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Leather Seat Car Repair Can Help Increase Your Car’s Resale Value

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If your car has leather seats, they can greatly increase its value when you decide to sell it or trade it in. This is especially important for folks who want to buy a new car with some regularity. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the reasons leather car seat repair is better if it’s done by an expert like The SeatFixerMN:

  • Matching the exact color of the leather can be a difficult task even for an expert, especially if your car’s interior isn’t a standard tan or gray color. But if you leave it to someone like The SeatFixerMN, you will know that the color will be as perfectly matched as possible.
  • If the leather is also stained, as well as cracked or torn, a simple stain remover won’t fix it. Rubbing the stain with a cloth or Magic Eraser will just push the dye or stain farther into the seat and could even cause further damage to the car’s leather seats. Someone who is well-versed on how to fix stained or torn leather car seats will know what to do to prevent any more damage to the car’s interior.
  • If you go with an expert repair service, like The SeatFixerMN, you will have peace of mind knowing your car is getting the best service possible and your leather car seat repairs will be done by the most skilled hands, rather than trying to do it yourself. There are many DIY leather car seat repair kits on the market, but some don’t work as well as others and some are really difficult to use. You could cause further damage to your car’s leather seats and drastically decrease its resale value.

Remember the cliché: You get what you pay for. So if you shell out some extra money and pay an expert vs. trying to do the repairs on your own, you save yourself the stress of doing it by yourself and you will preserve your car’s resale value.

Call The SeatFixerMN today at (612) 590-7870 or request a free estimate online.

Get a Head Start on Christmas Shopping at The SeatFixerMN

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One of the most stressful aspects of the Twin Cities holiday season is shopping for gifts. What do you get for that one person on your list who seems to have everything? Or that person who tells you, “I don’t know what I want for Christmas this year. Don’t worry about me. You don’t have to get me anything!” (Yeah, right!) The SeatFixerMN has a suggestion for you: why not give them the gift that keeps on giving? Auto interior repair as a Christmas gift!

Nearly every car seems to have something wrong with its interior. Whether it’s worn or stained leather, stains on the seats, cigarette burns or scratched on the door panels, these are issues that most cars seem to have, especially older ones. But getting them fixed is something that people think about and then brush aside. Maybe the thought of getting these auto interior repairs is pushed aside because there are other, more pressing expenses to consider. Or maybe the repairs are thought about and then promptly forgotten. Either way, this is a practical and unique gift that any car-owner on your list will appreciate!

Wear and tear on a car’s interior is something that just seems to happen. And now that the holiday season is upon us, taking the time to clean and repair a car’s interior is something that most people just don’t have the time to think about. Give your loved one the gift of auto interior repair to make that person’s life just a bit more easy and hassle-free. Your loved one can sit back and relax and watch the experts at The SeatFixerMN do all of the hard work!

Give us a call today at (612) 590-7870 or visit our website and request a free estimate.

Riding in Style with an Intact Car Seat Upholstery

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Whether you’re restoring an older car or have issues with your current automobile, car upholstery repair can provide a host of benefits. Instead of trying to complete the repairs yourself, give The SeatFixerMN a call. The type of repairs I make are seamless. They keep the original look of the car intact, while providing dramatic improvements. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like Excelsior, car upholstery repair can be the answer to your car upholstery woes.

Restoring Old Cars

Restoring an older car can be fun! It’s a project that keeps your hands busy and in the end, you get a pretty sweet car to ride around in. If the upholstery is just in need of a few repairs, you might save some time and money by not completely replacing the upholstery. It’s frivolous to make  unnecessary updates to the car you’re already working so hard on. Instead, consider having the minor problems repaired by The SeatFixer. These repairs will help keep the integrity of the original upholstery, and it will look like new!

Patching Up Everyday Use Cars

If your car is starting to show it’s age, car upholstery repair may be in order. Some rips, tears and staining are inevitable. A car with a little wear and tear is evidence the car has been loved. But, it doesn’t mean these have to be permanently displayed. I can get you riding in style again, with some simple repairs. I can travel to you, so having car upholstery repairs complete is easy! Make an appointment today.

In need of car upholstery repairs? Give us a call today at 612-590-7870 or request a free estimate online.

Sunshine & Your Boat’s Upholstery

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The sunshine is my favorite part of summer, as nothing compares to a warm summer day. If you’re out on your boat, you may enjoy it even more. As the summer wears on, you may start to notice some effects of the sun on your boat’s upholstery. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like Excelsior, boat upholstery repair may be necessary at some point. In this blog, I’m going to cover some common deteriorations associated with the sun. While some of this may be cause for upholstery replacement, some of it can be easily repaired. If you are wondering if your upholstery is salvageable, call The SeatFixerMN.

Color Fading

Just like many other materials, the sun has the tendency to drain the color from your boat’s upholstery. This is especially noticeable when it’s a darker color. The ultraviolet rays of the sun break down the chemical bonds that colors are comprised of. To the human eye, this is what makes colors appear to fade. Items that absorb sunlight, like fabric, are more susceptible to fading.

Sometimes, fading occurs without the sun’s help. No matter how well you keep your seats protected, they are bound to age. When people sit on your seats for years, the color will begin to fade. This, in combination with the sun’s rays, makes for a noticeable change.

Cracking

The sun’s warmth has the ability to dry out materials. If your boat’s upholstery is dried out and tight, it may crack. An undesirable crack can easily be fixed by The SeatFixerMN. Cracks can be unsightly and also provide the opportunity for moisture to get down into the seats.

Do you need your boat’s upholstery repaired? Then call me today at 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Boat Upholstery Repair: Why to Call an Expert

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If you find a tear, rip or burn in your boat’s upholstery, your first instinct may be to try to fix it yourself. As The SeatFixerMN, I advise you to steer away (no pun intended) from that option. While some of you may have experience repairing upholstery, I’m guessing others do not. Boat upholstery repair can get tricky. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, including Wayzata, boat upholstery repair may be the only way to save your boat’s interior. In this blog, I’m going to discuses some benefits for calling the professional, as opposed to do-it-yourself repairs.

The Damage

Your boat’s upholstery can be damaged in a variety of ways. Some of the most common damage I see is rips, tears, scratches, weathering, cracking and burns. A simple boat cover can prevent some of these from happening, but others cannot be avoided. If an accident occurs, don’t fret. Usually, I will be able to repair the damage.

The Repairs

If you’re trying a do-it-yourself repair, you will probably buy a kit from somewhere and follow the instructions that are included. These instructions may or may not be clear, which may result with a less than perfect seal. I have professional-grade equipment and products. These products will be professionally applied and are made to last.

Satisfaction

I am an expert at boat upholstery repair and frequently perform these types of repairs. When you let me fix your boat’s upholstery, you can be assured you will be pleased with the results. If you try a do-it-yourself repair, you may not be satisfied with the outcome. Even if you do everything right, it will not have that professional touch.

Call today to set up an appointment with The SeatFixerMN at 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Tips to Maintain Your Boat’s Upholstery

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Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. With all that water, your summer should be spent somewhere on a boat! If you own a boat, you know how important it is to maintain your boat’s upholstery. There comes a time, though when all boats need repaired. For those living in a Lake Minnetonka-area community, like Excelsior, boat upholstery repair may be necessary at some point. In this blog, we’ll review some tips to keep your boat’s upholstery looking its best.

Seat Coverings

When your boat is not in use, you should keep the seats covered. The more protection you provide for your seats, the longer they are likely to last. Sun can do incredible damage to your boat’s interior over time. They will likely become dry, cracked and weathered looking. Uncovered seats can also be damaged by debris, hail or animals when left exposed to the elements. Most of this can be prevented with seat coverings, preferably mooring covers. This type of boat cover is vented, which prevents mildew.

Regular Cleaning

Boat upholstery should be cleaned regularly. The best cleaning method is warm water and dish soap. No harsh cleaners are necessary. A very soft plastic bristle brush will be able to do the job. Boat upholstery is extremely susceptible to staining. Any lotion or oil will stain the seats if it is left to set in. If you notice anything on your seats, wipe it up as soon as possible. Of course, if you have any stains boat upholstery repair is always an option.

Boat Upholstery Repair

If you notice any stains, rips or tears that you can’t repair, call The SeatFixerMN to take a look at it! You don’t have to stand for those unsightly imperfections in your seats. Depending on the extent of the damage, boat upholstery repair doesn’t keep you off the water for long. The SeatFixerMN’s experts are ready to get your boat looking like new again!

Need your boat upholstery repaired? Call 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Car Interior Repair: Car Seat Repair and More

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At The SeatFixerMN, it is my goal to get your car’s interior looking like new again. I go to great lengths to restore your car’s interior to its former grandeur. If you love your automobile, show it a little extra TLC by investing in some interior repairs. As your local Twin Cities car seat repair expert, I can analyze the current state of your car’s interior and make recommendations for fixing it. If you are experiencing any of the following problems with your car, you should leave the repairs up to the expert.

Headliner Repair

Do you have a soiled or cigarette burnt headliner? I understand how frustrating it can be to constantly deal with a headliner that is an eyesore. I am able to restore your car’s current headliner, along with other repairs. The process is best left to the professionals, to ensure you’re getting the best work possible.

Car Seat Repair

Car seat repair is one of the biggest components of getting your car looking its best. Dirty or damaged seats can give your car’s interior a dull look. Brighten up your car seats by having me, your local Twin Cities car seat repair professional fix your seats. I can handle scratches, cracks, discolorations and more.

Door Panel Repair

Door panels do more than just sit there and look pretty. They actually serve a practical purpose. Behind your door panels, there are systems to control your locks, window functionality and more. If they are damaged there could be bigger problems up ahead. Repairing any damage to your door panels right away, may save you from more costly repairs in the future.

To schedule an appointment with your local Twin Cities car seat repair specialist, call today at 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Leather Car Seat Repair

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Let’s face it: leather car seats are cool. They add a distinct touch of class to any car. But, when leather seats get old and worn, they are considerably less admirable. Even if the seats are well taken care of, they can still discolor and crack over time. As your local Lake Minnetonka area car seat repair company, we can fix those seats for you whether they were taken care of or not. Rips and tears can be unsightly, but not a permanent problem. In this blog, we’ll explore some ways to prevent leather seat deterioration and what to do when they need repaired!

Regular Car Seat Cleaning

Gently cleaning your seats on a regular basis can help reduce the wear and tear. If you keep up with cleaning your seats, you may be able to keep stains from setting in and becoming permanent. To thoroughly clean your car seats, start by vacuuming between them and along the seams. This will help to get rid of built-up grime. Next, use a soft cloth to apply leather cleaner to your seats. If you have any stubborn stains, you may use a soft bristled brush to tackle them. Be careful, though, not to scratch the seats. Removing stains and discoloration right away can help preserve your leather seats for many years.

Car Seat Repair

At The SeatFixerMN, we know there comes a time in every car seat’s life where a tear, scratch or stain will occur. Some amount of wear and tear is bound to happen, especially if you frequently use your car. Choosing to have your car seats professionally repaired ensures a quality repair job. We will be able to match the color of your existing interior and expertly complete the repairs. Do-it-yourself kits may seem like a good option to you, but most times, they are not the best investment. You won’t even notice you had work done if you come to us!

Schedule an appointment to have your car seats repaired today by calling 612-590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Why Avoid DIY Auto Interior Repairs

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One of the jobs we recently finished up was repairing a leather motorcycle seat:

We love the way it turned out and you can’t tell that there used to be a rip. We’re also glad the owner brought it to us and did not try to repair it themselves. It would have made for a more difficult – and expensive – job had we needed to fix the original rip and the DIY repair efforts.

Unless you have vast experience with auto interior repairs, it’s not something you should take on as a project. Here are a few reasons why auto upholstery is best left in the hands of the professionals:

Less expensive to just bring it to us in the first place

We sometimes get projects that started off as a DIY effort. However, once the person realized they were not capable of doing the job properly, they brought it to us to be fixed. Unfortunately for them, they ended paying more than they would originally have as we had to repair the original damage AND the damage from their efforts.

It’s an art

Many of the DIY kits, books and articles out there don’t give any credit to the professionals who have worked very hard to master their craft. We know not only how to repair the upholstery, but  know if a seat frame is broken, if any foam needs replaced and if a seat cover doesn’t fit right.

The SeatFixerMN – like other auto upholsters out there – has the skills, tools and talent to get the job done right the FIRST time.

DIY projects often look like DIY projects

If you want the job to look like it was done by a professional, then you need to have it done by a professional. Otherwise, you risk having your efforts look like they were done by following directions found online.

Want a pro to repair your interior? Give us a call at (612) 590-7870 or Request a Free Estimate.

Auto Interior Repair: Best Left to the Professionals

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How the interior of your car looks says a lot about your auto. Whether it’s a late model SUV or a restored classic, the interior is what makes the inside what it is. Maintaining this is as easy as keeping it clean, but should your seats or interior suffer from punctures or tears, you have a serious problem that will become worse if not fixed.

DIY Kits

Each kind of upholstery requires unique techniques when it comes to repairs. Some of the DIY repair kits are not very good, while there are some that do an adequate job when used by an individual with the skills. However, it’s important to remember that auto interior repair is an art form, not just a mechanical repair.

If you want to try to do your own repairs, let it be known that most of the DIY repairs are not very successful in terms of looks. They should be used only for small rips or punctures, as most are not designed for larger tears. The end result most of the time, however, comes out looking like a repair.

Going pro

If the appearance of your vehicle is very important to you, then it’s best to take it to a professional instead of trying to go the do-it-yourself route. The damage done by unsuccessful DIY attempts often leads to a much larger repair job by the professional, and often costs more than one would have spent just by taking it to a professional in the first place.

While many get satisfaction from doing the job themselves (especially when it relates to cars), auto interior repair is one area that is best left to a professional.

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