Leather Seat Repair
Today we have been called out to complete a leather seat repair to a Vauxhall Corsa car seat. The leather car seat is in a brand new car which the customer has caught the car seat which there jeans.
We start by cleaning back the area to remove any contamination or debris in the leather, we use a strong leather cleaner and a lint free cloth to undertake this process.
Now the area is cleaned we then you a solvent cleaner around the localised area, this removes any silicones or grease that may cause a adhesion problem when undertaking the repairs.
Now we have the area fully cleaned and prepped we need to cover the remaining area we are not working on to stop any overspray when we come to the finishing of the repairs.
We now start by adding a small amount of leather glue to the split area, being sure to only get the glue into the damaged area, once apply we dry the leather glue using a hair dryer this speeds up the process of the leather glue drying and increases the drying time.
Now the glue has fully cured we can start by applying a leather filler to the remainder of the split, we do this by applying thin layers drying each coat with a hair dyer between the coats. The leather filler if applied to thick will sink once fully cured so it’s very important that this is completed in thin coats.
The area is now fully filled with a slight smoothness to the area, this is where we need to start to recreate the grain to the leather to disguise the repair. By applying a grain copier this blends the repair in and makes it less obvious a repair has been undertaken.
We now need to start apply a leather dye to the repair, we apply our leather dye using a airbrush this not only gives great coverage but also leaves for a nice even finish on your repair.
The repair has now been completed we apply three layers of top coat to seal the work in, there are two options both a water based finished and a solvent based finish, on car seats we tend to opt for the solvent based as it will be harder wearing and waterproofed.
Leather should always be maintained with a leather cleaned and protection cream, these should alway be a two step process and products that offer a 2 in 1 or 3 in 1 products are better for spills and highlight cleans and not full maintenance.