How to Repair Ripped Leather

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How to Repair Ripped Leather

Leather , while beautiful, is also quite expensive. Elegant furniture, classy jackets, and other fine leather items add beauty and comfort to life. However, many things can damage leather, such as over-exuberant pets and rowdy children. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple, and inexpensive, process for repairing ripped leather. This process requires attention and time but results in leather that shows almost no sign of its prior damage. Understanding this process enables leather product owners to confidently approach the repair of any ripped leather product and save money from buying a replacement, at least for a while.

Assemble Supplies

The first step in repairing ripped leather is to assemble the appropriate supplies. An easy way to get the proper tools is to purchase a leather repair kit. These kits come with everything necessary to fix tears and rips in leather furniture and clothing. Following is a table of the most common of these supplies.

Supply

Use

Alcohol towelettes

Clean the surface of the leather

Rags

Dry the surface of the leather

Scissors

Trim the edge of the leather

Sandpaper

Roughens the surface of the tear

Tweezers

Improve handling of patches

Canvas

Provides a backing for the leather patch

Leather patch

Covers the tear

Leather adhesive

Holds the leather patch in place

Leather colourant

Matches the colour of the leather patch to the original leather

Leather conditioner

Softens and brightens the leather

Most of these supplies come with the leather repair kit. Others are common household items. The owner can choose to purchase items individually instead of purchasing a leather repair kit.

Clean the Ripped Area

The second step is to clean the damaged area. Doing so removes grease and particles that could get between the leather patch and adhesive and prevent them from bonding completely. In addition, particles that remain on the leather can affect the leather colouring that allows the patch to blend with the original leather. Cleaning the ripped area involves wiping the area with an alcohol towelette or using a spray bottle to apply soapy water and using a rag to dry the leather afterwards.

Prepare the Tear

The third step is to prepare the tear for the patch and adhesive. This includes both trimming the tear and roughening it. Trimming the tear creates a neater and less visible repair. The best method is to take a pair of small scissors and trim away any uneven edges or strings. Roughening the tear involves rubbing its edges with sandpaper and then keeping them supple by applying alcohol. This process enables the adhesive and the patch to bond more firmly with the leather, leading to a stronger repair.

Prepare Leather Patch

Once the tear is even and rough, the repairer needs to prepare the leather patch for placement on top of the tear. Leather repair kits typically come with leather patches. The owner should cut the patch to fit the size and shape of the tear. If repairing a sofa, and if lacking a leather repair kit, the owner can cut a piece of leather from the underside of a leather sofa. Then, he or she should trim the patch to fit the shape of the tear.

Apply Leather Patch

Applying the leather patch to the tear is a simple process. The owner simply needs to apply the leather adhesive to the edges of the patch and press the patch firmly onto the tear. The adhesive should then dry completely.

Blend the Leather Patch

The final step in repairing ripped leather is to blend the leather patch in with the rest of the leather. This process requires the use of a colourant that typically comes with a leather repair kit. The owner may follow the instructions on the colourant to produce a colour that closely matches the original leather. However, if the owner is using a bit of leather from, for instance, the underside of the sofa, rubbing in leather conditioner may be sufficient to make the tear almost invisible.

How to Buy Leather Repair Products on eBay

Purchasing leather repair kits and other leather repair products on eBay is simple but it requires that you know what items you need. Once you determine what you need to purchase, you may enter the item name on the search bar on any eBay page. You may also check out eBay Deals for special prices on leather repair products.

Using leather repair products makes repairing ripped leather a less expensive process than hiring a professional to do the job. Understanding what the necessary items are and which steps to follow can make the process easy and doable for almost any owner of leather products.

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