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How can a bonded leather sofa be repaired?

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When bonded leather sofas start peeling, the best repair option is to try a leather dye and repair kit. These kits dye the fabric under the peeling layer and seal the spot to keep it from peeling further. It won't look like new, but the finished spots are a dramatic improvement over the peeling couch.

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  1. Clean the area
  2. Use a pair of tweezers to pull away all of the loose pieces of bonded leather around the bald spot. Also, pull out any bits of leather that are sticking up. Sand the spot and the area around the spot lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. This helps the dye and topcoat stick better.

  3. Dye the patch
  4. Apply a couple drops of the leather dye to the spot, or more as needed. Rub it into the fabric thoroughly. Allow it to dry to the touch. Apply a second, third and fourth coat of dye as needed to make the bald spot match the rest of the couch in color. Allow it to dry to the touch. A hairdryer may be used to speed the process along.

  5. Apply the top coat
  6. Place a few drops of the satin top coat on the bald patch. Spread it evenly over the patch. Apply more if needed for complete coverage. Allow it to dry. The result is a shiny, dyed surface that shouldn't peel further.

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