So now, if you own a Work Truck, what are the chances that you are able to fix its seat covers, just in case. I mean it is not always recommended or suitable to go for just replacing them with new ones.
Sometimes it is too expensive to be worth it, and who knows, you might end up spending a good amount of money on some seat covers that just do not fit into the seats.
So before directly jumping on the idea of buying new covers, won’t it be better to give a thought as to – can the seat covers be repaired?
If yes, then how? Or, maybe there would be ways guiding about how you can fix your work truck’s seat covers on your own.
Sounds good? Then let us first understand why exactly we are doing this. What is wrong with leaving your truck’s seats just as they are, in the first place?
Why Fix Your Truck Seat Covers?
Covers in a vehicle reduce its maintenance cost, which is not an insignificant amount as you might also be well aware of.
Talking about seat covers, they will serve the same purpose in addition to giving a wholesome look to the seats.
Open surfaces will catch dust easily, will wear down in lesser than due course of time because of continuous exposure to climate, will require frequent servicing and come up with maintenance issues more times than common.
Covering the different parts of the vehicle, on the other hand, will keep it away from the above-mentioned problems and will also prevent direct contact with pets, kids, spills & stains. This will help avoid general wear and tear from regular work trips or even adventure trips.
Step by Step How To Fix a Work Truck Seat Cover
So now we know, we want to cover our vehicle’s seats. And if something goes wrong with the covers, we would like to find a way to fix that thing, instead of dumping money directly in new purchases.
The only thing left to understand is that how to go about the whole "fixing the seat cover” thing.
To address your concerns on the matter, here is a step by step guide to see you through the repair process.
1. Identify The Areas Which Need Repair And The Type of Repair Needed
For example, the seat may have cracks and cuts, or it may be torn requiring stitching in some parts.
Now cracks and cuts may be taken care of without taking the seat cover off the seat, but if the cover requires stitching, you have got to separate it from the seat to fix the tear.
We shall broadly talk about the torn cover; while about repairing the cracks, a small brief, in the end, should work.
The process of repairing is not something of rocket science but requires little diligence on handling part, so that the repair work turns up neat.
2. Unhooking The Covers
The seat covers are secured to the seat with the help of hooks and clips. Reach out for the clips, unclasp them from the holding straps and remove the hooks from the loops.
Make sure that the straps, clips and hooks do not tangle between each other. If they do, they are only going to increase your labour in separating them and arranging back on the seat covers.
3. Look into the Foam Underneath
Since it is going to be the one-time process in a long span of time and with no plans of repeating the same in the near future, it is advisable that when you are taking the covers off your seats, check for the state of foam and spring also.
Usually, there rarely is any problem with the spring. But foam, being the direct seat support may be in a worn state.
It is better to take care of this part also while you are fixing the seat covers, or the further deterioration of the foam may call for another post-mortem of your seat.
Here is how you can go about the foam;
- Get a foam saw. Run it on all surfaces of the exposed foam, such that it smoothens the surfaces and slices or trims away the worn parts.
- There are sprays available in the market which are used on seats especially to protect the seats from seepage of water or other liquids. Get a good quality spray and use it for the foam of the seats.
4. Time to Fix Things Up
Now coming back to seat cover, here is how you can undergo the work truck seat fixing process;
- If The Seat Cover Is Torn And Requires Stitching: Gather the torn area and aid it with a strip of the same material, which you can get from the extra margins left off in the seat cover folds, to provide uniformity to the stitch.
Stitch the tear using, nylon thread or similar so that it can bear the load of thick fabrics used for seat covering.
Another way, if the torn area is broader, you can patch the area up with the same material with same or contrasting colour depending on the look.
- If The Seat Cover Is Having Small Cuts And Cracks: You can place a backing in the cut, stick it to the cover from inside with the superglue (or any glue effective enough) and fill the joints with leather filler.
The filler works for almost all materials used for the seat covers. Smoothen the surface, and you are good to go.
5. Getting the Cover On
Replace the cover back on, taking care that the cover is in proper position lest it will make the seating uncomfortable and also the look will be bizarre.
Tighten the clips to designated straps and put the hooks in designated loops.
In case the fitting of clips and hooks is misplaced, it will displace the position of the whole cover, so make sure there are no confusions in this manner.
So people!! Are you ready now to take up the task of repairing, if the seat covers of your work truck are broken?
Even if you were not earlier, hope the above points will help you in accomplishing your task like a pro.
So go on, drive about, have fun with your work in your work truck! And, just in case you stumble upon somebody who is also struggling with their worn out or torn out or broken in any manner – seat covers, maybe you can help them overcome the problem by explaining just "How To Fix a Work Truck Seat Cover”.