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                                                          Thanks for stopping in to see one of the most comprehensive help sites on automotive interior repair, upholstery refurbishment and restoration. Specializing in leather repair, leather dying, leather cleaning and conditioning, vinyl repair, cloth repair, carpet cleaning and dying, plastic repair and painting, and any other type of automotive interior help needed to keep your car looking show room ready. Here at Automotive Interior Repair with The Interior Guy you will climb into my world of automotive interior upholstery repair , refurbishment, and preservation.

 mikeheadshotsm   Hi, I'm Mike the owner of The Interior Guy. Since 1999 I have built my mobile interior repair business on quality, integrity, and honesty. I give my customers only the best of the best. I have put together some great content with tips for the auto interior repair professionals and the automotive do it your self-r's at home. Each Blog Article is packed with information and recommended products for doing your interior repairs or just keeping your car's interior clean to preserve it's life. No stone gets unturned here with me. Attention to detail is top priority with The Interior Guy. The whole idea of this site is to help you "Do it Right the First Time". I hope your stay is informative and you get the answers you were looking for in your journey to automotive interior perfection. Thanks again for stopping by and feel to contact me anytime. Mike "TIG" Warren Owner and Operator The Interior Guy, LLC. Techs looking for the top of line products, Automotive Interior Repair Products are HERE!!! Visit the "Product" tab at the top for all your Professional Automotive Interior Repair and Automotive Detailing needs! 

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I have a question...can the inside ceiling be repaired if I get a rip in it??....I'm talking about the carpet-like material above my head when I sit in my car....Please inform me if this can be repaired...thx..

It all depends on the size of the tear. If it's larger then say 2" then I would recommend you replace the material. Any larger and a repair won't look right. I've repaired tears and they are probably the most difficult to repair, you always seem to end up with a crevice like area due to the fact of the headliner material being stretched. Cuts just don't mend well.
Now one thing I will tell you with a repair on a is a temporary fix... so if you rub the area it will rub off, like cleaning ect. But being it is on the headliner there won't be a lot of traffic like a seat and if you careful a repair can last a while.
For a repair like I'm talking about a professional like myself should be able to handle this with ease. If replacement is needed a local upholstery shop should be able to take care of that for you.
Hope this helps out and let me know if there's anything else :)

Talk to ya soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

Checking if you recieved samples ok? Give me a call if you get time.
Jon 267-228-5682 Leather Refinishing

I sure did and thank you for a great product. I look forward to doing more business with you in the future!
The dyes are great! They finish out just like I wanted.

Talk to you soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

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I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I have enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

Thanks for the information

I've been looking for a website just like this for a long time.  Thank you for taking the time to create and maintain this...never easy when you have so much to do.

Great post. I've been looking for this exact information for a while now. Bookmarked!

Hi Mike, excellent tutorial, yes i did learn new tricks,
Mike i`m in South Africa, here the climate is very harsh,
to hot in summer, very often, we find lots of dashboards
with cracks,included my own, i try-id all kind of products to fill the cracks, all when well up to the point of "finishing" and match the grain, please any advise on this matter?

Hey! Wow South Africa! I bet the climate is harsh... Well it's great to hear from you!
The grain is a very hard thing to achieve when it comes to repairs. At times you won't always be able to match the grain perfectly. I have used the SEM Texture Coat with a matching grain pad and pressed it into the spray right as it flashes but not dry and been able to match pretty close if not perfect at times. Another way you might try is the wet grain method with the Wet Grain Slicker from Viper Products, I'm sure they could ship there. Getting your repair as smooth and level as possible and at least getting some sort of grain pattern to your repair without making it really standout usually will trick the eye enough to get a pretty good result and a happy customer.
Have you used the Padded Dash Filler from Urethane Supply Company ? It works really well and is designed to be flexible to withstand the heat that dashes take. I use it all the time and the SEM Texture Coat works well with it. In fact I just finished a dash out of a 78 Monte Carlo, it had multiple cracks and a color change at that. I'm hoping to write an article on it soon. So check back soon and I'll see if I can get it up there for you to see, got lots of pics too so that should help out a little more also.
Well I wish you luck on your grain quest, it takes time and remember they can't always be salvaged and brought back to the exact grain, it's still a repair, not new...All we can do is try too hide it the best we can.
If you need anything else, don't hesitate to get back with me either here, email or even my forum...

Talk to ya soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy
Automotive Interior Repair Professional

I just saved your blog to my favorites! Just forwarded it to some of my friends. Thanks again for another great post.

I was wondering, I have a 1995 vehicle, could you update my interior from cloth to leather??

I don't but I kind send you to a place that can... ...these guys have one of the best fitting aftermarket leather kits I've seen, they have a installer finder on there site that can help you find someone in your area to help you out.
I hope this helps :)

Talk to you soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy
Automotive Interior Repair Professional

This is my first time to visit your blog and I would say you share nice information. You definitely do research and write very well. Keep it up!

I just wanted to know if you provide an eBook or something like that. Additionally do you have an RSS Feed? I want to subscribe to it so I can keep on receiving fresh info. Once again thank you so much for posting this info. Maintain the great work!

Hi, I just bought a 2002 Aurora and the interior needs work done. I wanted to know where I should go and about how much should I expect to pay?

Great to hear from you...
Go to your local car dealer and check with them to see if they have a recommendation for a person like myself in your area. Now as far as cost, that of course is going to depend on what all needs done. If you have any pictures you could send me I could give you a better idea :)

Talk to ya soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy
Automotive Interior Professional

First try a little dawn dish soap and warm water with a Scotch Brite pad and scrub the area lightly. If this doesn't break it then your gonna have to a little stronger. Take a Q-tip with a little nail polish remover and rub the ink spot, now this should cut it but it will take a little dye off too so be careful and not soak the area. Now if this doesn't work then that means the ink has soaked into the leather and the only fix is to have the area dyed. Good luck with your ink spot and hope this helps.

Hello! completed going through some of your posts, which I found entirely by mistake while doing a bit of online research for some of my projects. Please write lots more, since it's rare that somebody has something appealing to say about this. Will be watching for more!

good articles

Wow good info, thank you. This is what i looking for.

Nice site.

The public needs to learn that their interior pieces (cig burns, worn bolsters, worn steering wheels) can be repaired for a fraction of the cost of replacement.

Any suggestions for cigarette burns? Is it a total redux kind of job?

Please, how do I remove ball point pen ink from leather seat of a BMW?

Hi Mike-
Great site to help people out. I just discovered a piece of lipstick that melted with the heat on my white leather seats in my Cadillac (it's 2 inches long). Do you have any ideas on how to remove it? I'm afraid to touch it yet for fear of spreading it and making it worst. I appreciate your help and time if you have any ideas.

Thank You!

Can the plastic part around the window control be replaced. I also need new sun visors because they are broke. How much do you think it would cost on a 2002 Dodge Stratus 4 door?

Sure they can be replaced, you can check your local dealer or even the junk yards. To remove them you should be able to take a small pry bar and pop them right out, then unplug the switches and then swap the switch's out to the new ones. Just be careful not to poke a hole in the vinyl removing them, maybe wrap the pry bar with a towel. I think they come out from the rear of the switch panel, so that's where you would pry first from. Well I hope this helps out.

Talk to ya soon,
Mike - The Interior Guy

could you give me some ideas on where i can find good info on color mixing, i cannot leave town thanks joe

Hello This is a great blog keep your good work and thank you for hvar in with me So nice to hear frome you.Thanks!

I haven't been able to find anything that will repair or fix cigarette burns. This is something that I have from previous owners in both my Lexus and Corvette. So any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

It's nice site and nice content.

Hello Mike,
Just wondering what is should I be using on my dashboard,and vinyl parts of my seats to keep them looking nice? What types of products should I stay away from? Also I have a couple of chunks taken out of the vinyl and foam on my door, is their any thing that I can use to fix this problem? Last thing I have some burn marks in the seat not the whole way through from the previous owner, can I repair that? All these repairs are for my 2001 Malibu. I have one question about my 06 explore, I have black marks on some of the plastic interior sides that is from my three boys hockey sticks. Then black hockey tape on the sticks is came off on to the plastic sides in the cargo area. I have scrubbed it with dish soap and hot water and even tried a magic eraser, but some of the marks are still there. Any suggestions?

Thank you
Matt Kramer


I have a 1997 Toyota T-100 truck and the material on my door panels has started to peel back around the door handles and it is stained on the arm rests...if I send you pictures can you help?


Definitely! Send away...I've seen this before and it can be a tough fix if the vinyl has shrunk. If this has happened you might have to take it to an upholstery shop and see if they can re wrap the door or a new door panel may in order. Just send me a pic though and I'll see what ya got first before I start sending you off somewhere. It may just be a matter of re-gluing the vinyl back. So talk to ya soon....

Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

Well unfortunately there's not a cleaner that is going to take the imprint out. I have run across this before, in fact in a brand new Cadillac not to long ago. It left a nice tread mark right across the back seat. The tire was only in the car for over night but the damage was done.
What has happened is the oils from the tire have penetrated the leather deep under the dye, which means that no cleaner will remove the imprint without removing the dye first. So the only way to remove the stain is to dye over the top of it. A professional like myself can do it for you for a minimal cost, this isn't a big job. Or if your crafty you could probably do it also. Just send me some pictures to my email and if I can get the color right I'll send you the supplies to get it done. :)
Talk to you soon....

Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

i stared for quite a while at the BMW topdown at the top. i've always been a fan of BMW cars with their sleek design and bad ass wheelywheels. absolutely drool-worthy. lovin it.

My 2001 BMW 330 CI interior cloth is starting to come off. I think the heat outside has something to do with it but simple glueing or taping does not work since the cloth is now wrinkled in different areas. I assume I should take it into a professional for repair? or are there any repair kits in auto shops to fix this.


great post. My headliner is falling down due to water damage (sunroof leaks) any advice?


1992 Chevy Cavalier. Daughter tore off the headliner exposing all the fiberglass underneath. I've decided to remove it entirely and recover it myself. I'm stuck however on getting the dome light out. The cover is removed and I've found two simple screws on either side of the bulb but they just turn and turn. What's the trick?

Thanks in advance!

Not really sure on this model of car, I usually don't replace headliners much, but I think I know what the problem may be and that's the screw threads are probably stripped a bit. If you can get a pair of needle nosed pliers or a flat screw driver wedged in behind them while you screw them out this might help. You may have to drill them out if not. But there should be only those couple of screws holding it up. Most either attach to the board itself or to the roof by either a couple of clips or screws like yours. Well I wish you luck on this I know things like that can be frustrating and a bit of a booger being above your head like that, feeling your pain.

Talk to ya soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

How do I repair my vinyl upholstery on the interior door panel of a BMW 335i 1996. The super glue is not working with the vinyl and cardboard. Thanks

Hey man great to hear from you! Well without a picture I really can't give you much advice on the use of super glue on your door panel. Super Glue is not always a great fix for vinyl. I usually will only use it as a last resort, or on an edge that I know won't mend well with a repair compound. If you can email me a picture of your door panel I'll see what may be needed to repair it correctly.

Talk to you soon,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

Hey Tig,
i have been in the touch-up business since 1986 and added interior cleaning and small repairs 4 years ago.
The guy i origionaly sent to fl for training is long gone and I am working on a new business model for mobile interior restoration.
I am in need for training for myself and a new hire. I am still going to concentrate on the paint work, but I need to know how to train new hires.
I will discuss the business model with you over the phone if thats OK. Too much to type.Please call when you have time
Thanks ,
Skip Durham
Pro Paint Repair

I eventually decided to post a comment, and let me tell you this is yet another very powerful post. I have been browsing some of your past discussions and have been browsing your website every now and then|Hola, I love your page.

My husband put a tire in the back seat of our civic. We have tan leather seats. It left a huge tire print. How can I clean it?

Hey, I am the first time on this website and am truly enthusiastic about so many great articles. I think its simply very good.

What's up man...I have a 1993 es300 I just brought(purchased) and the interior needs to be replaced...what would be the better thing to do...should I replace it or get seat covers. And if it needs to be replace where's a good place to get quotes from

I would go check out your local Upholstery Shop and see if they can help you out. Seat covers to me are a temporary fix to a permanent problem. An Upholstery Shop can replace sections of the seat or the entire covers if needed and bring your car back to it's original state. I do a lot of work with my local shops here doing dye work and such when they replace sections in seats to bring the leather back to new again. But ya go check out your local Upholstery Shops before you consider wasting your money on covers.

Talk to ya,
Mike Warren - The Interior Guy

I have a 2002 VW Passat wagon, tan leather interior. The dash panel material is cracked between the dash panel and the glove compartment door. Can this be repaired without replacing the entire panel?

Many thanks!