How to Repair a Scratched Leather Coat

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather is a favourite material for making clothing and never goes out of style. A good leather coat is an investment, since it can cost hundreds of dollars. Sadly, leather is rather easily scratched. To many people, this is a desirable "distressed" look, and purposely scratched and worn leather jackets can be found in finer boutiques. If this look is not for you, however, there is no need to panic. You can easily remove small scratches from leather and keep your coat looking new.

Lay the coat out on a flat surface and arrange it so that the scratched area is smooth and centred. Wipe the scratch and surrounding area with a soft cloth to remove any dust.

Dip the toothpick into the coloured leather filler included in the repair kit and spread it along the scratch, following the length of it. Spread the liquid evenly. Avoid smearing any filler on the surrounding area of the coat.

Use a soft cloth to quickly wipe away any filler that strays outside of the scratch onto the coat.

Center the grained paper from the repair kit over the scratch, and lay it carefully atop the wet filler.

Follow the directions from your particular kit to apply the included heat source and seal the repair liquid.

Allow the jacket to cool completely. Gently peel up the grain paper, and check that the scratch is completely sealed and dry before wearing the coat.

Things You'll Need

  • Scratched leather coat
  • Leather repair kit in a shade that matches your jackets
  • Toothpick
  • Soft cloths
  • Flat surface
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Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.