Recently updated on September 7th, 2023
You may repair your car leather seats yourself if you have a Saturday morning to spare. Working for yourself is not always frustrating, scary, challenging, and a constant struggle. Sometimes it becomes a fun and enjoyable part of life.
A crack or tear in your car seat can be a real pain; just one tear and now the whole interior of your car looks worn out. But don’t despair, for we have found two of the best DIY methods that will give you the best possible look without a total seat change.
Step-By-Step Guideline On How To Repair Leather Car Seats
Things you will need –
- Microfiber hand towel
- Cleaning rag
- Dish soap
- Sharp scissors
- Denatured alcohol
- Sanding block (fine-grit)
- Wax paper
- Leather repair kit (make sure to get the matching color)
- Warm water
Before you begin, you must clean the affected area carefully to get rid of crumbs or other debris. Here’s how to do it –
- If leather pieces are sticking outwards, use the scissors to trim the edges.
- Mix a little bit of dish soap with the warm water and use it to clean the affected area. Use the rag to wipe the area and rinse it out when necessary.
- After cleaning the area, use the rag to rub some denatured alcohol on the cracks gently. Then dry the area by wiping with the microfiber towel.
- Wait till the leather fully dries up.
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1st Method: Fixing cracks
- Use the sanding block to sand away the affected area, making it as smooth as possible without worsening the crack. Wipe the area with a towel.
- Take out the liquid leather sealant from the leather repair kit. Read the instructions thoroughly on how to use it. Follow those steps and fill up the cracked area.
- Lastly, apply the matching leather dye using a cloth or a brush. Let it all dry completely before using it again.
2nd Method: Fixing tears
- Sand the area with the sanding block and then wipe it down.
- Push a piece of wax paper under the tear (preventing the seat cushion from absorbing the leather filler). The wax paper should be larger than the tear.
- Use the glue from the leather repair kit to stick the wax paper under the tear. Put the glue on the edges of the tear, not on the cushion. Let it dry fully before proceeding.
- Use a small knife to spread the leather filler product over the wax paper. Let it dry thoroughly. Repeat this procedure until the filler level is slightly higher than the seat.
- Now sand down the filler area until a smooth, even layer is achieved.
- Dampen a microfiber towel and wipe down the area. Let the area dry.
- Apply the matching leather dye using a cloth or a brush. Layer up if necessary until the color matches the rest of the seat.
Avoiding future damage
- Keep your car away from direct sunlight; buy sun shades which you can put over your windows during the day.
- Get a leather conditioner. Clean your seats regularly and apply the conditioner every 5-6 months.
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