Advice and Tips on Repairing Your Car’s Upholstery

As an owner of a vintage car that has needed complete restoration, I know the value of do-it-yourself projects. By doing the car repairs or restorations yourself, you can save thousands of dollars. One of the most often needed repairs for vintage cars is the upholstery. Let me give you some easy tips for repairing it yourself. First of all, you should always clean the upholstery before starting any repair projects. Use an upholstery cleaner that is made specifically for the type of upholstery you have and always follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter. I prefer to spot test the cleaner in an out-of-the-way place just to be sure. You will be amazed at what a good cleaning can do for old upholstery! Sometimes it will reveal potential problem areas that you can repair before they become a big problem.

Repairing Leather upholstery tips:

If sewing or recovering the seat is not possible, you could try a leather repair kit that can be found at any automotive store. The kit will come with a plastic substance that you will tint to match as close to your car upholstery color as possible. You’ll have to apply it and then let it dry. I don’t recommend this for large areas. It is usually o.k. for small areas if the color is well matched. Black or White upholstery is the easiest to match.

Repairing Vinyl upholstery tips:

Don’t try using glue to repair your vinyl! It seems like an easy fix, but the adhesive in the glue can actually destroy the foam padding underneath the vinyl. You don’t want to create more problems! Instead, simply cut a patch of excess vinyl found under the seat and use adhesive specifically made for vinyl upholstery to patch it. Again, follow the adhesive manufacturers instructions carefully.

If it is just the piping around the seat that needs repair, use this simple trick: Take a match stick and remove the match. Add some contact cement to one end of the match and work it into the damaged area. Then apply the cement to the other end and work that end of the stick in. Fold it in as you go if necessary. Make sure you let the cement dry completely before using the seat.

Do some research ahead of time and see if this do it yourself project is something you think you can do. You don’t want that vintage muscle car looking awesome on the outside and old as dirt on the inside. With a little work you can get it in top notch shape!

The Ultimate Automotive Mission – High Performance Parts for Cars

All you car lovers would have fantasized owning something like the very impressive bat mobile (Batman's car). After all we were kids once, and now as we have grown so have our toys. The bat mobile still been etched in our minds even at thirty something. The reason behind it is your passion for automobiles. Some of us don't just see our cars as mere vehicles used for serving our the daily needs of commuting. For some, their cars speak their persona, to some their car represents their place in their society and some are just wrapped in the velocity of car rides, proudly known as street racers. If you are a little more observant on the streets you won't fail to notice a corporate class person riding his luxury sedan or maybe a horde of rebellious teenagers in a loud SUV. The pun remains that people like to add their personal touch to their cars and what's even better if these modifications further enhance the cars' performance.

To increase the competence of your car, you can mull over adding high performance auto parts. Aftermarket parts will augment the power of your vehicle which may not be functioning at its maximum potential right now. There are plenty of parts available for your car but, you should choose the high performance parts. Certain popular high-performance parts readily available in the market are high performance air intakes, exhaust, tires, ECU chip and access Port, supercharger, turbo kit, diverter Valve, blow off Valve, downpipes and so on.

You can either avail these parts in a choice of stores vending vehicle parts or, even better, you can choose to make online purchases within the relief of your own home. Lots of suppliers are available online for selling vehicle parts. While making online purchases, ensure that you acquire the equipment from a reputable and dependable trader. Some of the best suppliers also offer a fully equipped installation and service facility. To ensure the quality you can make a personal assessment between various dealers before settling down for the best one. An assortment of parts is available for both interior as well as the exterior segment of your vehicle. While availing the parts make sure you have a huge range and a number of imported brands to choose from. Often getting these parts from an online supplier cut down retail costs and thus becomes very affordable, to your advantage.

You can opportunely shop on the web and read plenty of client testimonials prior to making your final pick. However it's always better to seek advice from a whiz before making major modifications to your automobile. Take your time to choose the best website online that sells quality car parts at reasonable rates and modify your vehicle for the best. Although you might have to search extensively, be sure that you will end up finding your perfect supplier.