6 Easy Steps to Leather Chair Repair 6 Easy Steps to Leather Chair Repair

What You'll Need
Leather repair kit
Canvas backing patch
Replacement leather patch
Scissors
Tweezers
Sandpaper
Clean cloths
Rubbing alcohol

Rather than replacing a chair that has been damaged, you should consider the idea of chair leather repair. Although it may seem like a task that should be undertaken by a professional, you may find that it can be relatively easy by following a few steps.

Step 1 – Choose Leather Repair Kit

The easiest way to carry out a leather chair repair is to use a leather repair kit, and these are widely available from hobby or hardware stores. Choose one that has all the items required to undertake the repair, as this will ensure that they work well together and produce a better result.

Step 2 – Consider Damage

Carefully check the site that requires repair to determine the extent of the damage. Minor rips will not require the use of a replacement patch of leather, whereas larger holes inevitably will. In the event that a leather patch is required, check beneath the item of furniture to determine whether the manufacturer has attached a swatch of the fabric that it is made of.

Step 3 – Clean Surface

It is important to prepare the surface as part of the chair leather repair process to enable the repair to take. Some repair kits contain a solvent for this purpose, although sandpaper can also be gently rubbed on the surface of the leather around the damage to remove any dirt, as well as the coating that was added as part of the manufacture process. If the edge of the damaged leather has curled outward, carefully cut these off with a sharp scissors to ensure a tidy repair.    

Step 4 – Attach Backing

Using tweezers, work the canvas backing patch beneath the leather at the chair leather repair site by holding it in place at one edge and pushing the rest into position until it lays flat. Once it is correctly in place, use the palette knife to apply a thin layer of adhesive to the underside of the lip of the leather. Press it to the canvas and hold it in place for a few minutes until it dries.   

Step 5 – Fill or Patch

For minor chair leather repairs, apply a thin layer of the filler included within the repair kit with the palette knife. This process must be continued until the hole is filled, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. Take care not to overfill the hole, as this will cause a protrusion. Rectify an inadvertent overfill by gently rubbing the surface with fine sandpaper.

For larger holes, the leather patch must be attached first. Do this by applying a thin later of adhesive to the reverse of the patch and press it to the canvas backing, ensuring that it fits in as snugly as possible. When it is dry, fill any holes around the edge using the same process as for minor defects.

Step 6 – Finish off

Replace the color that was removed during the chair leather repair by dabbing on some colorant, blending it in by spraying it on in smooth, even strokes. When you have the correct coloration, leave it to dry before applying the coating to reseal the leather. Leave it to fully dry before use.

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