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How to Repair Car Leather with Glue

by Grace Restivo

Although the leather seats are durable, they can still be damaged accidentally. A small hole or tear in the leather can grow and become a bigger problem; therefore it is important to repair the damage to maintain the value of the car.

Step 1

Cut off any rough areas or loose thread from the edges of the tear or hole. Clean the tear or hole using a cloth and rubbing alcohol. The area above and beneath the tear should be cleaned as well. If the area is losing color, cleaning should be stopped.

Step 2

Cut a piece of leather to a patch one inch larger than the tear or hole.

Step 3

Apply the adhesive around the edges of the tear and then place the leather patch over the top. Allow a few hours to dry and then lightly sand around the edges to smooth edges and remove excess glue.

Step 4

Dye the replacement leather to match the color using a small cloth to apply. Gently rub off any excess dye with a clean cloth.

Apply leather conditioner over the patch with a small cloth. This will produce a glossy finish to the repair work.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Small pieces of cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Replacement leather
  • Adhesive glue
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Leather dye matching the existing color
  • Leather conditioner

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