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Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit

Part No. 81781 Warranty  
A complete professional kit with plug-in electric heat iron to make pro-style repairs. Contains professional electric heat tool, 7 color compounds, clear vinyl adhesive and filler, grain pattern paper, metal spatula and plastic dashboard hardening powder. 
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PermatexPro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit
 
3.5

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1.0

Don't waste your time

By Dave O.

from Jacksonville Fl.

About Me Mechanic

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        Comments about Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit:

        I put on the filler and it bubbled up and I cut it off and re applied it did it again.After many lite aplications I used the color compound after 3 tries with the heat iron and giving it different time up to 3 min the last time I was able to wipe it all off with a dry rag after it cooled.Don't waste your time.

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        4.0

        Decent product

        By JEA105

        from Cary, NC

        About Me Casual Driver

        Verified Buyer
        Level 1

        Pros

        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Restoration

          Comments about Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit:

          I used this product to patch some small (~3/16") holes in the door panels of a 1992 Mercedes 300D. Mixing the color to match worked out well. The repaired area doesn't quite look new, but looks dramatically better than before. I'm usually skeptical of products like this, but took a chance on this one and am glad that I did.

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          5.0

          Leather repair kit

          By Carlos

          from Texas

          About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • DURABLE
          • Easy To Install
          • Easy to use
          • Functional
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Restoration

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          4.0

          repair kit

          By cshook

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Casual Driver

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                Comments about Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit:

                This works good, take time to practice, only use the guide as a rough reference to color - actually sit in car to color match, main thing make sure end of heating iron is screwed on good. It says to tape it in place - but tape won't stick to it (I tried Duct tape)- it does cool fast so you won't have to hold it long. Best part if it doesn't look right you can redo it.

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                • Q:

                  Can this product be used to repair a tear in my backseat?
                  Asked on 1/9/2014 by bradty from saratoga springs

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                    A:

                    Hi Bradty, glad to assist you! Permatex Ultra Series Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit clamshell is a complete professional kit with plug-in electric heat iron to make pro-style repairs. This kit contains: professional electric heat tool, 7 color compounds, clear vinyl adhesive and filler, grain pattern paper, metal spatula, and plastic dashboard hardening powder. Make virtually invisible repairs to upholstery, seats, dashboards, etc. for auto, home, and marine applications with Permatex’ repair kits.

                    Answered on 1/10/2014 by Steve from AAP
                • Q:

                  Can this product be used/applied during cold weather. i.e. live in minnesota and it is november.

                  I have multiple cracks on the side of the driver's seat and one forming along the seam on the back of the driver's seat. Will this repair an area that has multiple cracks.
                  Asked on 11/17/2013 by jan

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                    A:

                    Hi Jan, great question! yes, this vinyl and leather repair kit can be used in cold weather and should work fine for your application.

                    Answered on 11/17/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                • Q:

                  I stained my pants with the vinyl. Tips for removal?
                  Asked on 9/12/2013 by Danny

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                    A:

                    Hi Danny, to remove the stains caused when using the Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit - Part No. 81781 you can follow these steps: Soak in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. (Omit vinegar when treating cotton and linen.) Let soak for 15 minutes and rinse well with water. Sponge cotton or linen only with rubbing alcohol. Rinse well and launder as soon as possible. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                    Answered on 9/16/2013 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                • Q:

                  Does this kit work for tears only. I have hole on a chair and the material is missing. Does this kit have the materials to fix a hole?
                  Asked on 6/10/2013 by Kevin from Tomball, Tx

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                    Sorry, this Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit - part# 81781 does not work to repair a hole on a chair. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                    Answered on 6/11/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this product repair worn out areas,not torn, on my leather couch. Don't know if this will work better than the NuLeather stuff on the internet that dries without a heat gun
                  Asked on 2/6/2013 by cubano from Portland, TN

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                    The Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit (Part No. 81781) is a complete professional kit with plug-in electric heat iron. Product Features: Kit contains professional electric heat tool, 7 color compounds, clear vinyl adhesive and filler, grain pattern paper, metal spatula, and plastic dashboard hardening powder. Suggested Applications: Vinyl and leather car upholstery, dashboards, vinyl tops, marine upholstery, luggage. Make pro-style repairs. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                    Answered on 2/6/2013 by Steve from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this work to repair a tear in a snowmobile seat?
                  About 2" long 3/8 wide tear.
                  Thanks
                  Asked on 1/17/2013 by Greg from Oxford, NY

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                    The Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit (Part No. 81781) can be used on Vinyl and leather car upholstery, dashboards, vinyl tops, marine upholstery, luggage. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                    Answered on 1/17/2013 by Steve from AAP
                • Q:

                  can i use this for my leather couch?
                  Asked on 11/21/2012 by maher

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                    Yes, this Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit - part# 81781 should work fine on your leather couch. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                    Answered on 11/22/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                • Q:

                  I have a scratch on my leather wrapped steering wheel from my zipper when getting into the drivers seat. It's fairly small but I can feel it on there every time I drive. Will this product work for small scratches on a leather steering wheel?
                  Asked on 11/12/2012 by P-dogg from Morgantown, WV

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                    A:

                    This part Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit, Part No. 81781 repairs cracks and tears in dashboards, upholstery and vinyl tops. The kit contains assorted colored resin compounds, an adhesive curing compound, filler and a heat transfer tool. TYPICAL APPLICATIONS are: • Dashboards, • Upholstery, • Infant car seats, • Chairs, • Stools, • Marine Upholstery, • Luggage.
                    For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                    Answered on 11/12/2012 by Aaron from AAP
                • Q:

                  Can it be used on a purse? I have a split in my purse that has a pattern,can this do a clear repair?
                  Asked on 10/19/2012 by Tink from Melbourne,FL

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                    This part Permatex Pro-Style Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit, Part No. 81781 repairs cracks and tears in dashboards, upholstery and vinyl tops. The kit contains assorted colored resin compounds, an adhesive curing compound, filler and a heat transfer tool. product benefits: • Easy to use, • Matches popular colors and grains, • Does not migrate during cure, typical applications: • Dashboards, • Upholstery, • Infant car seats, • Chairs, • Stools, • Marine Upholstery, • Luggage.
                    For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                    Answered on 10/19/2012 by Aaron from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this product work to repair a burn on a leather seat?
                  Asked on 4/21/2012 by Anonymous

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                    Permatex “Pro-Style” Vinyl & Leather Repair Kit repairs cracks and tears in dashboards, upholstery and vinyl tops. The kit contains assorted colored resin compounds, an adhesive curing compound, filler and a heat transfer tool., PRODUCT BENEFITS: • Easy to use., • Matches popular colors and grains., • Does not migrate during cure., TYPICAL APPLICATIONS: • Dashboards., • Upholstery., • Infant car seats., • Chairs., • Stools., • Marine Upholstery., • Luggage., DIRECTIONS FOR USE:Always make a practice repair on vinyl sample (in kit) before making an actual repair. Read all 7 steps of instructions before using the repair kit. 1. PREPARE THE DAMAGED AREA. Clean the area with a strong household cleaner. Make sure the area is dry before starting the repair work. Trim off frayed or excess threads with a razor blade or knife. If burn damaged, remove charred material with razor or knife. 2. INSERT CLOTH BACKING FABRIC. NOTE: Very small (less than ¼ inch) cuts, burns or holes do not require cloth backing fabric. Cut the fabric slightly larger than the damage. Use the spatula to insert it into and under the damage to provide support for the repair. 3. SELECT THE GRAIN PAPER. Enclosed are three (3) grain patterns; fine, course and medium. Select the grain pattern paper closest to that of your damaged vinyl. Draw an outline of the damaged area on the top side of the grain paper. This will allow you to position the heat transfer tool accurately. 4. FILL THE DAMAGE. Use the Clear Vinyl Adhesive and Filler and spatula to fill in damaged area to level surface. Allow 4 hours to dry. The adhesive will shrink slightly when dry, leaving a void which will be filled in with the colored repair compound. 5. MATCHING THE COLOR. One of the seven (7) color repair containers may be close enough to the color of the damaged vinyl to make the repair. If so, use it directly from the container. If not, while the clear Vinyl Adhesive and Filler is drying, mix and match the color of your vinyl using the colormatching chart on the back of the kit package. Mix the colors in small amounts with the spatula until the correct shade is obtained. Check the color match by rubbing a small amount of the color onto the undamaged vinyl, and then remove it with a rag. 6. APPLYING THE COLOR REPAIR COMPOUND. Prior to applying the color compound, determine if your repair will be for a “soft” area, like a seat, or for a “hard” area, like an interior door panel. If the repair is for a “hard” area, add approximately 20% of the included hardener material to the color matching compound. Stir this in thoroughly and apply as per the following instructions. If the repair is for a “soft” area, do not use the included hardener. Use the spatula to evenly and neatly apply the repair compound into the damaged area. Spread a thin layer onto the undamaged vinyl and feather the edges to make the surface smooth and even. Correct application of the repair compound is necessary to produce an excellent repair job. Wipe up any excess from around the hole or damage. DO NOT OVERFILL THE DAMAGED AREA. Filling the surface evenly is very important, and care should be taken to do it properly. Use less repair compound, not more. It is easy to add more later if necessary. Tape the grain paper over the uncured color compound making sure the outline is directly over the damaged area. 7. HEAT CURING THE REPAIR. This is the most important step of the repair process. Plug in the heat transfer tool and allow 4 minutes to warm up. This is a constant heat source. NEVER LET THE HEAT TOOL DIRECTLY TOUCH THE VINYL. After the electric tool is heated, place the hot metal tip on the grain paper over the drawn outline of the damage. Rotate the heated tool on the grain paper outline in a circular motion for 35 - 45 seconds. Care must be taken not to OVERHEAT the grain paper. Heat must be applied to each and every section where the grain paper covers the repair compound. (This includes the area surrounding the outlined area) Remove the electric tool but not the grain paper. REMOVE THE PAPER ONLY AFTER FULLY COOLED (1 – 2 minutes). If the area repaired is sticky or tacky after cooling, simply repeat step 7 above. If there are any defects or pin holes in the repair, simply fill in more colored repair compound and repeat step 7. NOTE: See product package for additional tips for a successful repair. For Cleanup 1. Wipe any excess repair compound off with a dry rag. 2. Clean hands with a dry cloth or Permatex Fast Orange hand cleaner.

                    Answered on 4/22/2012 by Aaron from AAP
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