Useful Automotive Tips : Repairing Torn Auto Vinyl

Useful Automotive Tips : Repairing Torn Auto Vinyl


hi I’m Bob Holcomb from Apex automotive in Great Barrington Massachusetts today we’re going to repair a piece of tore vinyl we’re going to use this vinyl repair kit the components that come with the kit we’ll use all of them along with some glass cleaner and a razor blade the first step is to identify the problem I see we have a piece of vinyl this tour on this door today we’re going to repair this tear in this vinyl that’s on this door we’re going to remove this excess piece with the razor blade will cut a nice clean sharp line and pull the piece off till we’ve got a nice clean hole to fill with our filler and I can feel that it’s nice and smooth so there’s no pieces hanging off of the vinyl after we’ve done that we’re going to use a cleaner a good glass cleaner will do anything that will evaporate rather quickly it’s good we’re going to clean the area to remove any dust debris oils what-have-you you can see there was some dirt on that vinyl once we have a clean area to work with we have to use the texture matching paper to find out which texture we have the kit comes with three different textures this one I chose as it matches the best the next step is to find out what color our vinyl is they give us this chart we’re going to match our color with the color chart I can see that that’s a little too light and I can see that this gray is as close as we’re going to get tells us to use the black base and then add some white to get our color we know that we’re going to use the black the black liquid vinyl as our base we’re going to put a little bit on the top of the box that all the components came in this is a good thing to use as the liquid vinyl won’t stick easily to this plastic tells us to use a little bit of white to make the color I’m going to take a little bit of this white and mix it with my black and see how close I come to my color after I’ve got my color mixed I’m going to bring it over to my door to see if it’s close I can see that that’s a little dark I may want to be just a hair lighter I’m going to put a sample of the liquid vinyl on my vinyl to see if the color matches it appears to match pretty good I can just wipe it back off as the liquid vinyl won’t adhere until I heat the vinyl once I’ve got my color mixed I’m going to apply a small amount to the damaged area I really only want to fill in the hole and I don’t want to repair the part that’s not broken so just a little bit of vinyl liquid vinyl in the damaged area once again if you put on too much it’s okay you can simply wipe it back off with a rag and start over now that I have applied the liquid vinyl I’m going to take my grain texture plate and I’m going to apply it over the vinyl when I applied over the vinyl and then going to use this device to push the grain texture into the liquid vinyl that I just adhered the last step is you need to apply heat to activate the liquid vinyl so that it stays it doesn’t stick to the paper but it’ll stick to this door so I’m going to heat up my applicator with this handy torch I don’t need to get this applicator super hot I just need to put some of the heat from this torch into this applicator this applicator has a wooden handle you’re not going to burn your fingers on the wooden handle but this metal disc at the end of this handle is going to be pretty hot so don’t touch your skin to this metal applicator once I’ve got the applicator warm I’m going to apply my grain texture over the top of the damaged area I want to push the heated applicator onto the damaged area you’re going to hold the applicator over the area for 10 to 15 seconds or until the heat can dissipate through the grained textured paper and into the vinyl the heat is the activator for this liquid vinyl I’m going to hold the grain textured paper in place and I’m going to slowly peel the textured paper away and you can see that we filled that hole the vinyl was activated by the heat and once it cools you can then clean it with any type of solvent that you would normally use on this vinyl and that’s how to repair a damaged piece of vinyl on your car I’m Bob Holcomb from apex automotive in Great Barrington Massachusetts


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