How to fix a scratch on faux leather sofas

Written by j. taylor ludwig
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Some faux leather sofas look so much like real leather sofas you can barely tell the faux leather from the genuine leather by looking at them. When you feel them, however, you'll notice that real leather is much softer than faux leather. Faux leather sofas are usually made from vinyl. Most have a protective coating on them that helps to prevent stains and scratches, but scratches do sometimes occur. You can fix a scratch on faux leather sofas with a vinyl repair kit.

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Vinyl repair kit
  • Bowl
  • 1500-grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Clean the inside edges of the scratch on the faux leather sofa and the area around the scratch with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth.

  2. 2

    Mix the catalyst and resin from the vinyl repair kit, following the instructions included in the kit. Mix both together in a bowl with the spatula provided.

  3. 3

    Apply the vinyl repair solution to the length of the scratch on the faux leather sofa with the spatula. Allow at least 12 hours for the vinyl repair solution to harden.

  4. 4

    Trim away the extra repair material with the edge of the spatula. Lift off extra repair material from the faux leather sofa with your fingers. Be extremely careful not to puncture the sofa with the edge of the spatula.

  5. 5

    Sand the repaired scratch with 1500-grit sandpaper to give the sofa a smooth finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Vinyl repair kits are sold in a variety of colours. Try to match the colour of your faux leather sofa to the vinyl repair kit as closely as possible.
  • You can purchase vinyl repair kits at automotive shops and hardware stores, as well as online.

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