How to Repair Leather Car Interior

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How to Repair Leather Car Interior

Choosing a leather interior for your car can be ideal since it is easy to wipe down and looks stylish. After investing money in this kind of upgrade, car owners can maintain their upscale interior at home, whether the leather is torn, scratched or dry. Buyers are accustomed to maintaining their leather clothing and handbags, and a leather interior requires that same attention.


Repairing Torn Car Leather

A tear in the leather interior is the biggest indication of damage and needs to be repaired immediately to prevent further tearing. The first step is to thoroughly clean the area with leather cleaner to see the total scope of the damage and to ensure that the repair materials fully adhere to the existing leather. If previous repair materials have been used, one must ensure that they have been completely scrubbed off before attempting a new repair. Once cleaned, follow the instructions to apply a leather compound or liquid leather. These kits typically come with various toners to adjust the shade, but make sure to always test the colour in an inconspicuous place. The final step is to seal the repair by using heat from a hair dryer. The leather compound or repair kit will specify how long to apply the heat.


Fixing Scratched Leather Interior

Scratches that have not fully ripped the leather are more involved to repair than the small scuffing that typically occurs around the seams. First, start by cleaning the area with leather cleaner to see the true condition of the scratched leather. For rough scratches, you should use 1000 to 1200 grit sandpaper to smooth the area. Once the leather has been smoothed, follow the steps for repairing torn leather and fill in with leather compound. After the compound has been applied, and for slight scuffing, re-dye the leather with leather colourant.


Conditioning Dry Leather Car Interior

Dry leather needs to be addressed immediately to prevent the leather from cracking or tearing. As with the other repairs, this process also begins with cleaning the leather interior with leather cleaner. A thorough cleaning can reveal problems in the leather that were hidden under caked on dirt, and repairs work best when applied to a clean surface. After the leather is clean and dry, gently rub on a leather conditioner with a soft cloth. The goal is to thoroughly rub it into the leather without harsh scrubbing that could scratch dry leather. After the dry leather has been repaired, it is recommended to condition the leather interior every three months to prevent it from drying again.



There are a variety of ways to repair a car's leather interior, from moisturizing a leather steering wheel to repairing torn leather seats, but prevention is always better than the cure. Prevent stuff from accumulating in the car which can tear or scratch seats, and moisturize leather before it becomes dry and cracked.

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