Leather’s durability, beauty and supple feel make it a great upholstery choice for any number of furniture designs and uses, but the one downside is that it can weaken over time if not shown the proper care.
If it weakens enough, or is exposed to rough treatment (we're lookin' at you, Fluffy), your leather will crack and tear, and that’s just no fun for anyone. But, let’s say you missed the part about preventative measures and now you have cracks and tears in your leather – what can you do?
Leather filler is a glue-based compound that does as its name describes – it fills in cracks and tears to restore the look of leather. And, it really works, but it requires some effort.
Anyone who enjoys DIY will take to the task like a fish to water, but even if you do you’ll want to follow the steps closely:
1) cleaning the leather,
2) trimming any frayed edges,
3) inserting fabric backing if necessary,
4) applying the compound in numerous coats,
5) drying it between each coat,
6) dying the compound to match your leather color and
7) sealing it.
It may sound like a lot of work, but when done right this leather repair process produces impressive results.
A Leather Filler Alternative
Of course, any project with that many steps must be a lot of work, and thank goodness for leather repair professionals, but wouldn’t it be great if there were another option?
Fortunately, there is one other method, but it only works on small tears and cracks that haven’t widened too much. It’s generally marketed under the name “Liquid Leather” or some variant, and is a type of glue that patches the seam with none of the additional drying, dying, buffing and sealing.
Professional Leather Repair
If the damage is extensive, though, a pro technician may be the best way to go. They use the same techniques as you would with a DIY kit, but they bring advanced skill to the job:
- expert dye mixing to better match your leather color
- leather texturing to match your grain
- warrantied work
If you’re looking for a local expert, try searching upholstery repair at Porch.com to find a local expert.