How to Repair Cracked Leather
Cracked leather repair is a skill that can serve you well for a long time to come because it is inevitable that you will come across leather cracked from use. Leather, by definition, is flesh that has been tanned and treated. Cracked leather repair takes patience and practice as well some distinct tools. The following article will show you how to conduct cracked leather repair on most surfaces.
Step 1 - Clean the Leather
Since the leather is cracked it is safe to assume that it is old and worn. Use the dry brush to remove any dirt, dust, or debris. You want a piece of leather that is soft, clean, and flexible. Once the top layer of dirt is removed, you can clean the leather more deeply. Use the shoe dauber to apply the saddle soap. You do not have to soak the leather completely through, however, if you are working on leather belts or shoes then you want to work the saddle soap in until the leather is flexible. Allow it to fully dry before you continue. You want the leather to feel somewhat creamy to the touch but not wet, and it should remain flexible.
Step 2 - Smooth the Leather Cracks
Dab your leather with a little bit of the mink oil. Smooth it over the surface using the back of the stainless steel spoon, using light pressure when rubbing the cracks until the cracks appear to not be as deep or pronounced. Working with shoes require that the shoes are stuffed so that the leather is rigid. Use a hard surface when working on belts or similar items.
Step 3 - Treat the Leather
Once the cracks are as good as you can get them, you want to condition all of the leather on the item. Shoe cream is a great product for treating cracked leather since it will not only color the cracks in the leather but blend the color of the entire item. This means that cracks in the leather will be well blended.
Step 4 - Treating Deeper Cracks
A deep crack can be repaired to look good as new. Use a used dryer sheet cut to the size of the crack plus an extra inch all around. Use a spatula to apply leather glue to the crack's inside and all around it by an inch. Maneuver the dryer sheet into the crack using the spatula while the glue remains wet. Spread out the dryer sheet so it connects to the glue and then press the leather together at the sides until the sides touch. Dry the area overnight and then apply mink oil to smooth out the crack.
Once your repairs have been finished, be sure to use leather conditioner at least once a week.