoor use. Polyester/cotton blends, and some synthetic fabrics, can also provide excellent indoor protection while being suitable for occasional outdoor use.

Car covers can typically be washed in a home washing machine. More bulky covers should be washed in a commercial machine. Always wash in cold water with mild soap. Hot water and strong detergents can shrink and damage most covers. Additionally, a cover should always be hung to air dry. The high heat from a home or commercial dryer will damage most covers.

HOW TO PURCHASE A COVER

There are several variables to consider before making your selection
including:

Your Budget – This may limit your choices. For example, universal covers can provide good to excellent protection on a limited budget provided one is selected that fits properly. (An outdoor cover that is too loose can cause damage from the excess material flapping against the paint in the wind.) On the other end of the spectrum, some high-end
custom covers are made with soft, durable fabrics that provide an excellent fit with superior protection.

Indoor Or Outdoor Storage — Outdoor cover fabrics typically have water and ultraviolet light protection which makes them ideally suited toward harsh outdoor conditions. Although indoor cover fabrics are often safe for occasional outdoor use, their exposure should be limited.

Fabric Selection — Once you have determined your budget and identified how and where the cover will be used, it is time to select a fabric type. When phoning/visiting a retailer or manufacturer ask for fabric samples. There is no better way to compare fabrics than to see and feel them. Additionally, this will eliminate any questions or concerns regarding the quality and weight of the fabric to be purchased.

Although the purchase of a quality cover will require some preparation and fact finding, a properly selected cover can provide years of hassle free protection for your vehicle. It will reduce the amount of time needed for exterior maintenance, extend the life of the paint and trim components, as well as enhance the overall appearance of the vehicle.

Author:
Michael Trueba Jr
President
MPT Industries
Auto Chic
Phone: 973-989-9220
E-mail: mtrueba@mptindustries.com

Michael Trueba Jr has been president of MPT Industries, a manufacturer of custom vehicle covers and specialty lubricants, for over 20 years. Michael has over 25 years expenerince with textiles in a variety of industries and has performed undergraduate studies in Textile Technology and Textile and Apparel Marketing, as well as graduate studies in Finance.

E-mail: mtrueba@mptidustries.com
Web: http://www.mptindustries.com

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How to Protect Against Corrosion – Powder Coatings

The Short History of Powder Coatings

The essential feature of powder coatings is that the paint is applied in a dry state onto the object. The paint powder is then melted onto the product by putting the product into an oven. Protect your new car’s critical areas against scratches due to road debris, rock chips, bugs and sale with invisible durable urethane paint protection film.

Powder coatings are a postwar invention, when plastics became more sophisti-cated. The powder coating process was patented in 1953 by Dr. Erwin Gemmer.

Until 1965 powder coatings have been only used for functional applications (not aesthetical), where it was applied a layer thickness of 150 to 500 microns. The used powders then were mainly Nylon 11, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB), Polyethylene, (chlorinated) polyester and thermo curing Epoxies.

Powder coatings process at that time were mostly used for coating boat accessories, metal furniture, dishwasher and washing machine baskets. The process technique to apply powder coatings at that time is called the fluidized bed technology.

The very high layer thicknesses that were the result of the fluidized bed process, were not desirable for many applications. In general counts that the higher the layer thickness, the less smooth the surface texture becomes.

In the US some companies started in the early 70’s to experiment with applying powder coatings by using the now commonly used electrostatic powder gun.

Development of Powder Coatings

Powder coatings give better protection against corrosion than wetpaints. Wetpaints are mainly used when slickness (smoothness) of the surface structure is more important than corrosion and scratch resistance, like for example in cars. Powder coatings are technically superior to wetpaints except in surface smoothness.

Since the slickness of car bodies is one of the most important properties to be regarded as desirable, they are still wetpainted. Otherwise they also they would have been started to powder coat bodies long time ago.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s there were four basic types of thermal curing resins developed that are still used today. These are: Epoxy, Epoxy-Polyester hybrids, Polyurethane and Polyester (TGIC) resins. Since a few years also TGIC-free Polyester coatings are available.

The number of powder coating plants in the world grew fast since the early 70’s. The electrostatic powder coating process took over the environmentally harmful and labor-intensive wetpaintings.

Only in the early 80’s more commercial applications of powder coatings started to emerge, because the equipment began to drop in price and the initial limited choice of color and shine started to expand rapidly. Thereafter, the growth rate went explosively, and the technique began to displace the traditional spraying on most applications.

Applications of Powder Coatings

  • Steel structures,
  • Aluminum frames, windows and doors,
  • Office furniture,
  • Steel fencing,
  • Light fictures,
  • Car bodies and parts,
  • Agricultural machinery,
  • Radiators,
  • Bicycles,
  • Etcetera.

Different Types of Powder Coatings

  • Epoxies
  • Polyesters
  • Epoxy-polyesters
  • Acrylics
  • Polyurethane
  • Epoxy coatings are often used in two-layer system to protect heavy duty steel beams like on the adjacent photograph.

As replacement of the environment unfriendly dip galvanizing, there are nowadays highly advanced Sink-Epoxy powder coatings available. When processed properly in a duplex system, these systems can give up at least 20 to 30 years protection against corrosion.

The Principle of Electrostatic Powder Coating

The essence of powder coating is that tiny solid paint parts are charged in a magnetic field.

By charging the solid powder particles, via the gun, and grounding the metal object, arises a magnetic field between the powder and the object. As soon as the powder particles have left the gun, they start moving towards the grounded product.

The powder particles follow during their travel between the gun and the object the so called (magnetic) field lines. After passing through the magnetic field, the powder particles end up on the product, and adhere at the place where the field lines end, like a magnet on a steel object.

At locations where field lines are weak, there will group also less powder particles.

Composition of Powder Coatings

  • Binder
  • Pigment
  • Filler
  • Hardener
  • Additives

By varying the type of raw material and the proportions, the properties of the coating can be influenced.

  • Main Properties of Powder Coatings
  • Structure Powders
  • Degassing powders
  • Metallics
  • Thin layer Powders
  • Low bake powders (low temperature)

The Faraday Cage Effect

One of the most occurring problems during the application of powder coatings with Corona guns is caused by the Faraday cage effect, because this technique uses an active electrical technique. A problem that the so called Tribo guns don’t have.

In the Corona technique not all the field lines are everywhere equal on the grounded product. Most field lines pinpoint on the outer corners of the product. On the flat surfaces are fewer field lines, and in cavities are the least field lines.

As a result most of the powder will gather on the corners and on sharp edges, and is it often difficult to inject the powder in small cavities.

Corona Versus Tribo

The adjacent picture shows the different results between the Corona and Tribo techniques. The left sample shows the result with the most commonly used Corona gun. And the right shows the result with the Tribo gun.

The Tribo technique has less problems with the Faraday cage effect, because the powder particles are statically charged in the gun itself, and doesn’t use the active charge that the Corona technique uses. But due to a few major disadvantages of the Tribo guns, like lower spray capacity and longer cleaning time during color change, the Corona guns are most used.

By means of the correct settings of equipment, the Faraday cage effect can be reduced, but cannot be avoided completely. Hence, the operator must often squirt manually to fill cavities of objects. Because of this, the production process becomes more labor intensive, and thus more expensive. Therefore, it is now an often well practiced part during the design process, to avoid unnecessary cavities in products, in order to avoid insufficient coverage.

Recovery

An important advantage of powder coating in contrast to liquid coatings, is that the recovered powder can be reused.

The powder particles leaving the cyclone (at the middle on the picture above) at the bottom side are returned to the storage tank. It is often assumed that all of the powder that ends up in the suction is fully recovered. In reality, it is only 80%, sometimes even less. This depends on the type of cyclone, and the condition of the filters in the extraction system.

If the filters are clogged, the air velocity in the cyclone will drop, and this diminishes the recovery power of the cyclone. As a result, larger amount of powder particles are also separated off as waste.

Color Change

The cleaning of the cabin is a very significant efficacy. The quality of the cleaning has much influence on the quality of the final product. In modern installations, the color change procedure can be performed in less than 10 minutes, whereas with older systems sometimes takes up to an hour.

Insufficient cleaning of the booth, the suction tubes or the cyclone leads to color contaminations. Any color contamination leads to rejection at the quality control. Get in touch for keeping your car paint protected from any dents.

Auto Body Repair: How Paintless Dent Removal Works and Benefits

Did you know that the average driver will get into 3 or 4 accidents in their entire lifetime? Most auto collisions will result in dents that may affect not only the structural integrity of the vehicle, but also the overall appearance. While there are many body fillers that can be applied to these dents, most auto shops are recommending a new type of technology: car paint protection. Familiarizing with the process involved with paintless dent removal and the benefits that it can offer can help you better determine whether you should give this new method or a try or resort to traditional body fillers.

How Does Paintless Dent Removal Work?

Paintless dent removal does not rely on paint nor body fillers. The process is simple. The mechanics will take the car apart, and gently massage the dents back into place using specialized tool and equipment. The exterior shell will be pushed back to its original position, so that the dent will no longer be noticeable.

Professionals who are skilled at paintless dent removal will be able to massage the shell back into position so well that the original dent is almost impossible to notice. Paintless dent removal is suitable for both aluminum and steel surfaces.

In order to implement paintless dent removal, the dent must be located on the exterior shell of the automobile, and must be accessible. There are several situations when paintless dent removal is not recommended. These situations include:

when the dents are less than 1 inch away from the edges of the doors, hoods, and parts.

when the dented region also has scratched or chipped paint.

when the dents are not accessible from the backside of the vehicle. For example, even if you were to take the car apart, you would not be able to access the protruding side of the dent.

when the dent is located on fuel doors.

when the dent is located on either metal or chrome bumpers.

What Are Some Advantages That Paintless Dent Removal Over Body Fillers?

Using body fillers to fill in the dent can be rather difficult. Mechanics will first need to prepare the area that has been dented before applying the fillers and polishing them until they are able to get the right shape. In comparison, paintless dent removal appears to be a lot simpler and easier. Paintless dent removal can offer several benefits over using body fillers. These advantages include:

not having to use any paint at all. If you have to repaint the vehicle, then you run the risk of not having the paint colors match up. This will no longer be a problem with paintless dent removal.

cost efficiency. In comparison to body fillers, paintless dent removal is a lot cheaper. The process is simpler, and the auto shops spend a considerable less amount of money purchasing materials.

being able to retain the original parts of the vehicle. This helps maintain overall structural integrity.

maintaining the market value of the vehicle. A vehicle with its original paint will retain a higher value than a repainted vehicle.

time efficiency. Paintless dent removal typically takes less time to complete than applying body fillers. Body fillers need to be cured, and this can take a long time, especially when auto shops will need to sand, polish and repaint the affected area.

Conclusion

Paintless dent removal has been highly recommended by many auto shops. Some auto shops specialize particularly in this procedure. Paintless dent removal also does not add any other materials or parts onto your car, and the dents and dings can be repaired without even a noticeable trace. In fact, ask a used car dealer to show you a vehicle that has been repaired in this way. You won’t even notice the repairs. Still not contented with the car paint protection of your car, why not get in touch with us.

How to Remove Paint From Window Glass (Without Scratching)

Window Paint Is Serious Business

I look at windows all day (it’s my job) and my favorites are the stores that paint hearts for Valentine’s day, Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, Basketballs for March Madness and Firecrackers for the 4th of July. We are able to provide signwriters Sydney to all businesses in Australia and our aim is to provide you cost effective signage solutions to help your business.

These seasonal graphics put me in a fun mood to celebrate and often reminds me that I haven’t bought flowers for my wife yet! (Thank you!)

Seasonal topics can be fun. For stores, these painted windows are serious business.

Reminding me to get flowers puts me into a psychological “need mode“, and the advertised deal 20% off on a dozen roses entices me to enter the store and buy them (“action mode“). We all do this every day – no big deal – but what if it’s mid-March and a store still has Valentine’s Day decorations?

Am I supposed to get flowers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? No. Get flowers for my wife so I can watch college basketball? It helps, but probably not necessary.

Now I’m confused.

And I begin to question if this store cares about me. It’s sending the wrong message, and I might be less likely to visit their store because of it.

Serious Business. Subtle, but serious.

Removing Paint is Messy

In response to one of my blog posts “First Impressions Matter…What Does Yours Say? (Nov, 2011)“, I received the following question:

Charles W. from Redondo Beach writes: “My store’s image is very important and we paint our windows to keep up with each holiday and event. We change our windows graphics about 10 – 12 times per year and when we remove the paint it sure is messy. Any tips on how to remove it properly and efficiently – my son Matt really wants to know. Thanks! “

Well Charles, the least messy way to remove paint is to have someone else do it! If you are (or most likely Matt is) going to remove the paint, here are some pointers to remove paint from your windows without scratching the glass and without a big messy clean up job.

The following techniques address commercial storefront windows with standard metal frames.

In future articles I’ll provide information on removing paint, stickers, over spray, etc. from residential windows.

The removal techniques for commercial and residential windows are generally the same. The differences reflect the size and scale of the jobs, plus residential windows requires a lot more detail work since you live with those windows every day.

A Quick Word About Razors

For small paint removal jobs like drips, small lettering and over spray, start by using #0000 fine-grade steel wool.

Fine steel wool is safe, works great and it gets the job done fast.

You can also use a Mini Glass Scraper. They are safe and handy for small clean up jobs and you can get them just about anywhere.

For large jobs, you are going to need a professional grade window scraper / razor or you’ll be there all day and your arm is really going to hurt from overuse.

Using a Razor to Remove Paint From Windows

Warning! Using razors can be dangerous. Do not use a razor without reading the instructions and receiving proper training.

As with any project, it’s important to always start with the right equipment.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bucket of Soapy Water – Dish washing soap works great. Use about as much soap as you would use when doing the dishes in a sink.
  • Professional Grade Window Scraper – Your local hardware store carries many brands, we like the 6-inch Triumph Angled Scraper.
  • Painters Tarp & A Broom – This tarp catches the paint “sheets” and shavings. The broom, well it’s a broom. What do you think it’s for?
  • Window Cleaning Equipment – We recommend using a squeegee, mop and some clean dry towels. Have some #0000 fine steel wool handy too.

Got everything? Ok, let’s get started.

Step #1: Spread the Tarp & Apply Lot’s of Soapy Water

Start by laying down the tarp along the glass. Next, drench the paint and glass with soapy water. Wait about 2-4 minutes and then re-apply more soapy water before proceeding.

Always make sure the window’s surface is slippery or you can scratch the glass. Using lots of soapy water causes the paint to stick together as you scrape instead of flaking off in small pieces.

Step #2: Scrape in a Small, Inconspicuous Area First

Remove a little paint with your scraper to make sure the glass isn’t scratching. If you hear a coarse, gritty sound stop immediately and check your blade – it may be dull or broken. If so, replace it with a new one.

Also, if you see scratches, there may be imperfections in the glass and you should either stop the job or apply even more soapy water and proceed with extreme caution.

Important Note: As you stroke, always push your blade forward and lift it from the glass as you finish and reload for the next one. Scratching may occur if you drag the blade across glass during an unnecessary back stroke.

Step #3: Scrape Around the Window’s Perimeter

Angle your razor 30° – 45° away from window’s frame and remove the paint along the frames. The angle prevents the blade from catching and scratching the frame and caulking.

If the window has been drenched, you’ll notice the paint comes off in big pieces, or “sheets”, as you move across the glass.

Try to keep the “sheet” intact as you finish your stroke and gently put it on the tarp. It’s efficient and much cleaner.

Step #4: Scrape the Rest of the Window

Once the frames are clear, keep your razor’s 30° – 45° angle and use overlapping horizontal or vertical strokes to remove the remaining paint. If the glass/paint is getting dry, use more soapy water – you want big sections of paint to come off as described above.

Some newbies use their blade at a 90° or “right” angle to the paint as they try to “chip” the paint off. Do this and you’ll create flakes and probably break your blades frequently. Using a 30° – 45° angle efficiently “slices” the paint off the glass and reduces flaking.

Tip: If the paint is flaking, apply more soapy water and make sure you are keep the razor’s proper angle as you stroke.

Step #5: Clean the Glass and Clean Your Work Area

You’ve removed most of the paint off but small pieces remain. Re-apply soapy water and use a combination of the Razor and the #0000 fine steel wool to remove what’s left.

Once complete, remove & fold your tarp with the paint “sheets” and flakes, you should have caught about 80% – 90%. Discard the paint appropriately.

Use your mop and squeegee to clean the windows and remove any remaining flakes from the glass.

The remaining 10% – 20% of the paint flakes need to dry on the ground. Attempting to sweep them while wet only rubs them into the ground. It should dry in about 30 minutes.

Do you remember the broom? Good, let’s use it!

Follow these 5 efficient steps and you’ll have paint-free windows with less hassles!

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Razor Safety Tips

As noted above, razors can be dangerous if not used correctly.

Because we use razors during our normal business day, we constantly train our cleaners on how to use a razor properly.

Here are some razor safety rules:

  • All razors are to be inspected prior to each use and at the end of each day.
  • All scrapers are to be carried in a safe manner or put in a safe place.
  • All protective covers must be in place at all times when the razor is not in use.
  • Two cleaners should never work side by side when scraping glass. A safe distance (approximately 5 feet) should be maintained.
  • Razors should be discarded appropriately so no one can come in direct contact with the blade.
  • If at any time a razor is broken it should be discarded in a safe manner immediately.
  • If the protective cover is broken a new properly functioning cover must be provided prior to continued use of the razor.
  • Razors should never be placed in buckets that have water in them or pockets without the protected cover.
  • Razors must be kept away from children at all times.
  • Always place the cover on the razor when not in use.
  • If at any point your razor falls let it drop. Never attempt to catch a falling razor.

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Learn how to detail a car so you don’t end up with a dumpster

When you were a kid, washing the family car required soap, a sponge, and some water. It was approximate at best, a way to kill time on a warm summer evening while earning allowance money. As an adult, you undoubtedly realized keeping a car squeaky-clean demands considerably more effort than your 8-year-old self put in. Car detailing Port Melbourne made it as easy as possible for you to arrange for us to come and work our magic on your vehicle, so that you can once again drive it with pride around the streets of Port Melbourne.

It’s well worth it, though. A clean car is like a clean house: You feel better when you’re in it. Clearing out months (or years) of garbage and dust also makes it easier to sell your ride to a private buyer, or helps you get more for your trade-in at the local dealership. If you’re not sure where to start, read on to learn how to detail a car.

Use the right products

Using the right products will save you time, prevent costly damage to your car, and ultimately yield a much better result. Car cleaning products are available from a wide variety of places. You can buy them at auto parts stores like Auto Zone, at nearly every major grocery store, or online from an endless list of vendors. We recommend picking up a dedicated car-wash product (sorry, but Head and Shoulders won’t cut it), wheel cleaner, rubber cleaner, and wax. Bug and tar remover will come in handy if your car is particularly dirty.

That is just for the exterior. To detail the interior, plan on buying carpet cleaner, glass cleaner, wipes, plus leather or vinyl care products, if applicable. Broadly speaking, there is no need to spend a fortune on high-end products to get a good result. Meguiar’s is a trusted name in the car cleaning business, and it sells a complete car care kit for a little under $60.

You also need basic equipment including a soft sponge (or a lamb’s wool mitt), a chamois, at least one microfiber towel, a sponge to clean the wheels, a bucket, a vacuum cleaner, cotton swabs, and a plastic bag. Finally, set aside a cooler with cold beverages, a playlist with your favorite tunes, and a free afternoon.

Start with the interior

It’s good practice to start with the interior, especially if your car hasn’t been cleaned in a while. The foot wells are likely full of dirt, dust, and other debris that will inevitably settle on the car’s body if they become airborne. Remove the floor mats, and fill your trash bag with the miscellaneous wrappers, empty coffee cups, and receipts that call your center console home.

Vacuum the seats, the floors, and every nook and cranny donut flakes can fit snugly into. If the carpets are clean, great; if they’re not, it’s time to bust out the carpet cleaner. Cleaner wipes work wonders on the dashboard, while cotton swabs coax dust out of small crevasses like the air vents and the space between the buttons on the center console. Slide the front seats all the way back to reveal bonus trash treasures hidden by your car’s first owner. Who knows, you might even find the MP3 player you lost last winter.

It’s a good idea to wash the floor mats, but don’t drop them in the washing machine. The best way to clean floor mats is to pressure wash them, though scrubbing them sometimes does the trick, too. Ensure they’re 100 percent dry before you even think of putting them back in the car. Wet or damp mats could cause mold to grow on the carpet, reducing your car’s resale value to below zero.

The perfect finish

With the interior taken care of, and all of the windows closed, you are ready to turn your attention to the body. Start by washing the dirtiest parts of the car first: The door jambs, the rocker panels, and the wheels. Always use a separate sponge for the wheels. They are covered in brake dust and other residues which you want to keep off the rest of the car. Don’t forget to clean your tires, too.

Hose the car down and wash it from top to bottom, going around it and rinsing the sponge often. Repeat if necessary, especially if you’re dealing with a car covered in mud, dust, or road salt, and rinse it thoroughly. Letting the body air dry will leave nasty watermarks, even if it’s parked in the shade, so use a chamois instead. It’s certainly more time-consuming, but it’s a crucial part of getting the jewel-like finish you’re after. Apply a thin, even coat of wax when the body is completely dry, and use a microfiber towel to remove the wax residue. Now you can put your equipment down, stand back, and admire your new-again car.

Other quick DIY projects

While you’re giving your car a little TLC, consider fixing some of the most common (and easy-to-remedy) maintenance issues. If you haven’t encountered the aggravation of squeaky brakes, you will one day — that’s a promise. Fortunately, there are a few solutions, most of which can be applied in an hour or two. Ever tried changing your oil? If not, you’ll be amazed by how easy the process is; you may even wonder why you’d ever pay someone else to do the job. Speaking of maintenance you probably pay for by default, rotating car tires is an easy, important task that requires minimal tools and time. In the same vein of easy, low-cost fixes, changing spark plugs is a no-hassle solution to rough idling and even cylinder misfiring. Click here for removing the dent of your car.

How to Remove Old Vinyl RV Graphics and Ghost Letters

I do have some helpful tips to share about how to remove old vinyl lettering off an RV, but first I have to mention why we might take the graphics off our mobile headquarters that have been advertising Team Agreda everywhere we’ve been over the past seven plus years… Vehicle signage Sydney are good in small advertising business.

The cat is out of the bag.

The first time those words appeared in this blog, we had just sold our sticks and bricks business and not yet even picked up the brand new 2007 Arctic Fox 245N fifth wheel trailer we purchased with plans to travel the country for a year with Jerry. That rig served us well, very well. But as Rene eluded to in her recent rant about the evolution of our lifestyle, the time had indeed come for another major life upgrade.

So upgrade we did. But more about that to come, much more.

We don’t mean to be so secretive, it’s just that we’ve been pretty busy during this transition—preparing the old rig for trade-in and buying the new one, not to mention certain roadblocks, unexpected upgrades and bit of remodeling I’ll be writing about soon! Suffice it to say, we are pretty damn happy with our new (to us) 2010 Arctic Fox 275B.

But there I go digressing again. Back to that sticky issue of those graphics…

Removing Seven Year Old Vinyl Ghosts

After doing our homework, and finding our perfect next home office on wheels, we wanted to get the best trade-in value for our old rig. The dealer gave us a quote over the phone, with the usual “subject to inspection” disclaimer. Our first thought was that we shouldn’t show up with our websites and taglines plastered all over it with vinyl letters.

But after seven years on the road, we had to remove more than just the vinyl graphics—which are much easier to put on!

Without getting to technical, exposure to the elements causes oxidation of any vehicle coating. This can create a ghosting effect behind any applied graphics. Removal of the graphics reveals the original vehicle color, creating a ghost image of any vinyl that gets removed.

So, here are those tips I promised for removing vinyl lettering, graphic adhesive and ghost images caused by oxidation…

1. Use Heat to Help Release Vinyl

Many people recommend using a rotary vinyl eraser to quickly remove vinyl letters and graphics. After spending much of my previous life in the graphics industry, however, I believe the best tool to remove smaller vinyl letters without damaging the surface below, is your fingernail. Most lettering will peel up with ease once you get under an edge.

Using a hair dryer set on Hot will make the job much easier. Warm each letter for 10-20 seconds first. Pick at an edge enough to pinch the vinyl and start peeling. Keep the heat applied while slowly pulling up and follow the contour of the letter to avoid tearing the vinyl. Maintain a distance of at least a few inches to avoid melting the vinyl or damaging fiberglass beneath, if applicable

2. Use Professional Vinyl Adhesive Remover

Getting the vinyl off is only the first step. The adhesive will still remain. As tempted as you may be to use some industrial strength solvent, do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives. Chemical based solvents are potentially dangerous to use on painted surfaces, can damage fiberglass, and have numerous health hazards.

The best vinyl adhesive remover we found is Rapid Remover by RapidTac. Rapid Remover is a water-soluble non-toxic adhesive remover that works fast! Spray it on the exposed adhesive, wait a few minutes and wipe away the residue with a sponge or plastic squeegee.

Rapid Remover works fast without causing damage to most surfaces. After removing lettering, spray any glue residue with Rapid Remover and let it penetrate for 30-60 seconds. Rub the moistened adhesive with a sponge or rag, then rinse with water and wipe surface clean.

3. Get Rid of Ghost Letters

As I mentioned, vinyl lettering or graphics left on an RV for any extended period of time will leave behind a “ghost sign” image when removed.

You cannot remove these ghosts, since they are actually caused by the oxidation discoloring the area around them. You must remove the oxidation on the vehicle’s surface to match the color beneath the vinyl that has been protecting its surface area from oxidation.

Ghost Off Oxidation Remover does the trick! This product will restore weather-exposed surfaces, eliminating ghost sign images from vehicle surfaces covered by graphics. Just spray Ghost Off onto the oxidized surface, wait about a minute and agitate the area with a soft brush. Rinse from top to bottom and watch the the oxidation flow away.

Depending on how long the lettering has been applied that you are removing, you may need to repeat the application of Ghost Off—we had to do it a few times. That’s why I recommend getting at least a gallon! You may be able to save on other RV Oxidation Removers at Amazon.

Best Tips For Removing RV Vinyl Lettering

I have two final tips for anyone preparing to remove vinyl graphics or lettering from an RV, truck, trailer or boat.

1. Use Elbow Grease.

To avoid damaging the surface, take your time and use some muscle. But don’t be tempted to use abrasive pads or harsh cleanser. You can do it, put you back into it!

2. Don’t Put Vinyl Letters On Your Rig!

Most importantly, to avoid all the costs, effort and time of removing lettering and detailing your RV, the solution is simple.

Do not apply any vinyl graphics in the first place! If we add any lettering to our new rig, believe me, it will be discreet and only be applied to the windows where it can be easily scraped off! Click here for a comfortable way in advertising your business.

How to perform interior cleaning basics

Spectators may admire a car by its style, skin and look, however the car owner — besides passengers from time to time — is the one who see the vehicle’s interior each time he or she drives it. Therefore, keeping the interior of your customers’ cars clean, tidy and aromatic will in turn keep your customers and your bottom line happy. Our guide on starting a car detailing companies covers a quality service for the clients.

To rebel against the dirt and grime wreaking havoc on the inside of their cars, your customers will want to get back that factory feel and look from the outside in.

Interior detailing can range from simple tasks, such as vacuuming the floor mats and carpets, to full detailing which typically includes vinyl cleaning, dressing, carpet shampooing and leather conditioning services.

Interior cleaning serves various purposes:

  • Makes a car more valuable for selling
  • Extends the life of car components such as its seats and dashboard
  • Makes your customers happy, improving satisfaction and profits.

For the purpose of this post, we will discuss a few basic interior cleaning tips sure to help carwashes, whether new or looking to extend their service offerings, target more customers.

Prep tip: Before starting with the actual cleaning, throw away the trash and take out other belongings from the car.

Vacuuming loose dirt

Dirt accumulates inside cars easily, whether driven frequently. The foremost step when it comes to interior cleaning is to vacuum up any loose dirt.

Materials needed: To carry out this step, you’ll need a crevice tool, a bristle-free upholstery attachment and vacuum cleaner.

Step one: If the floor mats in the car are equipped, remove them first and then carefully lift them. Dump off the dust and grit outside the car and beat the mats against a wall.

Step two: It’s now time to vacuum. Attach the bristle-free upholstery add-on to the vacuum hose and run the cleaner on the mats as well as the entire carpeted surface to completely remove the loose dirt. Moreover, run the same set up again over the carpet to agitate it in back and forth strokes with the vacuum attachment. This will loosen the dirt up and remove any debris deeper inside the carpet surface. Don’t forget to vacuum cushions and seat covers, areas around the driver’s pedal under the seats and anywhere else dust and dirt might collect.

Step three: Once all the carpet and fabrics have been swept, vacuum all the edges by placing the crevice tool over the vacuum hose.

Step four: To clean up the vinyl or rubber floors (if the car has any), use soap, water and a stiff-bristled brush. Use the vacuum cleaner to suck or dry the excess water over the rubber floor.

Cleaning plastic and vinyl

Cleaning a car’s vinyl surface is as important as cleaning the floor because it is the greatest restorative difference when it comes to detailing the car’s interior.

Materials needed: At this phase of cleaning, you’ll need a microfiber cloth and a good, but mild, vinyl cleaner.

Step one: Before you begin with the actual cleaning, wipe down all the vinyl and plastic surfaces thoroughly using a clean cloth to eliminate dust buildup.

Step two: Spray some vinyl cleaner onto the cloth, and wipe the plastic and vinyl surface for any stains or spots. Wipe down the dash panels, door panels, steering wheel cover, glove box and central console. Do this until you get a streak-free finish on all the car’s plastic and vinyl surfaces.

Warning: Do not apply vinyl cleaner directly onto the steering wheel because it can cause the wheel to become slippery, which may cause problems when the customer is driving.

Cleaning leather

Many cars are equipped with leather seats; so make sure to adequately clean this surface. Conditioning the leather every six months keeps them moisturized and supple to prevent from cracks and tears.

Materials needed: You’ll need a leather cleaner, leather conditioner and microfiber cloth.

Step one: Damp a clean cloth in some leather cleaner, and wipe all the leather seats (surfaces) thoroughly; then allow them to dry. Make sure you cover all the edges and crevices of the seats while wiping.

Step two: Take a clean cloth again, and apply a small amount of leather conditioner. In a circular motion, wipe down the full surface, and allow it to absorb and dry completely. Sponge or dab the excess conditioner off from the seating surface.

Crystal clear windows

Window/glass cleaning is the last step. This will help you clean any dust, cleaner or conditioner that settles on the windows during the cleaning process. And, for many, this may be the easiest part of the interior cleaning package.

Materials needed: To accomplish an effective window cleaning service, you’ll need a glass cleaner, microfiber cloth and an additional clean towel or cloth.

Step one: Spray a significant amount of glass cleaner onto a clean cloth/towel. However, make sure you don’t spray it directly on the window surface because this may leave spots on your clean vinyl surfaces.

Step two: Wipe the cloth over the window surface in an up-and-down motion, and then in a side-to-side motion. To clean the side windows, rub the cloth inside the surface, and then roll down the window five to six inches.

Step three: Make sure to also clean the window edge. Roll the window down to a few inches, and wipe the edges well using the cloth sprayed with the cleaner. Follow the same process for all windows.

If you feel the window surface is wet, use a separate microfiber cloth to dry them, helping to get a crystal clear window surface.

Finally, after you have finished cleaning the interior, put the floor mats, and any other belongings you put off to the side, back inside the vehicle.

The steps discussed in this blog post are some of the basic interior cleaning services carwashes and detailing centers can provide.

Congratulations! You now have a happy customer who may go tell his or her friends of the good service performed, leading to a stronger customer base and higher profit margins. Need help in detailing your ugly looking car? Click here!

Leather Car Seat Repair: How To Fix And Prevent Tears And Cracks

Many drivers choose vehicles with leather seats for their luxurious look and feel. Taking care of the seats is important for keeping the vehicle’s interior looking nice. This is especially important for drivers who plan to trade in or sell their car later on. If the seats are cared for properly, they will not crack or tear easily. Leather protector is effective in my car seat.

How To Prevent Tears And Cracks In Leather Seats

Can leather cracks be prevented? Can leather tears be prevented? Both types of damages are mostly preventable. It is much less expensive to maintain the seats than it is to fix the leather damage. These tips cover both cosmetic maintenance and helpful advice for what to avoid.

1. Avoid the sun. Use a sun shield on the windshield if the vehicle must sit in the sun. If the side windows and back windshield are not tinted to minimize the sun’s intensity, use window screens or shields after parking the vehicle on sunny days. If the leather car interior is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time, it can crack and the color will fade.

2. Avoid bulky and sharp objects. The easiest way to prevent tears is to be mindful of what goes on the seats. Do not put tools, pet carriers or sharp objects directly on the seats. That also includes sharp or pointed objects in your pockets such as keys. Always put bulky objects in the trunk if possible. When putting any other objects on the seats, place a padded protective blanket over the seat first.

3. Condition and clean seats regularly. It is important to maintain clean seats and condition the leather regularly. Be sure to vacuum the seats first. Always clean seats with a gentle cleaner that is designed for leather interior. Finish the job with a conditioner that is made for leather. The conditioner will help the clean seats keep their pliability and will prevent cracks and signs of wear.

How To Fix Tears And Cracks In Leather Seats

Can leather cracks be fixed? Can leather tears be repaired? The answer is yes. Guests, pets or children may tear the seats at some point. When a tear or crack happens, it is important to repair it quickly to protect the inner part of the seat. Use these tips for proper leather car seat repair.

Car Leather Repair – What You Will Need:

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Mild sandpaper
  • Auto leather repair kit

If the leather is cracked, it can be fixed with a car leather repair or leather patch kit. This type of kit is inexpensive. Make sure it includes a leather dye that matches the color of the leather car interior. Start by cleaning the seat with warm water that is mixed with mild dish soap. Rinse out the cleaning cloth as necessary. After rinsing the rag well, use it to rub denatured alcohol on the cracked areas. Wipe the areas dry with a microfiber cloth.

When the leather is dry, gently sand the cracked areas away with the sandpaper. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the seats dry again. Next, open the auto leather repair kit. Read the instructions carefully to understand how to use the contents of the package. Open the liquid leather sealant product. Use it to smooth out the cracks according to the instructions. Apply the leather dye carefully to the affected areas until it matches the rest of the seat. Let the seats dry completely before using them again. Unless the vehicle is in a clean and closed garage, it is best to keep the windows rolled up while the seats are drying to avoid debris entering the car.

Fixing Leather Car Interior Tears

What You Will Need

  • Matching leather thread
  • Leather needle
  • Thimble
  • Sharp scissors
  • A strip of matching leather
  • Leather putty
  • Matching leather dye

Aside from replacing the seats, there is no way to repair gashes or tears in the leather that make it look flawless. However, there are two ways to repair tears that will protect the part of the seat beneath the leather and minimize the unattractiveness of a large tear. The torn edges can be stitched together or a piece of leather can be placed over or below them and attached to the torn edges.

To repair the tear by stitching the torn edges together, start by cutting away any threads that are loose with scissors. Thread the needle and put it on the underside of one torn leather edge. Loop it over the other side and pull the needle back through the thread loop to create a strong knot. Push the needle with a thimble. Carefully stitch the leather in even and small stitches to minimize the appearance of the thread. After finishing, tie the knot off on the underside of the leather.

For the leather strip insert option, cut away any loose threads on the torn edges first. Place the leather strip under or over the tear. It is best to place it under the seat’s leather. Use the stitching method above to create and finish knots. Stitch carefully using small stitches for an even look. It is also possible to use liquid leather adhesive instead of a needle and thread. If there are gaps after finishing, fill them in with leather putty. Paint the leather with dye if necessary to make it match the seats.

To use adhesive as an alternative, place the leather pieces underneath the tears and position them properly. Brush the liquid adhesive around the edges of the tears and press them into the leather strip. Smooth out any rough surfaces with sandpaper, wipe the residue away with a wet cloth and dry the seat with a microfiber cloth. If there are gaps, fill them in with leather putty. Apply leather dye to the affected areas if necessary.

Fixing Leather Car Interior Holes

Another important topic of leather car seat repair is fixing holes in the leather. These can happen from punctures or cigarette burns. This type of leather car seat repair is much simpler than fixing cracks or tears. Use either a small piece of leather as a patch for bigger holes or liquid leather for very small holes. For the patch method of leather car seat repair, find a piece of leather that matches the seat. Cut a small piece to fit over the hole. Use leather adhesive to attach it. Let it dry for several hours before sitting on it or placing any items on the seat.

For the liquid auto leather repair method, buy a liquid leather product. Look for matching leather dye to use afterward. Follow the instructions to apply the product. Wait for it to dry before applying the auto leather dye. Clean seats thoroughly and apply conditioner when finished.

Can leather damage be fixed? It absolutely is possible to fix leather but there are some limitations. When the tears and damages are too severe for DIY methods, it is time to look for professional leather car seat repair or for a replacement seat. Contact us for car leather restoration.