To repair auto leather, trim torn edges, clean the area, apply a patch, gently sand the edges of the patch, dye the patch and treat it with leather conditioner. This four-hour procedure requires nail clippers, scissors, a leather patch, a soft cloth, warm water, a towel, sandpaper, adhesive, leather dye and leather conditioner.
- Trim the edges
Use nail clippers to clip jagged, torn edges of the leather.
- Clean the leather
Dip a soft cloth in warm water, and clean the damaged area of leather. Blot it dry with a towel.
- Trim and apply a patch
Trim a leather patch to fit the damaged area, apply leather adhesive to the back of the patch, and press it over the damaged leather. Give the adhesive several hours to dry.
- Sand the patch
Sand the edges of the patch with fine sandpaper. Move the sandpaper gently and slowly, touching as little of the surrounding leather as possible.
- Dye the patch
Blot the patch with a small amount of commercial leather dye. Give the patch time to dry according to the directions on the dye package.
- Apply leather conditioner
Treat the patch and surrounding leather with leather conditioner. Apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions, and do not touch the leather until the conditioner dries.