How to Repair Leather Car Seats with Cracks

Leather car seats are not only durable but also luxurious. This is my many drivers love them in their cars. After using these seats for long, they can wear and tear.

But does this mean that you will have to buy another leather car seat? Not necessarily! If you know how to repair leather car seats with cracks, you can give your seats a new look.

This is an essential part of taking care of the interior of your car. I will take you through some tips on how to repair leather car seats with cracks.

The following is a list of the tools that you will need to repair any cracked leather car seat:

  • Microfiber Towel
  • A new toothbrush
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Seams fixing glue
  • Water
  • Hairdryer
  • Leather conditioner
  • Grit sandpaper (400-800)
  • Sponge
  • Liquid leather products
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

Step By Step Guide of Repairing Cracked Leather Seat

Remove the seats to a clean empty place

It is essential to prepare your working place by cleaning it. Then carefully remove your leather seats out of the car to your enclosed working area. Removing the seats to an enclosed clean place will make the task easier as there you can remove all nooks and crannies.

This is to make sure that the seat does not pick up more dirt particles get or damaged as when done in an open place.

Cleaning the leather seats

Now it is time to clean our leather seats. Take your handheld vacuum and vacuum the seats at a low unit of power. This should be done until you see that your leather seats do not have any patches.

Then take your new microfiber towel and pour on it few drops of the leather cleaning liquid.

Use the towel to wipe the seats either side, but it should be noted this has to be in a one direction motion. This is to make sure that any dirt residues which had accumulated on them are completely removed.

Nevertheless, you may still see some dirt spots on them. Do not panic on such occurrence as here we will clean it using the new toothbrush we had on our tool list.

We will thus pour on it a few drops of the cleansing liquid product and scratch it at the dirt spots. Then we will use isopropyl alcohol to remove any cleaning residues left.

The reason we preferred isopropyl alcohol it is because it cannot damage the leather unlike other solvents containing hydrocarbon or heptane. Thus the cleaning process is over, and we need to leave the leather seats to dry.

Preview the leather seats

Have a close check to confirm that all the dirt spots have been removed. Pass over your hand to feel the texture of your leather seats. The common texture of any leather always have some small roughness holes, fading, and scratches.

Therefore if you notice some large holes. You need to take your car leather seats to an expert who will help you restore they're fine texture. If you notice any separate seam, you will need to fix it as explained below.

Repairing a Separated Seam

The process of repairing a separated seam is very simple, unlike the cleaning process. Here we shall use our seam fixing glue and not a normal superglue.

The problem with the normal super glue is because it can damage the leather seats due to its harshness. After gluing the separated seams, we will have to leave it to dry and seal the seams.

However, this should be done following the instructions written on the glue's bottle.Use your grit sandpaper to refine the rough sand spots caused by scratches.

This should be done gently until you feel that the roughness has smoothened off.

Doing this helps the liquid leather applied to make it have a great desirable look properly.

Fixing Cracks and Small Holes

Here, we are going to use the toner which always comes with the liquid leather to match the color of the leather seat. This works well when you are dealing with small holes and cracks. It is essential to ensure that you match the right color based on the seat color.

Spray some amount of the liquid leather on every party of the seat. Make a dilute of water and liquid leather product in the proportion of two-volume of water to one volume of leather liquid. 

Use it to fix cracks and small holes on the leather. Then leave the seats to dry overnight and apply leather conditioner the next day and let it dry.

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rachel frampton

My car’s leather is starting to brittle. That’s why I am planning to look for an auto leather repair shop that can fix this matter. But I’d still give this a chance, I’ll try following your advice of removing the leather seats from the car, and get rid of the nooks and crannies.

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