How Can You Repair a Leather Seat?


Quick Answer

To repair a small tear in a leather seat, clean the area, cut the replacement leather, apply the adhesive and condition. In some cases, if the tear is very superficial, it may not be necessary to use replacement leather.

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A tear in a leather seat can turn into something serious if it is not repaired in a timely manner. Only a few supplies are needed, such as nail scissors, rubbing alcohol, replacement leather, adhesive and leather conditioner.

Step 1: Clean the area of the tear

Use the nail scissors to trim any wayward strings from the tear. Clean the area with a some rubbing alcohol on a soft rag or cotton ball.

Step 2: Cut the replacement leather

If the tear is significant, cut a piece of replacement leather to fit the size of the tear with an overlap of about 1 inch. Set it aside for now.

Step 3: Apply the adhesive

Apply the adhesive around the edges of the tear, then place the piece of replacement leather on top. If there is not a need for replacement leather, apply the adhesive between the edges of the leather and directly onto the white backing underneath. Using a heat gun will cure the adhesive.

Step 4: Finish and condition

Use fine grade sandpaper to sand off any excess adhesive. Then, apply a leather conditioner to the area to help the repair blend in.

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