How to Fix Shredded Leather Seats

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How to Fix Shredded Leather Seats
Leather is commonly used to produce furniture, clothing, accessories and footwear. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Leather is made from the hide of various animals--including deer and cow--and is used to create a variety of items. Furniture and car upholstery are two common items that are made with leather. Leather is typically expensive, and you must take care to prolong the life of your leather seats. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and your leather seats can become ripped, scratched, cracked and shredded. If the damage is not severe, you may be able to repair the shredded leather seats with the help of a leather repair kit.

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Things you need

  • Lint-free cloths (4)
  • Lint-free towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small container
  • Leather repair kit
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Dampen a lint-free cloth with warm water and wipe the leather seats clean. You must remove all surface dust, dirt and other debris before repairing the leather. Wipe the leather seats dry with a lint-free towel.

  2. 2

    Pour rubbing alcohol into a small container. Dip a clean, lint-free cloth into the rubbing alcohol. Wipe the leather seats with the saturated cloth and allow to air-dry completely.

  3. 3

    Open the leather repair kit and read all directions and warnings. Each brand of leather repair kit will have its own specific set of instructions.

  4. 4

    Spread the repair compound over the damaged leather and ½ inch surrounding it. Use your finger dampened with water to smooth the compound until it is even. Allow the compound to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Dip the corner of a clean, lint-free cloth into the rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the compound with the saturated corner of the cloth until the repair compound is smooth. Allow the compound to air-dry.

  6. 6

    Apply a thin layer of clear coat to the area and allow the coating to dry. Several layers of clear coat may be needed in order to achieve the desired results.

  7. 7

    Add a few drops of leather conditioner to a clean, lint-free cloth. Buff the leather seats.

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