How to Fix a Rip in a John Deere Seat

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There's no reason you should have to live with a tear in your riding mower or tractor.
There's no reason you should have to live with a tear in your riding mower or tractor. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Founded in 1837 by John Deere, the blacksmith and inventor, John Deere refers to a company that specializes in the production of riding mowers and tractors, among other agricultural products. If you have a John Deere product that comes with a chair installed in it that has developed a tear, you can always contact the company for a replacement part. However, if you'd prefer to just fix the chair you have, you can do that rather easily, as all John Deere chairs consist of vinyl, making them quite receptive to leather repair kits, which rely on the application of the a synthetic glue that dries to a vinyl finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather or vinyl repair kit
  • Cotton ball
  • Nail polish remover
  • Wax paper
  • Iron

Purchase a leather repair kit in the color of your John Deere seat, or purchase a kit which has clear glue that will match any color.

Wipe down the rip with with a cotton ball moistened in nail polish remover. This will take off any dirt or grease that will prevent your glue from making a seamless, smooth seal.

Press the sides of the rip together and apply a thin line of the glue on top of the sides of the rip. Apply a another line of glue on top of that. Allow the glue to dry for at least five minutes.

Place a square of wax paper over the glue and apply a slight amount of pressure. Some leather repair kits will require that you apply heat from an iron over the glue -- and others will just ask that you peel off the paper and allow the glue to air dry.

References

  • Deere: John Deere History
  • "Leather and Latex Care: How to Keep Your Leather and Latex Looking Great"; Kelly J. Thibault; 1996
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