How do I Repair Vinyl?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

With so many vinyl products in common use today, it is no surprise that repairs must be conducted from time to time. In many situations, the repairs are minor and can be completed at home with the use of a few simple tools. Other repair projects may require professional attention. Here are some tips on how to repair vinyl around the house, as well as how to know when to call in a pro to handle the vinyl repair.

A professional may be needed to repair vinyl siding.
A professional may be needed to repair vinyl siding.

Generally, it is easy to repair vinyl around the house when the job involves taking care of a cigarette burn in upholstery, or a small tear in the a vinyl rug or floor tile. With repair jobs of this type, all the materials you need are found at the local hardware store. Purchase a set of vinyl patches of difference sizes, along with a tube of vinyl adhesive. Keep in mind you may need a pair of scissors to trim the size of a given patch to conform properly to the rip or tear.

Patch kits are available to repair vinyl chairs and sofas.
Patch kits are available to repair vinyl chairs and sofas.

Begin repairing vinyl rips by cutting a section of the patch material that is slightly bigger than the actual tear. The section of patch should be large enough to slide easily into the tear without causing the rip to expand, while still filling the entire expanse of the rip. Smooth out the patch to make sure there are no wrinkles to the surface of the material.

Once the patch is in position, apply the vinyl adhesive to the edges of the tear as well as across the surface of the patch. Make sure the adhesive is spread evenly across the tear. Before the adhesive can begin to set, use the tool that came with the patches to press the edges and the patch together. In some cases, the vinyl will have a pattern, making it possible to mimic the grain of the vinyl and make the patch less noticeable.

The final task necessary to repair vinyl involves allowing the adhesive to dry and the patch to set. Make sure the adhesive has at least twenty-four hours to dry. During that time, keep the material out of direct sunlight and avoid walking or sitting on the patched area.

While it is possible to repair vinyl when the tear is relatively small, it may be necessary to call in a vinyl repair service for larger jobs. One example is when the job requires vinyl siding repair or vinyl leather repair to car seat upholstery. The adhesives available to the general public may not be strong enough to withstand the heat or sunlight that the upholstery or the siding is generally exposed to. However, commercial adhesives will create a bond that will hold up to more stringent conditions.

The same is true when it is necessary to repair vinyl floor. While simple patch kits will work fine for a small tear, larger rips will require the attention of a professional. If you are not sure whether to repair the damage yourself or have it done professionally, ask for an estimate from a professional. An ethical vinyl repair expert will tell you if the job can be accomplished with a kit, or if more comprehensive measures are required.

Vinyl repairs may be needed for well-traveled luggage.
Vinyl repairs may be needed for well-traveled luggage.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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For people considering repairing vinyl themselves, I would add another note of caution. If the rip is big, oddly shaped, or in any way less than standard, you really should consider calling a repairer.

I once tried to carry out a vinyl upholstery repair by myself, and suffice to say, it didn't turn out well, and I ended up having to get a new chair.

So unless you're really, really sure you can fix it, you should consider calling a repairer.


Thanks for this -- I have a small rip in my driver's seat, and was trying to find out about car vinyl repair. This really helped a lot -- gave me everything I need to know about vinyl seat repair.



Does these steps apply for repairing a vinyl floor? I am looking into vinyl repair kits and products, but a lot of them seem to be geared towards automotive vinyl repair.

Can I use an auto vinyl repair kit for floor vinyl repair patches?

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