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    Leather seats falling apart - suggested temporary fixes

    Unsure this really goes in detailing; but a more appropriate forum didn’t really jump out at me.

    So one of my leather seats is doing this. Seems like a reupholster is the only real fix, but is there something that wouldn’t look absolutely terrible in the meantime? Wondering if they sell any color matched stick on patches or something I could put over this cracking seam - or if there is anything else I could do to “get by” until I can find budget and someone I trust to permanently repair this.

    Any suggestions appreciated - open to anything really.

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    Maybe get a temporary seat cover from Lseat or some other vendor?


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    I would not bother with a temporary fix. My auto upholstery guy can replace individual panels for relatively short money and have it look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot05 View Post
    I would not bother with a temporary fix. My auto upholstery guy can replace individual panels for relatively short money and have it look great.
    Hmm - "individual panels?" I'm not sure what this means - like just specific sections of a seat vs the entire thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomjonesrocks View Post
    Hmm - "individual panels?" I'm not sure what this means - like just specific sections of a seat vs the entire thing?
    Correct. Obviously you'd be concerned about a color match.
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    Sreten has a video relevant to your repair. A good upholsterer should be able to stitch it back for you, but yeah as others mentioned colour matching of the leather will be the trickiest bit:

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    Quote Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
    Correct. Obviously you'd be concerned about a color match.
    Yeah a good auto upholster shop will take the leather off the seat and replace individual panels as needed. A good one won't have trouble matching it up.

    The shop should be able to rebuild foam too as needed.

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    Huh. Chatted with a bunch of upholstery shops and one with excellent reviews can replace the panel for $200. At the moment that’s tempting. So that suggestion was something I didn’t know was possible.

    I might start collecting good condition Natural Brown materials that I see in good condition. There aren’t that many cars in this color which limits both supply and demand - but replacing the full covers in this color doesn’t look easy…
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