Upholstery Repair: Fixing Holes In Your Car’s Leather Seats In Five Easy Steps

Holes are the enemies of your car's leather upholstery. When they surface, the beauty of the seats start to diminish, and hence it is important that you take care of the situation before it gets worse. To fix holes in a car's leather upholstery, you need a colorant kit and a leather repair kit. A full leather repair kit consists of a palette knife, tweezers, leather glue, Heavy Filler, and a canvas sub patch. A colorant kit contains alcohol cleaner, leather prep cleaner, and a leather colorant. The following steps explain how you can take care of the holes and get back to your comfortable ride within no time. 

Step 1 – First you need to get the leather ready by washing it with soap and water. Then dry the surface with a piece of cloth. This action gets rid of dust particles.  When you are done, clear traces of oil from the surface using alcohol pads.  

Step 2 – In the second step, tidy up the affected area.  If you observe the hole close enough, you should note that there are ripped edges around the hole. Cut them away using a pair of scissors.

Step 3 – In the third step, you are required to apply the patch contained in the repair kit on the affected area. Use a tracing paper to cut a patch that sufficiently covers the hole. Place the paper on the hole and draw an outline of the hole. Then use the outline to cut the patch. Using tweezers, fit the patch under the leather. Then bond the leather to the patch using the leather glue, which should be applied under the edges of the hole. Give the glue some time to dry.

Step 4 – The fourth step requires the use of a liquid leather product like the Heavy Filler contained in the repair kit to fill the hole. Apply a thin layer of the substance over the patch and into the hole. You can use the palette knife for this task. Give the liquid some time to dry, or use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. After the first layer has dried up, apply more layers until the hole is filled up to a level that is even with the surrounding leather.

Step 5 – Apply a dye that matches the color of the leather using a sponge, airbrush or a sprayer. For the best results, apply several light coatings. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Action Upholstery Services.