How to Restore Dry Leather

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How to Restore Dry Leather

Leather is popular in many applications because it is a durable and attractive material. Some typical products made of leather include vehicle seat covers, furniture, shoes, and accessories such as purses.

Depending on its application, leather could eventually dry out, crack, and lose its colour. Exposure to the sun and liquids speed up this process. What many people do not realise is that they can actually restore their dried out leather if it is still intact. They can moisturise it, fill in cracks, and even bring back its colour. All the project requires are some supplies, a place to do the work, and some step by step instructions.

Clean the Leather

Before doing anything, owners must thoroughly clean their leather. The easiest way to do this is with saddle soap. Put the solution onto a damp cloth and then rub the saddle soap around on one section of leather. The soap should become sudsy. Next, wipe that area off with a clean, damp rag. Repeat this process until all of the leather is clean. It should be looking better already.

If there are spots on the leather, mix together equal portions of lemon juice and cream of tartar and then scrub the spot with the paste. If the spot does not come off right away, let the solution sit on it for a few hours. Come back to it later to apply additional paste and scrub it again.

Water spots may be on the leather as well. If this is the case, get the area a little wet with water and then blow dry it on a low setting until the leather is dry.

If the leather has road salt on it, mix 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar together. Put the solution onto a cloth and then lightly rub it into the leather. Wipe it off with water and then repeat as needed. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get all of the salt and residue off.

Repair Dry and Cracked Leather

Once the leather is clean, owners must prepare it for the restoration process. Use a leather prep solution and an abrasive pad. The solution removes the leather finish on the surface. However, do not use an abrasive pad if the leather is severely cracked. This could rub off pieces of the leather. Just use a soft cloth on flaking leather. Continue applying the leather prep until colour transfers from the leather to the pad or cloth. The leather prep removes any soluble silicones, but not waxes or polishes. To get rid of those, use an alcohol-based cleaner to wipe the leather down with and then give it 30 minutes to dry.

Strengthen the Leather

Age and other factors may have caused the leather to become weak. It is the weakened state that eventually leads to a cracked surface. Purchase a leather binder and apply it with a sponge. This helps prevent future wear and tear. Do around 3 to 5 coats of binder and let each layer dry in between applications.

Repair Cracked Leather

If the leather has cracked heavily, owners can fill in those cracks with a product called Flexifil. However, keep in mind that this product only works for mild cracks and not for holes, tears, or other damaged areas. To fix those, purchase a leather repair kit.

Use a plastic knife or a pallet knife to work the Flexfill into the cracks and then run the edge of a spatula over the top of the crack to get rid of any extra solution on the surface of the leather. Do this until all of the cracks are filled and then let everything dry for half an hour. Next, get 1200 grit sandpaper and gently work off any of the dried solution on the surface of the leather.

Restore the Leather's Colour

Restoring the colour of the leather is pretty easy. Purchase a leather recolouring balm, but be sure to get the right colour. Follow the product instruction since each balm may differ slightly. In most cases, the application process just involves wiping the buff onto the leather, letting it absorb, and then wiping it off.

When the leather is completely dry, it is time to apply a leather finish. This is a top coat that preserves the colour and helps protect the leather. The kinds of leather finishes available vary from ones that wipe on and ones that spray on. Once again, just follow the product instructions.

How to Buy Leather Repair Supplies on eBay

Restoring dry leather is a great way to save vintage products or to simply bring a favourite item back to life. You can do all of the work yourself even if you know nothing about


. With simple instructions and supplies anyone can do it. To make things even easier, shop on eBay and order all of the

leather supplies

at once. Type the product name into the eBay search bar and start adding the products you need to your Watch List. Then go to your My eBay page and order them all. If you are in the mood to bargain shop, you can also visit the

eBay Deals

page to see what kind of sales are going on for the day.

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