Auto leather becomes worn and cracked over time from heavy seat traffic, spills and scrapes from people getting in and out of the car. You can restore your worn leather with the right products and precise care in just a few minutes. Before starting this project, have all of your tools and ingredients ready so you don't have to leave the wet leather mid-project to retrieve an item.
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Things you need
- Leather cleaner
- Colour-matched leather dye
- Scuff treatment
- Leather conditioner
- Clean rag
- Blow dryer
- Rubbing alcohol
Choose your products. Depending on the type of wearing, you might need a scuff treatment, cleaner, leather dye and conditioner (see Resources). Read labels closely to make sure the treatment liquids are compatible with your leather. Ask a professional for a recommendation for your particular model of car.
Get a colour match for your leather dye. You can take a small piece of leather from under the seat and send it to the manufacturer to match the colour. If there isn't a piece under the seat, tell the dye supplier your car's colour code or name.
Clean the surface of the worn spots and surrounding areas. Use a damp sponge to wipe away surface residue. For deeper grime, use a light scrub brush. Your dye will not adhere properly if the area isn't cleaned, according to The Interior Guy website.
Apply the scuff treatment to scuffed or slightly cracked leather. Scrub gently with a light scrub brush or toothbrush. Let sit for three to five minutes, then wipe away with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to clean the area thoroughly.
Apply the liquid leather dye to the mildly worn areas first. Before rubbing a large amount on the seat, test a small amount on a non-visible area. If it disappears, it's a match, according to The Interior Guy. Apply with a spray bottle or sponge, depending on what your product requires. Let the solution air dry.
Treat the more worn spots with the liquid leather dye. Apply multiple coats, drying each one with a blow dryer. Make sure your coats are even and neat. It might take several coats before you achieve the result you're looking for. Dilute the last coat with a bit of water and wipe up with a rag.
Wait 24 hours and apply leather conditioner to all leather in your car. This serves as a sealant and protector after a deep clean.
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