7 Tips for Car Seat Leather Repair

What You'll Need
Palette knife
Canvas backing patch
Replacement leather swatch
Leather repair kit
Clean cloths
Rubbing alcohol
Sharp scissors
Fine sandpaper

Knowing how to handle a car seat leather repair can prevent hassle and cost in the event of your car seat sustaining any cosmetic interior damage. By keeping 7 easy tips in mind, you should find the task relatively easy. A few simple tools and materials will also be required.

Tip 1 – Use a Leather Repair Kit

Car seat leather repair kits are widely available and are the easiest way to achieve a quality repair yourself. Furthermore, because they contain all the items required to undertake a complete repair, they are an incredibly convenient option.

Tip 2 – Type of Leather

To get the best out of your car seat leather repair, you need to know what type of leather you are dealing with. Although most car seats are made with a finished leather that makes it easier to clean and more hard-wearing, some classic cars may have seats of vinyl or suede, which are very difficult to clean and repair.

Tip 3 – Know Your Color

Don’t assume that having black leather seats will make it easy to choose a color! There are many shades of black, so if possible, you should have a swatch of leather from your car seat when you purchase the colorant to ensure that you get the right shade.

Tip 4 – Keep It Clean

By cleaning the damaged leather, you will ensure that your repair job does not end up with a haphazard look and feel. Use a solvent or sandpaper to clean the surface of debris and to remove the coating before wiping the surface with alcohol. Tidy any ragged edges by cutting them away with a sharp pair of scissors or scalpel.

Tip 5 – Size Matters

Not every defect will require a replacement leather patch to be put in place, and most minor tears can be repaired will filler alone. Larger holes will require the attachment of a patch to fill the hole, so make sure that it is carefully cut so that it fills the hole properly.

Tip 6 – Patience

Applying filler as part of a car seat leather repair can be slow going, as each layer has to be left to dry before the next one is applied. Leave yourself enough time to complete this process properly, as rushing will only result in a poor job as the filler shrinks when it dries. However, the process can be accelerated with the use of a hairdryer. Being over zealous with the filler can also result in the hole being overfilled. If this occurs, use some fine sandpaper to take the level of the repair to that of the rest of the leather.

Tip 7 – Protection

Sealing your car seat leather repair work is essential to prevent further damage and to ensure that the leather is as durable as the rest of the seat. Apply the coating to the entire repair site and allow it to fully dry before using the seat.