How to Fill Scratches in Leather


Leather sofas and chairs can be great choices for families wanting a classy piece of furniture that also resists stains. However, leather's soft surfaces can become scratched and worn over time. A professional can repair any damages that might occur, but filling scratches in your leather furniture is a fairly simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper, 320-grit and 1200-grit
  • Palette knife
  • Leather colorant
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Leather surface filler
  • Leather glue
  • Razor knife
  • Foam brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Spray lacquer
  • Trim with scissors any fibers that have been loosened.

  • Shave off any stray pieces of leather with a razor knife.

  • Sand down the surface using 320-grit sandpaper.

  • Clean the sanded area using a soft cloth and denatured alcohol to remove any dirt. Allow the alcohol to dry for 10 minutes.

  • Spread leather surface filler over the scratches, using the palette knife. Allow the area to dry for 5 minutes.

  • Sand the area down again, using the 1200-grit sandpaper to even out the surface.

  • Dab leather colorant onto the leather's surface with a foam brush. Allow the colorant to dry thoroughly.

  • Spray a coat of lacquer onto the repaired area. Allow the lacquer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a hair dryer to dry the leather colorant and speed up the repair process.
  • Leather filler and colorant can be purchased at a local hardware store or special ordered from a furniture shop.
  • If the leather has a very shiny surface, a gloss can be added after the last step.
  • If the scratches are particularly deep, it may be necessary to repeat Steps 5 through 7.

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