How to Repair Vinyl Chairs

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Vinyl chairs are easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately, they can become damaged and torn from pets, children or careless adults. When a vinyl chair is torn a common "cure" is simply to cover the piece with a chair cover or blanket. But this doesn't fix the problem and the stuffing will eventually come out of the chair. Fixing a vinyl chair requires only a few quick steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Vinyl patches
  • Vinyl adhesive
  • Applicator
  • Coloring dye
  • Square or round the tear with scissors to get the edges even. Push the cut scraps into the squared or rounded hole to fill it. Regardless of the damage, you'll need to even the tear or hole out to patch it properly.

  • Place the vinyl patch over the filled rounded or squared hole to measure the cut size and to compare color contrasts.

  • Cut the vinyl patch a larger circumference than the rounded or squared hole. Place over the tear or hole once again to check that the cut size will cover the tear or hole and surrounding edges.

  • Dye the patch if necessary. Apply coloring dye to the patch until it matches the damaged chair. This might require a bit of trial-and-error, following the dye manufacturer's instructions and testing several patches until the right balance is found.

  • Apply a thin layer of adhesive to the edges on the back of the vinyl patch with an applicator. Do not apply adhesive to the middle of the vinyl patch or it will stick to the cuts stuffed into the tear. Press the vinyl patch into place and let dry for at least 24 hours before sitting in the vinyl chair.

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References

  • "Furniture Repair & Refinishing"; Brian Hingley; 1998
  • "Care & Repair of Furniture"; Albert Jackson, David Day; 1995
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