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How to Repair Faux Leather

Updated February 21, 2017

Faux leather has numerous advantages over real leather. For example, the material tends to be less expensive than real leather and it is preferred by people who do not care for animal-based products. While faux leather has a comparable sturdiness to the real thing, it is just as susceptible to rips and tears. If you have had the misfortune of getting a rip, you don't need to live with it.

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  1. Select a faux leather repair kit at an automotive supply or home improvement store.

  2. Choose a kit that allows you to mix your own colours to match the shade of the faux leather. If possible, select a kit that does not require heat to secure the patch. Heat can weaken faux leather. Instead, look for a kit with adhesive that air dries.

  3. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol or with a designated cleaning agent provided in your leather repair kit. Allow area to dry.

  4. Mix the adhesive and the pigment in the designated mixing tray or bottle, or on a paper plate. Most kits include mixing sticks. Mix the colours of pigment with the adhesive to match your colour of your faux leather item. Follow the instructions included in your kit.

  5. Adjust the rip so that the torn piece of faux leather is touching the surrounding undamaged leather. Apply the adhesive with the spatula or stick included in your kit to the perimeter of the tear. Place the grain paper over the tear and let it rest there for the specified time on the package, usually three to five minutes, and then peel off.

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Things You'll Need

  • Faux leather repair kit

About the Author

Lane Cummings

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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