How To Repair A Leather Car Seat

Thursday, June 11, 2020
How-To Guide - Leather Car Seat Repair
By: Kevin Reilly
Do you have a damaged leather car seat?  Rips, tears, or holes typically develop in the seats that get the most use (often the driver’s seat), and they can take many different shapes.  “Seam tears” that go all the way through to the seat cushioning make for the cleanest fix, while surface tears and cracks (that keep spreading the more you get in-and-out of your car!) present more of a challenge.  It just so happens, I had both types of damage in my own driver’s seat!  In this guide, we’re going to walk through how to fix two types of leather damage in a way that will last and look great.

How to fix a tear that goes all the way through the leather car seat (such as a “seam tear”):

  1. Cut a piece of denim larger than the torn area.
    The Leather Repair Kit Comes With Tear Mender Adhesive, Color Compounds And Patch Fabric
  2. Insert the denim into the hole, and center the patch under the torn area.
    Place The Repair Patch Inside The Rip
  3. Dispense Tear Mender into a paper bowl, and dip your finger into it (don’t worry, it will peel off your finger easily!)

  4. Use your finger to apply a thin layer of Tear Mender to the denim while the other hand holds the tear open (if the car seat has perforated holes in it, be careful not to apply so much that it leaks through the leather).
    Use Your Finger To Apply A Thin Layer Of Tear Mender
  5. Press the leather down onto the denim and allow to dry for 3 minutes!
    The Torn Leather Seat Has Been Repaired with Tear Mender

How to fix surface damage or cracked leather on your car seat:

Cracked Leather on Car Seat
  1. Dispense Tear Mender into a disposable bowl or cup.  Dip your finger in the Tear Mender and use it to fill in the low points of the cracks and surface tears.  Allow to dry.  (Don’t worry--it will adhere only to the fibrous material down in the crack, and you will be able to wipe or peel it off the shiny finished surface of the leather).
    Dispense Tear Mender Into A BowlUsing Your Finger Apply Tear Mender Into The Cracked Leather
  2. Depending on how deep or cracked the damage is, you may want to repeat step 1 a few times, to completely fill in the damaged area and restore the strength of the leather.

  3. Use an emery board (a disposable nail file) to sand away the excess fabric glue and remove the shiny finish in the area immediately surrounding the damage.  (This step is like patching a wall--use the emery board to ‘sand’ the damaged area and dried Tear Mender until you have a flush, matte surface that will allow the finishing compound to adhere in the steps below).
    Use An Eemory Board To Smooth The Surface Of The Tear
  4. Wipe the area with an alcohol pad so the finishing compound will adhere to the surface.
    Use An Alcohol Wipe To Clean And Prepare The Tear For Color Compound Application
  5. Mix a combination of the three finishing compounds included in the Tear Mender Leather Repair kit (white, black, and brown) to match the color of your car seat.  (My seat is dark grey, so I mixed white and black until I had the right shade).
    The Leather Repair Kit Comes With Three Shades of Color CompoundMix The Colors Together Until You Reach A Match For Your Leather
  6. Apply a layer of the finishing compound with a plastic spatula and let it dry.
    Apply A Layer of Finishing Compound Over The Repair
  7. Repeat Step 6 until you have obscured the repair.  (You may want to gently blot the final coat of finishing compound with a sponge to add a texture to the finishing compound and further match your leather).
    The Torn Seat Has Been Repaired With Tear Mender And Disguised By Color Compound
Click Here to purchase the Tear Mender Leather Repair Kit with adhesive and color compounds. 

Do you have photos of your repairs?  Send them to kreilly@lhbindustries for a chance to win a 2 oz. bottle of Tear Mender.