How to repair torn leather upholstery

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Leather chairs, sofas and car seats receive so much wear, the material is subject to tears and cuts. While auto detailing can repair torn car upholstery leather, a variety of kits found online can also do the job.

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  • Leather repair kit

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  1. 1

    Buy a standard leather repair kit, such as those available from Leather Magic.

  2. 2

    Scuff the damaged area lightly with the sandpaper provided.

  3. 3

    Clean the area with the alcohol swab that is also provided.

  4. 4

    Secure cuts or holes with a subpatch and adhesive that are provided in the kit. Fill in larger holes first with a piece of scrap leather that is also provided and fasten it in place with adhesive. With upholstery, it may be necessary to separate the tear slightly and slip the leather scrap or a subpatch into place inside the tear.

  5. 5

    Mix the color compound to match the color of the item you want to repair. Follow the color matching guide that is provided in the kit. Spread the compound over the area and allow it to dry.

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