If the vinyl upholstery that covers the cushioning on your lounge chairs has torn, prevent the cushioning from being exposed to moisture by patching the vinyl with the repair steps below. By doing so, you can continue to relax in the chair until you have the upholstery replaced by a professional.
Supplies You Will Need
- vinyl cleaning agent
- non-abrasive sponge
- waterproof thread
- tapestry needle
- safety pin
- artist's paintbrush
- liquid epoxy
- self-adhesive waterproof patch
- plastic scraper
Clean And Mend The Vinyl
Use a vinyl cleaning agent to slightly dampen one side of a non-abrasive sponge. Move the sponge over the portion of the fabric that is damaged to eliminate dust particles or stains. Use a towel to dry the vinyl.
Thread a tapestry needle with a piece of waterproof thread that is a couple feet long. Double the thread before knotting the two ends. Temporarily secure the tear in the fabric by inserting a safety pin through both layers of the vinyl. Use the tapestry needle to thread the two torn pieces of the vinyl together. Trim and knot the thread when finished and remove the safety pin.
Apply Liquid Epoxy Over The Mended Vinyl
Although the thread is waterproof and won't be likely to fray or come loose from the vinyl fabric, add additional protection to the mended area by applying liquid epoxy to the thread's surface. Use a thin paintbrush to apply the epoxy evenly across the mended area. Use a damp cloth to remove epoxy if it is accidentally brushed across a portion of the fabric that you didn't intend to apply the product to.
Wait for the epoxy to dry thoroughly. The epoxy will form a waterproof barrier and will prevent water from seeping into through the damaged area if it wasn't sewn shut all of the way.
Measure The Mended Vinyl And Attach A Waterproof Patch
Measure the length and width of the vinyl fabric that was repaired. Purchase a self-adhesive waterproof patch that is made out of vinyl and that is a similar color to the original upholstery so that once the patch is attached, the mended area won't be very noticeable. Remove the paper backing from the patch. Carefully line the patch up over the mended area before pressing the adhesive side of the patch against the vinyl upholstery. If there are any creases in the surface of the patch, eliminate them by moving the edge of a plastic scraper across the patch.