How to Repair a Burn in a Car Seat

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How to Repair a Burn in a Car Seat
Small car upholstry burns can be patched up. (seat belt receptacle image by Albert Lozano from

Unsightly burn holes will ruin the look of your car's interior and decrease its resale value. Car seat burns are common, especially in vehicles owned by smokers. Once you learn how to repair these burns, you will never have to spend money at upholstery shops or on furniture repair kits.

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Things you need

  • Damp rag
  • Craft scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Sponge foam
  • Fabric glue

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  1. 1

    Moisten the burn hole using a damp rag. Burn holes are very dry and crisp. Moistening the area softens the upholstery making it easier to work with. Dab the hole with your rag until the water slightly soaks through the seat.

  2. 2

    Cut or scrape the burn off using small craft scissors or a sharp knife. Work around the hole until all burn marks are gone.

  3. 3

    Fill the hole with sponge foam. This pads the area of the seat where the material was burnt off. Cut a tiny piece of foam and completely fill the hole with it.

  4. 4

    Cut a patch of fabric from underneath your car seat. Most car seats have excess fabric underneath them. Lift your seat and cut a small piece off.

  5. 5

    Put fabric glue on the cut cloth and place it over the burn hole. Start with a tiny dab of glue and add additional glue if needed.

  6. 6

    Press fabric firmly into the car seat and allow it to dry completely. Give the seat at least 24 hours to dry.

  7. 7

    Cut off overlapping fabric. Use your craft scissors to gently cut away the excess cloth around the patch.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase fabric the same colour as your car upholstery if you do not find excess fabric underneath your seat.
  • Sponge foam is available at most craft stores. If you cannot find sponge foam, use a small piece of carpet to fill the burn hole.

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