We got our start in 1987 repairing leather interiors for auto dealerships and body shops in Southern California with the products now known as Rub ‘n Restore®. CC discovered that tiny beads of wet super glue, when sanded, corrected minor nicks and cat scratches in leather upholstery. Her clients were shocked that such a simple method yielded flawless results. Ron Mangus Interiors even featured CC and her method in his exquisite manual, Custom Auto Interiors.
Lesandre (daughter) demonstrates the method on this steering wheel.
- 0:12 – Clean
- 0:30 – Repair small tears and dents with super glue and sandpaper
- 2:47 – Repair deeper gouges with an epoxy made from super glue and baking soda
- 4:53 – Polish
- 5:15 – Color test
- 5:52 – Texturizing
- 6:55 – Advanced texturizing
- 7:57 – Spraying the color
More substantial damage, like this hole in Bill’s Silverado, or vinyl are best repaired with a flexible filler. It’s less work and maintenance to restore the original color, and our Custom Color service is highly recommended for auto interiors.
However, Brianne restored the entire interior with our stock Beige. A $300 detailing could not rejuvenate the leather.
Brian restored this gear shift with Black, which is a universal color in auto interiors. He could always go back and fill the few remaining gouges using the Sandpaper-Super-Glue Method demonstrated in the video.
Mike ordered a Custom Color to restore the discolored vinyl to its original fresh mint.
Our leather colors double as a conditioning sunscreen that’s also great for exterior vinyl, plastic, and rubber—everything from convertible tops and tonneau covers to sun-rotted bedliners, bumpers, and trim.
Learn how to:
- repair holes,
- repair perforated leather,
- repair cracking vinyl,
- repair a cracked dash,
- re-stitch seams,
- correct sticky leather or vinyl, and
- restore plastic.
Our finishes are water-based acrylics. Consider a heavier urethane or aerosol coating for color changing auto interiors.