Once you have determined the amount of work that needs to be done to your car, it’s time to get the tonneau covers. Get all the tools you might need in order to perform the actual repair work; be it a screwdriver to remove interior panels, wrenches, cutters, and some strong adhesive to make sure the upholstery sticks to your car well. Here are some general step-by-step instructions to repairing your car upholstery:
1. Lay out all the tools, replacement parts, and other things you need to get started on the upholstery repair. This can include snacks and drinks to keep your energy up when you take a break.
2. Remove the things that need to be repaired from your car, if possible. This includes anything with upholstery that need fixing; your seats, door panels, carpets, and even your dashboard. This is to ensure nothing else in the car is damaged during the repair process. You can also try removing everything in your car except the thing that needs repairing.
3. Once you have the part removed from the car, get side-by-side with your tools and start removing the upholstery from the part. This may take a little elbow grease and patience, even if you have the proper tools on hand already. If you are removing the seat covers from a car seat, also take note of where each and every part you remove came from, so installation may go smoother.
4. If the upholstery you removed was held to the part by way of adhesives, then you may notice plenty of excess after removal. The excess adhesive will either already be very dry, or still sticky, depending on the kind of adhesive used. Try to remove all of the excess adhesive as best as you can before installing new upholstery.
5. After removing the upholstery from a car, installation should be fairly straightforward with drop-in parts made for your car. If you are replacing upholstery that is not made for your car, or intended as a drop-in replacement, then more work may have to be done; you may have to apply adhesives to the newly-stripped part, apply the upholstery, and wait for it to dry.
When in doubt, call a car upholstery repair shop and have the work done for you instead.