Archive for January, 2013

Seat Burn Repair Costs

January 14, 2013

If you are unfortunate enough to have a seat burn in your car and have tried to get it fixed then you know how difficult it can be from finding someone that is good at what they do, to having the time off work to have it done, it can be a costly exercise.

The most important factor in the costing for a seat burn repair is the type of repair that you have carried out. For example there are two main techniques you can use to repair a seat burn

1. Fibre repair
This repair technique is the most popular for its the cheapest to have done with prices starting from £35 and can be carried out by a mobile service that come to your home or place of work to carry out the job., This techniques is used widely within the motor trade circles on new cars, hire car returns and trade ins, the whole process takes no longer than 1 hour and can be sat on within an hour. The process involves placing matching fibres in the burn hole, slowly building up the layers with an adhesive until it’s at the desired level. The repair itself is not 100% unnoticeable but if you are not looking at it or for it then you wouldn’t see it.

2. Reupholster repair
This is the more expensive of the two techniques with prices starting from £150 (depending upon size and location). The results though speak for themselves with the repair being virtually perfect. The process involves removing a section of the seat fabric that has the burn mark in from the stitching and replacing it with a matching piece. The downsides would obviously be the price and that you would have to take the car to them, meaning time off work and you would be without the car for a period of time.

Deciding on what technique to go for depends entirely on you the customer and what your desired outcomes are. So if you are a perfectionist and just can’t bear to see it, then go for the more costly technique. But if you just want the damage covered over or you are selling the vehicle then it would be wise to go for the fibre technique.

DIY Mistakes

January 7, 2013

Most jobs that we carry out are straight forward and simple such as bumper scuffs, scratches, dents and chips, on the occasion we do get to repair more varied types of damage such as in this case of a DIY job gone wrong.

This customer lived in north London and had a scratch on the door edge of his silver car, he decided to repair the scratch himself.  The filling and prep work had been done to a good standard (but that’s the easy part) but the hardest part (painting blending and lacquering) was yet to come. Without all the correct equipment, materials and training it’s virtually impossible to paint and lacquer the repair to a satisfactory finish which he found out. He eventually admitted defeat and called our mobile scratch repair service to come to North London and fix what he had done. Below are photos of the damage and the subsequent repair.

Scratch Damage

Car Body Repairs 4 Less repaired the problem

If you have a scratch on your car and are thinking of repairing the damage yourself, make sure you have all the equipment and materials for the job for it could end up costing you more to fix if you make mistakes. Send us your photos and we will give you a quote on sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk or fill out or Car Body Repair Quote form