3 DIY fixes for repairing your car's interior

November 20, 2014

Whether you’re looking to increase your car's resale value or just a more comfortable ride, check out these easy tips to restore your auto's interior.
Your car’s future can be brighter

Over years of driving and parking in the sun, your car’s dash, door panels and seats will fade. While most people think of paint for your auto’s exterior, you can also use special vinyl and leather paints to make your vehicle’s interior looks new again. If you need to fill cuts or abrasions before starting, there are repair compounds that are effective and paintable. There are even special upholstery paint products available for your seats.

When tackling this type of project, there are some basic materials you will need, including:

  1. Vinyl and plastic soap
  2. Scrub brush
  3. Clean, damp, lint-free cloth
  4. Preparation spray
  5. Colourant
  6. Dust mask
  7. Safety glasses

1. Sagging headliners are not only unsightly, but unsafe

If you have driven older model cars, chances are you’ve experienced a sagging headliner at some point. Not only does this look bad, but it can also be unsafe, as it can block your vision when checking your rear-view mirror.

Spray glue is an effective and inexpensive way to fix the problem. After spraying the glue on your ceiling and headliner, wait until it becomes tacky. Simply press it into place and smooth it out as you go. Be sure to wait a few hours before driving with your windows open.

2. Minor tears in fabric seats

Spray glue can also be used on minor tears in fabric seats. If you have larger tears, the most inexpensive option is a seat cover. Otherwise, it might be time for you to consult with a custom automotive shop skilled in re-upholstery.

3. Options for cracked dashboards and doors

If your dashboard has major cracks or damage, you might want to consider a dash pad. These products are made for all types of vehicles and fit right over the top of your existing dash. When installed correctly, you won’t even know it’s there.

Spending a little time and money restoring your auto's interior will likely pay off when it’s time to sell your car. In the meantime, you will have a car that looks and feels new again.

3 DIY fixes for repairing your car's interior
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