This guide will show you how to fix a tear in leather. The same procedure applies to tears in all type of leather: furniture, car interior, clothes and all other leathers.

This photo shows a tear in a panel from a leather sofa. To fix the tear you will need the Complete Leather Repair Kit.


PRODUCTS REQUIRED

    Leather Repair Kit - Contains all the product needed to repair the tear and restore any colour.

    STEP BY STEP GUIDE: REPAIRING A TEAR ON A LEATHER SOFA

    STEP 1. ASSESS DAMAGE & CHOOSE SUITABLE PRODUCT

    The tear we are fixing is no larger than a tennis ball, so we have chosen the Complete Leather Repair Kit. If the damage is larger than this, then you'll need to buy the Sub-Patch, Heavy Filler and Leather Glue individually.


    STEP 2. TRIM/PREP THE AREA

    The next step is to take a scalpel or a pair of sharp scissors and trim the worn edges off the tear, making for a cleaner edge and smarter repair.


    STEP 3. INSERT SUB-PATCH BEHIND THE LEATHER

    Using tweezers and the sub-patch supplied in the Complete Leather Repair Kit, insert the patch behind the tear.


    STEP 4. APPLY GLUE TO SECURE SUB-PATCH

    Once the cloth is behind the leather, use a spatula to apply the Leather Glue onto the underside of the leather. Basically - put the glue inbetween the cloth and the leather.

    Press the leather down onto the cloth once the glue has been applied to all the edges and leave it to dry.

    This technique re-creates the backing of the leather making for a very strong repair.


    STEP 5. APPLY HEAVY FILLER TO THE TEAR

    The next step is to apply the Heavy Filler into the tear. This will fill the gap in the leather making it level with the rest of the leather.

    The filler is applied in several thin layers and a grain pattern can be embossed into the final layer to further blend the tear in with the rest of the leather.


    STEP 5. BUILD UP HEAVY FILLER, DRYING EACH LAYER

    Apply one thin layer to start with and then dry it off with a hair drier for a few minutes. Repeat this process until the tear is about 3/4's full.

    Then apply one last layer to the tear and smooth it off with the palette knife making it level with the leather.

    For a perfect repair you can use Grain Repair to manually recreate the grain before applying colour.


    STEP 7. APPLY COLOURANT

    When the filler is dry, the next stage is to apply the colour. To do this, simply take the Colourant and apply a small amount to a sponge. Use this to apply the Colourant to the repair, blending it with the surrounding leather.

    Apply the Colourant in multiple thin coats, allowing time for each to dry before moving on to the next. Apply as many coats as it takes to conceal the repair.

    The Colourant provided in the kit is our Self Seal Colourant, which will not only restore the colour to the leather, but it is self sealing and so protects the leather from wear & tear.



    Before; a torn leather cushion.
    After; can you see the repair?