You forgot your car keys in your back pocket, you threw something you shouldn’t have thrown in the front seat, or you just bought your car not long ago.
Either way, you’re going to face the same consequence: a broken leather car seat.
Especially if you’ve just spent a ton of money on the perfect leather interior, tearing can be a serious problem.
Whether you want to learn how to repair leather seats in an Audi, a new SUV, or a modern car, we’ve got you covered.
The good news?
Car leather seat repair doesn’t always mean spending a lot of time and money. Instead, you may be surprised at how easy it is to do it yourself.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about repairing leather car seats.
Repairing a Broken Seat
What’s the first step in learning how to repair leather seats in a Mitsubishi or other makes and models of cars?
Purchase a basic leather repair kit. In most cases, the car manufacturer will sell a specific repair kit that matches the car’s upholstery. This means that the color of the leather repair material will be closest to the color of the leather itself.
Next, gently clean the leather around the tear, being careful not to make it worse.
Especially if you’ve neglected the leather tear for too long, the leather is likely to have accumulated trash, dust, dirt, and other filth.
This is easily fixed with just soap and water. Allow the leather to dry completely, wait at least ten minutes, and then proceed to wipe it down.
Once it’s dry, take a look at the interior around the tear. Especially if the rip has been there for a long time, the leather material will likely have started to crumple upwards and bare threads will be exposed.
Simply cut them off with a nail clipper.
There should be some leather glue and padding in your leather seat repair kit. Now, slowly and gently place the liner over the tear and push the liner under the hole.
Once correctly positioned, apply the leather glue and wait for it to set for about 15 minutes.
Leather Filling and Beyond
Once the leather adhesive has dried, it’s time for the next step, repairing the leather seats in your Ford or other type of vehicle.
Begin by smoothing the surface and completely filling the seams with the leather filler from the repair kit. Use a butter knife or palette knife to apply the filler to the cloth. Wait for each layer of filler to dry before adding more.
After completely covering all seams and backing cloth, sand the filler with sandpaper to even it out. Do not do this step until everything is completely dry.
Avoid sanding too much – this is why you should not use sandpaper, but a sanding block.
Once the sanded area looks even, it’s time to clean it up a little. Especially if you need to sand a lot of baseboards, you’ll likely stain the seat during the sanding process.
Just clean it up with soap, water and a damp rag, just as you did when you started the repair.
As always, wait until everything is completely dry before moving on to the next and final step.
Apply leather colorant
Once everything is dry and the tear looks as if it has been completely covered, it’s time to apply the leather colorant.
The purpose of this is to make the repaired area the same shade as the rest of the seat.
This is the final step in most leather car seat repairs.
Gently take a cloth (not the wet one you always use) and start by putting a few drops of colorant on it. Then, slowly and gently apply it to the repaired area.
You may need to do a patch test first, especially if the automaker doesn’t offer a leather repair kit.
You may need to use several coats of leather stain to get an exact color match. As you might expect, you’ll have to wait until each layer is completely dry before applying another.
However, the final neat and shiny look will be well worth your time and effort.
Now, no one will be able to tell that there was ever a crack in your leather!
How to Repair Car Leather Seats: Summary
Whether you drive a Toyota or a Volvo, we hope you found this guide helpful.
Remember to invest in the right type of leather repair kit and use our auto repair service manuals for accurate instructions based on your make and model.
Of course, fixing cracked car leather seats isn’t the only upgrade you can make to your car’s overall interior.
From installing a better sound system to tinting your windows for privacy, the list of things you can do is endless.
We want to help you update and maintain your car safely and successfully.