When leather or vinyl gets damaged it can be expensive to fix if you take it to a professional. However, you can do leather and vinyl repair yourself. When you start to do leather and vinyl repair there are things that can go wrong, but this article will offer you some tips for a successful leather and vinyl repair job.
1. Measure the Job
When you first start to dabble in leather and vinyl repair there is always a need to judge the damage by just looking at it. The less material you use to fix the damage will make for a better repair. Always measure the size of the damage to be repaired and add on a little bit to the measurement to account for the seam of the patch repair. Use a ruler and measure through the center of the hole or the thickness of the rip. Measure the length of the rip as well as the length of the hole. With these measurements you can cut a patch piece to accurately fit over the site to be repaired.
2. Make it Even
It is incredibly rare to have a hole or rip that is even. Even if your leather and vinyl repair job is small at first glance it may not be any longer once you make the damage even. In order to allow a good fit for the patch you need to start with damage that is as even as possible. This will create a repair that appears more seamless so it blends better to the rest of the fabric. Use a pair of scissors and trim the damaged area. Be careful to only remove as much fabric as you have to make it equal all the way around the site. Make very small cuts to achieve this.
3. Treat Burned Leather and Vinyl
Dropping a lit cigar, pipe or cigarette onto furniture is a very common occurrence. If one of these items is left unnoticed for too long you will get a very bad burn hole with charred edges around the site. The foam inside the piece can also become damaged. You first need to replace the foam in the site of the damage because there is an odor that could permeate for years. You will notice a slight odor that could increase when the area gets hotter.
You can replace the section that is damaged with a different kind of material if you can't find material that was used in it originally. Once that is taken care of you should use a pair of scissors and cut away the charred vinyl or leather plus a little more to make the damage even.
4. Work in Small Details
If you do not want the damage to be noticeable then it is important to work slowly and on a small scale. Do not just slap on a patch with repair sealant. Apply the patch adhesive to the edges of the damage as well as the piece of patch material. Use a toothpick or other small applicator.