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« on: January 06, 2011, 06:44:00 AM »

So my '56 98 Olds  has a combo of real white leather and very
elaborate black fabric with silver thread in it, in pretty decent
shape, good enough for me to use since I like original cars with their
patina, but has come apart along the seams in a few places, and in 1 or
2 spots the fabric along the seam edge is a bit weak.  Is there a
way to re-sew it, or to hold it back together by using something akin
to an iron-on or glue-on backing like one uses for fixing the holes in
jeans? Don't care if it makes it a bit stiff in those areas. 
Besides wanting to keep originality, there is no way in creation that I
will ever be able to afford to redo these seats with new original-type
material from SMS or whoever. So it's either use them as they are, and
let them continue to deteriorate, or find some kind of reasonable fix
to stabilze it and make it useable... or until I hit the Lottery and
can do it right! 

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 02:35:13 PM »

I have had good luck using this:

http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=105

I used this activated super glue to knit broken leather back together again...it can be used on cloth, but sparingly or it will turn to wood! Use a toothpick to sneak some into the gap, use a pin or tiny screwdriver to hold the opening closed and aligned, and then shoot it with a light burst of the aerosol activator.


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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 02:38:58 PM »

I never did reorder that stuff Bob.  I need the link again
 
Do you think that will do a good job on broken pot metal?   I have a window transmission with a broken motor mount.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 02:43:34 PM »

I would use this on the potmetal....guarranteed to work....after all they used it in Vietnam to patch bullet holes in helicopter fuel tanks....

Smooth-on Metalset A4

http://www.smooth-on.com/Epoxy,-Silicone-an/c11_1125_1178/index.html


http://www.smooth-on.com/Industrial/c1275/index.html


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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 03:19:41 PM »

where can I get that crazy glue?  I need some of that too
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2011, 05:11:24 PM »


use that link above for the Fast Cap....the old stuff in the little white bottles is not worth what they wanted for it....we use this stuff now exclusively at the resto shop.

Actually, this might be better for you:

http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=103


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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2011, 08:28:05 PM »

Thanks Bob
 
Is this the stuff Roger needs?
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011, 08:48:49 PM »


yup....he needs at least the "thick" version.....maybe the "gel" to keep from ruining his cloth


the "thin" one is runnier than lacquer thinner....and it gives off smoke when you activate it (may burst into flame on stuff like cotton or burlap)

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 09:03:45 PM »

That kit for 30 bucks is a real deal.  They get 16 bucks for just 1 10Z Bottle.
 
Is that how you are going to fasten the milk crate in the Chrysler?  LOL
 
That reminds me.  We need to talk
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011, 04:03:20 AM »

Thanks Bob... I assume that can be done without taking the cover off
the seat? If one was to go to the effort to actually remove the cover,
is there some kind of backing I could put on to strenghten it? 
Some of the areas might be too thin/weak to try to glue it I'm
thinking.  Also there is a silver piping between the white leather
and black/silver fabric that's pretty worn in some places. The fabric
is the funkiest stuff I've ever seen, sort of looks like alligator skin
in texture. I hate doing things in a half-baked manner, it goes against
my perfectionist tendancies, but my wife would disown me if I even
thought about spending what it would take to do it the right way. ie
with new correct upholstery.



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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2011, 06:50:06 AM »



In order to remove the old crispy covers and fix these things, it will cost less in the long run to make all new upholstery......repairs are supposed to be a quick way of preservation. If it has to come apart, it isn't worth it. All of the old stitching will blow apart.

I repaired my boss's 1932 Lasalle seat cushion covers, and a customer's 1911 Olds Limited while leaving the leather seats  together, and both took $$$$ thousands to accomplish. But it preserved the original which is what they were after....

after


before


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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 08:59:53 AM »

That Limited is amazing! ....the transformation is nothing short of a
miracle, and what an honor it must have been to work on a car like that.



So repairs it will be, anything involving thousands is out of the
question.. so I should  try the gel stuff then.  Then there
is always duct tape! Quaaaaaaack!
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2011, 12:43:37 PM »

Oh Bob didn't tell you?  He always includes, atleast, a piece of duct tape
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