Do It Yourself: How To Repair Leather Scratches

You can repair scratched leather items yourself and save lots of money.

Even though leather is a beautifully - strong covering for furniture, shoes, bomber jackets, coats, luggage, and many other items, it can still get scratches in it. Deep scratches are more noticeable, but even light scratches can make your leather goods look damaged and not - so- attractive. So, you will want to repair the scratches yourself right away before they turn into rips or tears.

The fastest, easiest way to repair your item is to purchase a liquid leather repair kit. These kits are fairly inexpensive, and they are readily available via the Internet, as well as in many department stores. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the kit in order to achieve the best results. Basically, here is how you will use the kit to repair scratches in leather:

The kit includes different - colored liquid adhesives. The adhesives are designed to cover the scratches up so they match the rest of the item. The first step is to choose or mix together the appropriate color(s) to match the color of your leather item.


The second step is to use a toothpick to spread the adhesive into the scratch. Make sure that you spread the adhesive evenly without leaving high or thick spots. Finish this step by smoothing and blending the adhesive so that it looks like the rest of the item.

The third step is to choose a textured grain paper from the kit. Compare each paper with the grain of your leather item so you can choose the best match. The grain paper will form a grain in the adhesive so that it matches the rest of the item. Then, place the appropriate paper flatly over the repaired area.

The next step in the instructions is to use the heat applicator included in the kit to heat the paper and the colored liquid adhesive. The heat is the key in making the adhesive bond securely to the leather item. Use the heat applicator by moving it around in a circular pattern against the paper for several minutes. After the colored liquid adhesive is bonded to the scratch, let the repair cool completely before you use the item again.

There is another method you can use to repair scratches in your leather items if the scratch is not too deep. Light scratches can be repaired and made to visibly disappear by using leather dyes.

These are available for purchase at your local leather repair shop. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the kit in order to achieve the best results. Basically, though, you will use the applicator or a toothpick to apply the dye into the scratches. Be careful not to dab the dye on the leather surface too heavily. Make sure that you spread it evenly without leaving high or thick spots. Finally, smooth and blend the dye so that it looks like the rest of the item. Allow the dye to dry thoroughly before you use the item.

If the scratches in the leather you want to repair are on a piece of furniture, you can contact and purchase a touch - up kit sold by the original manufacturer.

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