How to Repair Leather

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How to Repair Leather

The comfortable texture of a leather garment or furniture piece makes it an attractive choice for many consumers. The luxurious comfort is also why leather products tend to command a higher price. While proper care keeps leather products in top condition for a long time, tears, rips, and holes occur on occasion. Luckily, there are many ways you can clean and repair leather yourself to save money. With a wide variety of leather products available, it is difficult to decipher which is best. Before purchasing the proper leather repair kit, you first need to understand the repair process.

Basic Leather Repair

Leather varies in quality. Some is repairable by the everyday consumer, while some needs the care of an experienced professional. Top-grain or corrected-grain leather is repairable at home, but full-grain leather requires professional attention. You can use an in-home leather repair kit to mend top-grain or corrected-grain.

Repair a Tear in Leather Clothing

A rip in leather clothing must receive proper repair due to the rigorous wear and tear it experiences. To begin the repair, clean the damaged area and cut a piece of circular scrap material that is just big enough to cover the entire tear. Make the circle no larger than it needs to be. Trace the material on a piece of paper to create a template for a patch. If the area is small, take a piece of leather from a pocket or inside lining. This ensures the leather is a perfect match. Large damaged areas require a trip to the fabric store.

Once you cut a fresh piece of leather to the appropriate size, cut a piece of linen that is about 2.5 cm bigger than the leather on all sides. Use garment glue to attach the leather to the centre of the linen, and then glue the linen to the inside of the clothing. To create a secure bond, place the area under a phone book for at least a few hours.

Repair a Crack in Leather Furniture

Typically, the first sign of serious wear on leather furniture is a crack. If you take proper care early and often, further damage is avoidable. If you fail to treat a crack, it can turn into a full tear, which is much harder to repair. The first step to repair a crack is to clean the area. Wipe the area with a warm cloth, and then dry it thoroughly. Use denatured alcohol to clean the crack once more, and wipe it away before it dries.

With a bucket of soapy water, dip a 240-grit piece of sandpaper in the solution and rub the crack. The sandpaper causes the dye to wipe away. Continue until the area is completely smooth. Wipe the area completely dry, and finish with a hair dryer.

Once the cushion is dry, apply leather prep, and then a layer of sealant to the damaged area. Once it is completely dry, apply leather dye and use a hair dryer to dry it completely. You may have to apply two or three layers of dye to achieve the proper colour.

Repair a Tear in Leather Furniture

The awkward shape of most furniture makes it difficult to repair tears to leather upholstery. The separation of the material makes the repair process more in depth, and more delicate, than that of a crack. Identical to a crack repair, clean the entire surface and dry it thoroughly. Once the area is clean, put a piece of paper over the tear and trace it. Next, draw a circle with at least 2.5 cm of space around the edges of the tear. Use the outline to cut out a new piece of leather.

With the new piece of cut-out leather, check to make sure it covers the tear completely. Apply a strong adhesive like Gorilla Glue to the backside of the patch, and place it over the damaged area. To create a secure bond between the furniture and the patch, place a large book on it overnight. Once the glue is dry, clean the area and apply multiple layers of leather dye until the patch is no longer noticeable.

How to Buy a Leather Repair Kit on eBay

To find the leather repair kit you need, use the search field on any page at eBay.. You can then refine your results using the available navigation. For the best possible purchase experience, choose a product from a seller with a high feedback rating and a long history of successful transactions. Leather products are both luxurious and comfortable, yet they sometimes experience damage. Consumers who understand the proper techniques for leather repair can enjoy their clothing and furniture long into the future.

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