Although leather upholstery can endure a lot of wear, tears and cuts may develop. Learning how to repair leather upholstery yourself is cheaper than contracting with an upholstery service. You will need a leather repair kit, which you can buy from leather stores, fabric stores and supply retailers.
Step 1 – Assess the Damage
Before getting down to the job, you should assess the damage in the leather upholstery. Small tears and scratches are easier to repair.
Step 2 – Sand and Swab Affected Areas
After checking out the damage, scuff the affected area lightly with the sandpaper provided in the kit. Do this very lightly so as not to increase the damage to your leather upholstery. Then clean the scuffed area with the alcohol swab, also provided in the kit.
Step 3 – Patch Cuts or Holes
Your next step now is to place a leather patch, provided in kit, on the damaged area to cover it. Do not use too large a piece but measure the tear properly and use only the bare minimum. You should start with the bigger holes first. Keep in mind not to waste any leather scraps since you might need them in the future. Now place the leather scrap on the hole and glue it down securely with the adhesive provided in the kit. You should use light pressure to fix the patch onto the upholstery.
The adhesive itself will help the fabrics fuse together and make the patching disappear. If done properly, the final result should have a smooth texture with no evidence of any tears or wear.
Step 4 – Match the Colors
The kit should also provide you with a color-matching guide. Use this guide to create the same color of your leather upholstery. This may be a bit tricky, but do not lose heart. Add color compounds a little bit at a time to achieve the desired match. After you have created the compound, you should evenly spread the color over the patched area and allow it to dry.
After it has dried, you should use the grain and heat applicator provided in the kit to finish up the job. Additionally you might consider applying a light bonding adhesive just to create a protective layer and to be sure the repaired area is totally sealed.
This is the easiest way of repairing leather upholstery. However, people still use other methods employing sewing machines and thread. Yet sewing consumes more energy, and the result is not as satisfactory as when you use a leather upholstery kit.