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    Advice on repairing damaged leatherette

    Hello,

    I ran into an issue recently with a set of "leather" seat covers I had installed. The covers were supposed to be leather but are actually a vinyl, leatherette, or some other type of unidentifiable synthetic material. The issue came when they tried to "shrink down" the seat covers using a heat gun. The material quickly melted and now has a wet shine to it in a few locations. Its driving me nuts. I have no idea how to approach repairing this, or of there is anything out there that will remove the shine. I am also open to having them professionally repaired, however I have no idea where to go to do this. Take a look and let me know what you think. I am leaning towards replacing the covers again.
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    Re: Advice on repairing damaged leatherette

    No going back, replace.
    "Logic dictates I have been at this detailing thing way too many years!":wink1:

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    Re: Advice on repairing damaged leatherette

    If a Shop used a heat gun in numerous places, saw what happened on the first place, and kept doing it, they are going to have to replace them for you since they damaged them..
    Especially if you are saying that you paid for "leather" and instead received some type of plastic, etc..
    Good luck with this..
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    Re: Advice on repairing damaged leatherette

    Danspeed1- Sorry to see that...the shop that caused the damage should be bending over backwards to solve the problem for you. They ruined your seat(s), they oughta make it right.

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    Re: Advice on repairing damaged leatherette

    Guys, thanks for the replies. Its exactly what I expected but I just wanted to make sure. Unfortunately I ordered the seat covers and brought them to the shop. The seat covers are supposed to be leather and are not. I got screwed in a couple of different directions. I paid the shop cash. I am working on trying to find a way to resolve this but ultimately its on me.

    Thanks,

    Dan

 

 

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