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How To Repair Scuffs & Scratches On Leather

Repairing Scuffs and Scratches on Leather Furniture and Car Seats

Scuffs and scratches on leather car seats and leather furniture are an all too common problem that can leave an unsightly area of damage on an otherwise perfect piece of leather upholstery.

The good news is that using the guide and products shown on this page, getting rid of scratches and scuffs on leather can be quick, easy and easy on the bank balance!

See the video guide above and the step by step guide below for details.

Guide -  How To Repair Scuffs and Scratches on Leather - Before

The leather seat shown to the left has suffered a nasty scuff / scratch, leaving an area of damage and colour loss.

Despite what is commonly thought, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. With a few simple to use products (available above!) and the steps provided below, scuffs and scratches no longer need to be a nightmare!

How to fix Scuffs and Scratches in Leather Guide - Cleaning

Step 1. Clean the Area

As with all quality leather repairs and restorations, the first step is to ensure the area is free from dirt and contaminants.

To do this, take the Alchohol Cleaner and apply to a cloth (both included in the Leather Touch-Up Kit) then wipe the area down thoroughly.

Once clean, leave the area to dry naturally for approximately 5-10 minutes.

How to Repair Scuffs and Scratches on Leather - Sanding

Step 2. Sand Rough Patches

The scuff in the example shown was quite rough to the touch, in situations where the damaged area is rough such as this, it is always best to sand the rough areas down.

Simply take some 1200 grit sandpaper (included in the kit provided) and gently sand the area until it feels smooth to the touch. This ensures a more professional end result.

How to Repair Scuffs and Scratches in Leather - Applying Filler

Step 3. Apply Filler

Once the rough areas have been removed, areas of loss to the leather should be filled for the best possible result.

Take a small amount of Heavy Filler and smooth over the area of damage using the Spatula provided (Excess can simply be wiped away) and allow to dry (this should take 25-30 minutes naturally, this can be quickened with a hairdryer.

Build the filler up in thin layers as required, using this process, until the it is level with the surface of the leather. This may take one coat, or several, depending on the severity of the damage. It is always important to leave enough time for the filler to dry completely at this stage, failing to do so will compromise the quality of the repair.

How to Fix Scuffs and Scratches on Leather - Sanding Filler Smooth

Step 4. Sand Filler Level

Once the filler has dried sufficiently, the next step is to sand the filler level with the surface of the leather.

Take the 1200 grit sandpaper used previously and sand the applied filler to ensure that it sits completely level with the surface of the leather.

How to fix Scuffs and Scratches on Leather - Adding Colour

Step 5. Apply Colourant

The kit contains a quantity of colourant (selected on ordering) and several tints, along with a colour matching guide. Take the standard colourant and tint as needed, following the instructions, to get a perfect match for your leather. (Always test on an inconspicuous area when colour matching, until you get the required colour.)

Once a suitable match has been achieved, simply apply a small amount of the matched colourant to the area being repaired, ensuring the entire area is covered. After application, dry with a hair dryer.

Use the same method of application and drying to apply as many thin coats as required to completely cover the damage. When done, the colourant will have dried with a fairly glossy finish, do not worry, the required gloss level will be achieved in the next step.

How to fix Scuffs and Scratches in Leather - Prepare Finish

Step 6. Prepare the Finish

In order to achieve the required finish, both gloss and matt finish are provided.

For a very glossy finish - Use gloss finish only

For a very matt finish - Use matt finish only

Satin Finish (Halfway between) - Mix matt and gloss finish 50/50.

Simply take the small measuring cup provided and mix the two as required to match the surrounding leather. (As with colourant mixing, test on an inconspicuous area until you are satisifed with the match before applying to the area being repaired)

How to repair scuffs and scratches on Leather - Applying Finish

Step 7. Apply the Finish

Once the finish has been prepared and you are satisfied with the match, simply dab a generous coat of finish onto the entire area being repaired. Once applied, you can leave this to dry naturally or use a hairdyer to speed up the process.

Once dry, another coat should be applied using the same process, this will ensure a stronger finish, helping to protect the area from wear, fading and sealing the colour in.

Once applied, if the colourant and finish have been matched correctly, your damaged leather will be almost as good as new!

How to remove Scuffs and Scratches from Leather - Professional Results

Final Result

As can be seen from the after image provided to the left; with a couple of easy to use products and a simple process, scuffs and scratches can be repaired quickly and with minimal cost.

Professional results are easy to achieve, even for a DIY novice! If you have a scuff or a scratch on your leather, purchase the products you need right here at a great price today!


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11 months ago

Barry Johnson

Hello: I have to tell you that l enjoy receiving your Furniture Clinic Bulletins. They are so very informative - and make an unsightly job look so easy to repair. Please keep up the 'good work'. Thank you in appreciation

11 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Barry. Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you need any assistance on choosing which products you need for any future projects. Duncan Ashurst / Senior Sales Advisor Furniture Clinic.