Car covers are meant to cover cars from extreme elements of the weather or other elements such as dirt. Whenever a car is not in use for a long time, you can use a car cover to prevent snow, tree juice or other kinds of dirt that may harm the car appearance.
There are many instances when you can experience some holes in your car cover. It could be because of wear and tear or your dog ripped the hole. In such cases, you need to do some repairs. When repairing any car cover, it is better to know the kind of material.
To get the best results, you need to repair the damaged car cover depending on the material. I will show you how to repair car covers made from different materials.
- Repairing Vinyl Covers
When you have a vinyl car cover, then you need to follow this process of repairing your car cover. Ensure that the cover is laid on a flat surface. You will have to measure the rip of the cover that needs to be repaired. When you have the correct measurements, then you need to cut the vinyl patch. In this case, you will have to cut the patch an inch longer and wider.
The patch is ready now; you now need to turn the cover over so that you will be working from beneath. The reason for this is because you will still need to have a neat patch. After you turn the cover, you will pour some alcohol on a cotton ball, then to clean the area around the patch. Then allow this area to dry completely.
The vinyl patch should be having an adhesive so you will remove it`s backing. Exactly on the center of the damage, place the patch. Press the patch hard on the damaged part of the cover to ensure that it has stuck appropriately. To do this, you need to rub the patch firmly on the damaged part of the car cover. These patches are easy to use and are available.
They are also available in different colors so you can choose according to the color of your car cover. The patches are strong and durable they can stay for long after they are installed. They are also found in different sizes, to suit the size of the damaged part. These patches are also very affordable and they also provide beautiful results.
Sometimes the damage is too severe for you to do it yourself. In this case, you need to find a professional to do it for you or just replace car cover with a new one.
- Repairing Leather Covers
Using a sand paper you need to gently rub the ends of the damaged part of the leather car cover. Using some cotton or a cotton ball, dump it in alcohol then rub it on the leather car cover. Since some leathers are dyed then you need to rub alcohol on a surface of the cover that is slightly inconspicuous. This is because some dyes are weak and can come off very easily if they are being touched by alcohol. However, some leather patches come with a leather dye with your desired color.
Measure the part of the car cover that is damaged and needs repair. If the damaged part is a quarter inches wider, then you need to patch on the inside and then you will just fill up that part of leather that is missing. To repair the damage from beneath, you need to turn the car cover over on the inside and lay the cover flat so that you work easily on a flat surface.
After this, you will need to apply the vinyl patch as on the vinyl repair process. Now place the cover on a flat surface with the right side facing up, look for a patch that has the right measurements as the inner part of the hole or the crack.
Place the leather patch into the crack or the hole on your cover. Smear the repair solution which should be the same color as the cover. Wait for the solution to dry up before removing the patch beneath if you so desire to remove it.
Wait until the solution has dried out completely for about six to twelve hours period following instructions are given by the manufacturer.
- Repairing Fabric Covers
First, you need to turn the cover with the right side facing up and lay your cover flat, working on a flat surface is much easier compared to working on a bumpy surface. This is because it will be much easier to apply the repair on the cover. This can be done well on an ironing board.
Next, you need to measure the size of the hole or crack that needs to be repaired. Cut a repair patch which will be a fabric that you had ironed that you will use for repairing your car cover. Make sure that the fabric is an inch longer and also wider than the damaged part to be repaired.
Now you need to place the repair patch with the adhesive part down. The iron should be set according to the recommendations set by the manufacturer. Iron the repair patch onto your car cover and press firmly on the ends to ensure there are no curls made. Repair patches are easily accessible and also affordable.
As we have seen they are also easy to use anyone who has never used them can use them without any difficulty. They also come with a manufacturer’s guide which means you will always refer to them in the process of doing your repairs.
Repairing your car cover should never be a heavy task and you do not need to hire someone to do it for you. First, you need to identify the material of the damaged car cover that needs repair. The next thing that you need is a repair patch which you are going to find easily over the counter.
Most of these repair patches have manufacture instructions that you need to read before you starting using it. However, some cover damages are so severe that you will need a professional to do the repair for you.