How to Hide a Burn Mark in Auto Upholstery

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How to Hide a Burn Mark in Auto Upholstery
Improve the appearance of your vehicle by covering burn marks. (yellow car, a honda Japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from

After years of wear and tear and perhaps being passed around from one owner to the next, your vehicle may have some damage. One particularly offensive type of damage is a burn mark in your vehicle's upholstery. Having the upholstery replaced, however, is expensive. Instead, the burn mark can be dealt with cheaper by stitching it and possibly covering it up yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Needle and thread
  • Seat cover

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  1. 1

    Thread a short needle with a large eye by tying a figure-8 knot through the eye. Make sure you use a durable thread, such as quilting thread.

  2. 2

    Stitch one side of the burn mark to the other using the needle and thread. Use a backstitch to secure the thread initially, and then spread each stitch 1/16-inch apart from the last one. This may require several stitches, depending on the size of the burn mark.

  3. 3

    Cover the burn mark with a decorative seat cover. The stitch may be fine on its own for a while, but a seat cover is a safe bet to make sure the stitch doesn't unravel and the burn mark doesn't turn into a large tear. You can choose a seat cover that reflects your individual taste and personality while covering the offensive burn mark at the same time.

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