Thanks. I've been honing this for a long time. I started out with those horrible kits. I've come a long way since then, all through trial and error.That’s a very interesting technique, I’ve never seen that done before! I’ve tried some vinyl repair kits that looked horrible when done. Your repair is very discreet.
Yes. It is a remarkable product. It's what the professionals use.You spray paint the repair with that satin black? And it sticks?
I’ve used that SEM stuff and may have some on hand. Great stuff!Yes. It is a remarkable product. It's what the professionals use.
It was created for car interiors. It can be used on almost any interior car surface. Vinyls, plastics, fabrics, even rugs. It comes in lots of colors, and can be used to change the color of any of the materials I listed. It is excellent as a color-changer -- a thin coat will give great coverage, even when applying a light color over a dark one.
For a really permanent repair, you are supposed to use a SEM cleaning product, and then a SEM prep product, but the SEM Color Coat does a good job by itself, just using soap or alcohol as a cleaner.
There are lots of different forum users and YouTubers who have done entire motorcycle seats with it. It may need touching up after a couple of years.
One thing I really like about SEM Color Coat is how user-friendly it is. It is almost impossible to screw up the application. It has tremendous resistance to sagging. It looks good whether applied thickly or thinly or unevenly. It dries within minutes.
It is essential to my seat repair method. The Black RTV Silicone is not robust, and requires the SEM as a protective coating.
SEM color coat is not a filling agent. It will not fill in or smooth-over pinholes or blemishes. You need to make sure that your seat repair is exactly like you want it before you use it. After the RTV application cures, I spend a lot of time fine-tuning with a variety of tiny spatulas and tools, adding tiny dabs of RTV to correct gaps and imperfections. I'll get into that in a future post.
though I've done pretty good with the "crappy" vinyl repair kits.
Glad to hear that you've liked the results you got from the kits.Not sure if they still do but Wally World used to sell a vinyl seat repair kit with a variety of common color types premixed.
Used one on a few items with some success. I always removed the cover, or enough of it to get access to the back side. Glued a piece of fabric backed vinyl there and let it cure, holding the gap as closed as possible.
Once that was set up I would apply the black goop, then apply one of the various texture patches that most closely represented the finished product and used the heat iron supplied.
I've done a couple seats and a really long gash in the vinyl covered hard bags on my wife's bike. At a casual glance the repairs aren't noticeable. If you know they're there then you can spot them but most have never seen them
I showed results using SEM Color Coat back in my "Repairing Plastic" thread:I’ve used that SEM stuff and may have some on hand. Great stuff!