Held together with spit and baling wire probably has a Mexican equivalent somewhere. I’ve certainly seen enough ingenious fixes in our Merida sojourn. I’ve even done more than my share of them. Once when my Buick blew a hose outside of Buttonwillow, my traveling companion and I used a plastic pencil case and some duct tape to make emergency repairs. The mechanic didn’t have the right hose, but he had one that worked so that’s the one we used. The mechanic said that he couldn’t charge me labor because it wasn’t the right part. At that time Buttonwillow was just a wide spot in the road offering a couple of gas stations, a Motel 6 and your choice of burgers, my friend and I were probably the cutest things he’d seen in awhile and that may have had more to do with the discount than the suitability of the hose. That hose was still in that ‘73 Skylark in ‘79 when a spontaneous electrical fire sent it on it’s way. It was Las Vegas and cute girls weren’t as novel so the car got sold as a project car.
I still have a fondness for duct tape repairs. However, as I found with my duct tape double, duct tape doesn’t stay stuck in our climate. When one of our office chairs started to show wear and tear, I tried to repair it with duct tape. It worked okay but it wasn’t all that esthetically pleasing. I solved the problem by using electrical tape instead.This fix worked for about a year.
This tutorial featured a chair with arms like mine, though it was for a slipcover rather than reupholstering it’s the one that I sort of followed.
I did have a big face palm moment when I realized that I could have removed the arms and replaced the fabric instead of winding tape around them. It took me longer to find an Allen wrench than it it did to unscrew everything.
I removed the old piping and cut off some of the bunched material but I didn’t remove the old pleather because it was bonded to the foam.
I had to take some tucks in the top and I didn’t shape it as much as I should have but it’s serviceable.
The fabric is definitely better to sit on than the fake leather.