Many of us in Swansea own nice cars but to keep it that way you have to look after the interior trim as well as the exterior paintwork.
A new car does not usually need any car interior repairs unless you have an accident but as it grows older, you will need to pay it more attention.
The dashboard, leather items, carpets, seat covers, door panels, will often need to be either refurbished or repaired.
Car interior repairs can range from painting the dashboard or leather seats with a specialist leather or vinyl paint that has been designed to do the job properly.
It is always best to call in an expert repair company like Trimtastick at Bridgend but if you have no one local and you do decide to have a go at DIY repairs then this guide should help you. Purchase products from a reputable company that specialises in the supply of SMART repair products.
When repairing trim preparation is very important, first of all, remove all the parts that you can and wash them in warm water with a mild soap solution added to it. Avoid getting water near any electrical connectors or components.
Use a soft cloth to clean the other interior parts such as steering wheel, door panels, dashboard, etc. Cover the other areas then rub the plastic parts and affected area with a fine-grade sand paper.
Again clean up and apply good quality of plastic prep solution on the areas you want to paint PlastiC Prep is a degreaser and bonding agent. Allow to dry and finally apply the proper re-paint color that is specially designed for your car type. A vinyl repair kit is often the best option.
It is not always the case that you need a professional to do the car interior repair. The minor problems can be solved on your own. All types of company kits and manuals are available in the market. Well, one thing is sure the minor problem is the cause of major difficulty in future. Hence, it is important to detect them and repair in the first stage itself.
Get Your Car's Interior Looking Great!
SMART Repairs, what are they I hear you ask?
SMART repair techniques have been developed to help maintain a vehicle in pristine condition without traditional expensive time consuming body shop repairs. It lends itself well to repairing scuffs, chips and scratches that affect the look and value of a vehicle. SMART repair techniques use state of the art techniques and products technicians ensure the highest standards of work, preserving the integrity of the original paintwork. These techniques have been used by garages for many years, but are still relatively unknown with car owners.
Alloy Wheel Repair
The cost of replacing factory fitted alloys can be prohibitive; but not to worry, most typical alloy wheel kerb scuffs and scratches can be removed by an alloy wheel refurbishment specialist.
The damaged area on the wheel is sanded down, sometime filled and repainted to match the existing colour without leaving a mark. Often it is possible to repair the alloy wheel without even removing the tyre.
Unsightly phone installation holes in dashboards can be made to disappear by filling, replicating the original texture and re-colouring the area.
If any part of the interior trim is scratched, cracked or damaged, then it is highly likely that it can be repaired rather than replaced.
If the paint has not been damaged, then a highly skilled operator will gradually 'massage' the dent until it is back to the original shape. Ideal for hail stone storm dents, shopping trolley dents, even golf ball accidents!
Windscreen chips and scratches can be unsightly and depending on their position impair vision and possibly result in MOT failure.
The cracks, chips and bulls-eyes are thoroughly cleaned, a vacuum is created to suck out moisture and air before the damaged is filled with resin. UV-Light technology is used to harden the resin. The windscreen is then cleaned of excess resin and the area polished flat.
Stone Chip Repair
Depending on the extent of the damage, touching in with a brush will cover the damage and prevent future rust problems. However, there are situations where SMART repair techniques are the only cost effective solution to restore the paintwork to its original condition.
The chips and scuffs are rubbed down, primed and repainted using colour matched paint. When a good repair has been made, it will go un-noticed.
Quality Car Body Repairs - What You Need To Know
Weather change is here and the cracked padded dashes are rolling in. With every weather change I get the phone calls. "My dash is cracked and what can be done to fix it."
Due to the exposer to old mother nature, these materials become dried out and crack over time leaving you with a crack in your dash. Left unattended this small crack can and will get larger.
There are measures that can be taken to prevent the dash from getting cracked in the first place. Now I know your dash is already cracked and your wanting to know how to fix it, but this will prevent further cracks and keep your car cooler and looking nicer, and well.... for further reference.
One way to prevent this is to use a sunshade. This will not only protect your automotive dash from the sun but also keep your vehicle cooler keeping the plastic pieces cooler and less likely to warp and then crack.
Another way to prevent the materials from drying on your dash is to condition them with a good vinyl conditioner-protectant. Now I know I've always said to not put the slimy stuff on your interior pieces and parts ... But if your vehicle is exposed to the sun on a constant basis, then I would recommend you use a vinyl conditioner. Now I'm not going to say that any old vinyl conditioner will work, because it won't. Tire shine is not vinyl conditioner! This is probably one of the biggest mistakes made, and I do a lot of repair because of it. Tire shine contains solvents, which as you know from previous articles, it doesn't mix well with the water based dyes being used on today's cars. What it does is lifts the dye from the surface, causing it to peel. So no tire shine...What I recommend to my customers is a product made from a leather conditioning producer that I feel from some of the research I've done is safe and should work very well, it's made by Lexol and it's called Vinylex. Designed by the guys that really know their stuff when it comes to interior conditioning and protecting.
The last and final tip to keeping your automotive interior, including your dash, looking it's best and lasting longer is window tint. Now in some states you need to be careful with the tinting laws to make sure you don't get it too dark, plus you need to think of your safety too. I have tint on our family Tahoe and I kinda wish I would have gone a little lighter, at night it's really hard to see, my Tahoe stays nice and cool, but it's a pain in the butt at night. I have to roll the window down sometimes just to see. So keep it light and you will be impressed with the results, plus it looks cool.
Apply your compound liberally over the repair area, don't worry about getting your first coat really smooth, all you need is to get it covered, you'll be sanding it smooth later. Let it set up for a while, depending on the weather will depend on how long this stuff takes. You can speed it up a little with a heat gun but don't melt it just give it a little boost.
Once hardened start sanding, I usually start with a 180 grit to knock off the big chunks then progressively move my way up to a finer grit like 240 and then to 400.
One coat won't be sufficient, I promise, this is another layer thing. Sanding between coats. Each coat you apply you will need to make smoother. Again what your trying to achieve is a smooth level repair.
After all is smooth and level, grain with a spray grain then dye.
As far as texture goes, I use two types of spray grain. One is a water based spray grain and the other is Sems Texture Coat. In fact the Sems Texture Coat almost matches the some of the Pontiac dashes to a tee. Now the Sems Texture coat is a solvent based, but I haven't had a problem with it peeling up against the water based dyes on the dash, so kudos to Sems.
One other trick I have found with the the Sems Texture Coat is after sprayed if you let it flash out a little but not dry completely, you can take your grain pad and imprint your grain into the texture coat, pretty cool huh.
Dash repair is an art and a craft, just like all automotive interior repairs. If the steps are followed right and patience is used in your repairs you success will be good.
Hope this helps in your dash repair adventure. One thing to always keep in mind is to keep your repair as level as possible, this is your best hide.