Help with Calculating Auto Leather Repair Costs Help with Calculating Auto Leather Repair Costs
Auto leather repair can be expensive with professional repairers charging up to $100 per hour to fix scratches, holes and general wear and tear. It is much better to prevent the problems occurring in the first place but if you have a seat or other leather part that is damaged, here are a few things to keep in mind. All leather repair kits and products come with instructions. It is best to follow them as precisely as possible for a good repair job. Most repairs are not hard to do but it is much easier to prevent the damage in the first place.
- Depending on the damage, you will have to purchase a few different products to repair the seat. For cracks, you can purchase crack filler paste for around $9.95. This is a tinted acrylic filler which has the ability to stretch with the leather. It usually comes in a 1.5oz tub. Even though it is tinted, it will not usually match the seat leather exactly, so you may also have to purchase a coloring agent to color the whole seat so the cracked part doesn’t stand out.
- If your leather looks natural with natural creases in it, it will probably be what is known as ‘Aniline leather’. This leather is porus and will stain easily, so should be protected before it is used with a leather protector. This will cost around $12.99.
- A leather cream conditioner should be used on all leather seats to keep them supple and less likely to crack. Your seats should be conditioned 2 or 3 times a year and a conditioner spray or tub should cost around $9.99.
- When you are fixing holes, you will need a leather adhesive which will set you back around $12.99.
- You will also need a few odds and ends like mixing cups, lint-free cloths, a couple of sponges and gloves.
- All up, you will spend around $30 if you fix a hole yourself in your seat, and around $100 for a professional repair.
- A basic repair kit will cost from $60 to more than $300. These kits contain adhesive, filler, colorant, protective solution, gloves and everything else you need to fix most small damage.
- A seat ripped at the seam will need an industrial sewing machine to repair so you should take it to a professional.
Preventing Auto Leather Damage
There are many ways of damaging leather. Some of the most common are, pet claws, drink spills, cigarette burns, sun drying, ink stains and many more. There are a few ways of protecting your auto leather seats so you don’t have to go through the expense of repairing them.
- Don’t allow animals on the seats unless you have seat protectors
- Condition your seats regularly with a leather cream, this can also act as a barrier to liquid stains
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Don’t smoke in the car
- Make sure people, especially children don’t eat in the car
- Don’t clean your seats with a water soaked sponge, squeeze out the water well fist so the sponge is only damp
- Don’t use soap or chemicals on the leather, use products designed for cleaning leather
- Buying an automobile leather repair kit will make sure you can attend to any damage as soon as it happens; it also comes with instructions