Leather Scratch Repair Made Easy

What You'll Need
Fine sandpaper
Clean cloths
Sponge applicator
Rubbing alcohol
Colorant to match furniture

Undertaking a scratch leather repair is an ideal way to not only to keep your leather looking good, but also to help prevent further damage from the scratch getting worse. By following a few simple steps, you can keep your leather looking good.

Step 1 – Locate All Damage

There are many ways in which an item of furniture can sustain damage. It would be prudent to examine the entire surface so that you can undertake all required repairs at the same time. Pay special attention to those areas that suffer regular wear, such as chair arms, and areas that regularly sustain accidental damage, such as the seat base.

Step 2 – Know Your Leather

There are many types of leather used on a car seat or furniture and they differ according to the type of coating that they have. Most items of furniture are made with a finished leather and are lacquered to make the item sustain more wear and easier to clean. The type of leather can be determined by the look and a simple water absorption test. If it is shiny and does not absorb water, it is classed as finished leather and is suitable for scratch leather repair.   

Step 3 – Prepare Surface

To ensure the repair takes properly, the scratch leather repair site must be cleaned properly to ensure that the repair adheres correctly. Use a piece of fine sandpaper to gently rub the scratched leather and the surrounding area. Be aware that this process will affect the color of the leather at the site of repair, but this should not cause alarm as the color will be rectified later. Using a soft cloth that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol, gently rub the surface that has just been sanded to remove any resulting powder or remnants of debris.

Step 4 – Apply Colorant

Minor scratches and defects often don’t need anything more than a top up to the color and a protective layer to seal it in. Start this process by applying the colorant, initially dabbing it on with a sponge to create a thin layer that will act as a base coat. Continue to build up the color using an airbrush method to get the color as desired, blending it with the neighboring fabric to ensure that the repair doesn’t look out of place. Allow the color to fully dry before proceeding.

Step 5 – Apply Coating     

Sealing the scratch leather repair site is an important part of the process, as it ensures that the repair site is protected and made as strong as the rest of the leather. Gently brush the coating over the repair site, taking care to include every part of the surface that you have previously worked on. Apply a thin layer and build it up in accordance with the instructions. Let it dry completely before using the furniture.