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I have a 3 year old chocolate brown recliner that I thought was a crinkly look vinyl. It is now flaking and peeling where there is most use. Underneath is a soft fabric. So, what I assume now, is that a technique of spray painting a soft leather look on an under fabric was used on this new recliner. It was not very expensive, in the $400 range, (that should have been a clue).
It is in perfectly good working order, is comfortable, I like the look and it is a good fit in my space. How do I go about brushing off the peeling parts and respraying a leather look on my recliner?
By Betty T.
I would just either make a cover for it, or use an old bedspread, or one from a garage sale that you like. You can either throw it over the chair, or make it more fitted by using rubber bands or hair elastics to gather the fabric at the corners under the legs, to keep it from always sliding off.
I found the following information on the ehow website of how to repair a dashboard in a vehicle that is peeling and cracking. This will probably work the same way in repairing your vinyl recliner that is peeling and cracking.
Your best bet might be to go to LillianVernon.com and order a cover especially for recliners. They come in different colors.
I think I would just go to www.surefit.com and order a recliner slipcover! I just bought one from there for my leather recliner as it's too hot in summer. They fit very well and are easy to take off to wash. They have many styles and color choices. Good luck. ;-)
I have a soft vinyl recliner and I have worn the edges down to the cloth and almost to the wood on my foot rest in a couple areas about 3 inches by 4 inches long from my feet there all the time. I just want to find a soft vinyl repair tape that I can use to reinforce and keep it from spreading, not to mention the appearance. It is somewhere between a medium and dark chocolate brown. How and where could I possibly purchase this tape without a big price tag on it? I live in Sun City Arizona and I'm on a very restricted budget. Thanks for your time and consideration.
By Barb M
They make duck/duct tape in all kinds of colors now. Stores like WalMart handle it.
Also I have a catalog that has a washable fleece recliner cover. It is four pieces: Two arrmrest covers, a footrest cover, and a cover for the body of the chair, for $19.99. The body cover has elastic straps to hold it in place and my guess is that the footrest cover has elastic all the way around. You can find them online at: easycomforts.com.
We have a vinyl bean bag that has a couple of tears in it thanks to a new puppy. I have taped over the holes with duct tape but the tape keeps coming off around the edges and it looks really ugly. Does anyone know how I can repair a hole in vinyl?
Kathy from Parker, CO
What about an iron patch, the kind used to patch clothes. I would apply it to the inside of the vinyl. Turn the bag inside out and cut the patch @ 2" bigger than the tear, make sure the spot to be patched is nice and flat. Put a dish cloth over the patch and press with a medium hot iron. You could keep the duct tape on the outside it will help to keep the tear flat and remove after the patch has cooled.
You can purchase different colors of tape or use clear. Your problem with the corners coming up is that it should be cut with rounded corners.
I recovered my bean bags by cutting pieces a little larger than those on the chair and sewing them together. I made a hem at the botton and threaded a piece of nylon rope through the hem to use as a draw-string. I used a fur material; anything with some strength to it would work. That way I didn't have patched chairs but "brand new"!
I would get one of those repair kits that are used for air mattresses and try that.
You should be able to get a vinyl repair kit at your auto supply store. It is used to repair vinyl seats and roofs (like when the garage door opener falls off the ceiling and scratches the vinyl roof of the car - could only happen to me :o)
How can I repair a tear in vinyl upholstery? It is mostly along a seam at the edge of a cushion. The cushion is not removable, so it can't be taken off to be repaired or sewn.
Google how to do a baseball stitch. The neat thing with this stitch is you can gently draw the material back together. You will likely need a curved needle which can be quite awkward at first. Practise the stitch one something similar. The thread goes in an over and under pattern and you'll want to keep the stitches about 1/4" away from the rip so that it doesn't tear again.
How do I repair vinyl upholstery?
By Joanne from Lincoln, MA
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I have a tear in my vinyl chair. The kits you can buy are so expensive and tape looks tatty. Can you help please?
By Pam from England
Can you buy upholstered seat cushions for all of your chairs, not just the torn one? Do you know the kind I mean? They have long ties on the back of the cushions to tie the cushions to the back of the chair. If the tear were in the center of the chair, maybe a cushion would cover it.
Or, do you have the kind of chairs that, when you turn them upside down, there are screws bolting the seat to the chair? If you do, you can choose a replacement fabric or vinyl, take the old vinyl off the chairs and reupholster the chairs with one fabric. I have never done it before but I know the instructions are on this site.
Good luck! (06/03/2010)