One of the most common issues we run into is leather and vinyl seat pair rips, tears, and cracks. We wanted to show you a before and after of a Subaru seat we repaired.
Many times when you bring your car to an upholstery shop for a seat repair they give you the option of a leather vinyl repair kit/patch or the replacement of the "Panel"might sew in a new piece of leather, cloth or vinyl. Here are some pros and cons.
1) Price. A leather / vinyl repair is usually quite a bit less expensive as you do not have to remove and disassemble the seats.
2) Longevity, A patch repair usually last 2 years whereas a panel replacement will last around 5-6 years or more .
One thing we have found with patch and even the panel replacement is if you do not patina the seat it will be a lot newer than the original material and show. therefore we try to always patina the material by airbrushing and dying the materials to match the age of the vehicle.