A Guide to Repairing Rips on Motorcycle Pants

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 35-50
What You'll Need
Fine grit sandpaper
Leather cleaner
Leather conditioner
1 sq. ft. piece of leather or more, depending on the size of the rip

Repairing rips on motorcycle pants is not a difficult task, but it does take some time. It important to be patient when repairing motorcycle pants to ensure the rip is properly fixed. Safety is the most important thing to take into account.

Step 1 - Clean the Leather

On a flat surface, turn the pants inside out and lay them down. Clean the area around the rip thoroughly with the leather cleaner. It is important to make sure all traces of dirt and debris are cleaned off of the area that needs to be repaired. If the leather is not clean, then the glue will not adhere properly to the surface of the leather.

Step 2 - Glue on the Leather Patch

Cut a section from the piece that is large enough to cover the rip in the pants. Apply the super glue around the edges and pull tightly across the rip starting with the top side and working your way around. Make sure the section of leather is pulled taut and there are no lumps or loose places. It is important that there are no gaps around the edges of the patch.Let the glue dry for 30 minutes.

Step 3 - Sand and Trim

Once the super glue has dried, trim any excess fabric from around the edges of the patch. Next, take the fine grit sander and lightly sand the glue off of the leather. Make sure that you do not scratch the leather with the sander, as this can weaken the leather and make it slightly unsafe. Brush any dirt debris from the sanding off of the leather. Make sure to use the leather cleaner to thoroughly clean the area again.

Step 4 - Reinforce Corners

Once you have glued the patch in place, it is time to reinforce the rip to make sure it does not get any larger. Thread the needle with the thread in the color of your choice. Usually, you would use a color of thread that matches the color of the leather pants. However, you may use any color that you like. Once you have threaded the needle, make a knot at the end of the thread string so the fabric will hold it in place. Start with one of the corners of the rip. Beginning on the inside of the pant, pull the needle and thread through to the outside of the pant. Push the needle back through the fabric on the other side of the corner of the rip, pulling the two sides together. Make an additional 5 or 6 loops around the corner to reinforce the leather and the leather patch. This will also prevent the rip from becoming any larger. Continue this step for each additional corner in the rip.