When you purchase leather furniture, you are making an investment that you will want to keep in good shape for as long as possible. If you find a hole in a leather chair, you might think that you need to take it to a professional furniture repair shop to get it fixed. However, you can purchase a leather repair kit that you can use at home to patch the hole. Just be sure that you prepare the surface first and that you follow all of the instructions that come with the kit.
Things You'll Need
- Clean, lint-free cloths
- Dish washing liquid
- Rubbing alcohol
- Leather repair kit
- 600-grit sandpaper
- Hair dryer, if desired
Dampen a cloth and add a few drops of dish washing liquid. Thoroughly clean the area that you need to repair. Dampen another cloth and wipe the area again to remove any soap residue.
Wipe the area to be repaired with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining soap or other residue. Allow the area to thoroughly dry before proceeding to the next step.
Apply the repair compound to the hole according to the instructions included with the self-repair kit. This may be water-based or solvent-based paste. Extend the compound at least 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the hole. Allow the compound to dry before proceeding.
Rub the compound with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or use 600-grit sandpaper to smooth out the compound and make it even with the surrounding leather. Clean the area to remove any debris if you sanded the area. Allow it to dry before proceeding.
Apply the coloring agent to the repair compound if it is included with your leather repair kit, following the included instructions. Apply a light coat of the coloring agent and let it dry before adding the next coat. You can use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry the coats if you want to. Continue to add coats of the coloring agent until the desired color is achieved. Allow the area to fully dry before using the chair.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do use a hair dryer, be sure that you do not use a high setting and that you do not hold the hair dryer against the leather chair. You don't want to risk burning the leather.
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