How to repair pleather

Written by alexis rohlin
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Pleather material consists of a mixture of leather and vinyl fibres that are glued together. It is used to make furniture, handbags, jackets, boots, trousers, shoes and belts. Pleather is a durable material but it can tear or develop stress cracks over time from constant use. You don't have to take your favourite pleather item to a speciality shop to get it repaired. You can repair pleather at home with a simple leather and vinyl repair kit.

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Things you need

  • Window spray cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • Utility knife
  • Cotton filler
  • Leather and vinyl repair kit
  • Vinyl floor wax
  • Rag

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    Spray the torn area with window cleaner and wipe it off with a paper towel. Cut off any dangling threads or frayed fabric edges with a utility knife. If there is a hole or depression in the material under the damaged area, fill in the hole with a bit of cotton to make the spot level with the rest of the material.

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    Cut the provided backing fabric 1/4-inch larger than the ripped area. Insert it into the hole and manoeuvre it so that its edges are sitting under the surrounding fabric.

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    Mix the pleather patching compound with the provided colour dyes to make a shade that is similar to that of your pleather. Use the colour chart that comes with the kit as a guide to make the colour. Apply the patching compound with the white plastic spatula, running it along the rip to fill it in. Make the surface even with the rest of the material. Remove the excess patching compound with the spatula, leaving only a thin film remaining on the surrounding pleather surface to make it even.

  4. 4

    Place the matching grain paper onto the repair compound. Heat the grain paper by touching the metal tip of the wooden dowel transfer tool against the heating element of your stove until it is red-hot. Immediately touch the hot tip to the centre of the grain paper and move the metal tip over it in a circular motion for 3 minutes.

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    Wait 10 minutes for the grain paper to cool. Peel off the grain paper. Apply common vinyl floor wax over the surface of the repaired spot to make it glossy and match the rest of your pleather. Place a dime-sized amount of floor wax onto a rag and lightly wipe it over the repaired area to shine it.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when handling hot metal.

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