Don’t be surprised if you rip a hole in your expensive leather car seat or simple recliner. However, if such an event is critical and you really want to avoid further damage, then call a professional to repair it (around $150). But even if you only want to avoid further damage, you could always repair it on your own with a leather/veil tan repair kit. This article is going to show you how.
The first thing you need to do when doing leather car seat repair yourself is to remove the covers. This includes the headrests and the arm rest. Once these parts are removed, you will then need to take out the hardware that holds everything together. You can get this information from the manufacturer or by getting the serial number of the hardware to find the part you need.
Now it’s time to go get some tear resistant sealant. Most of the time, leather upholstery tears because the seams are too close to each other. So to help with sealing the seams, you may want to spray a little petroleum jelly or other type of sealant over the area so you have some sort of an extra layer of protection.
After you’ve applied the sealant, use a very sharp knife to remove as much of the team as possible. Remember to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. Now it’s time to take out the tools you’ll need to do your leather upholstery repair process. Get the blades to your preferred size for the job (I prefer blades that are either blunt or very sharp).
Use a file to create an even surface and sand the area until it is nice and smooth. Once you have the smoothest and even surface, it’s time to take out the electrical components you removed during the cigarette burns. Use the soldering iron to melt the hole and stick the piece back into place.
Using a seam ripper, remove the excess backing from both sides of the hole. Next, you will want to attach the backing to the chair using a seam ripper. Once the backing is done, you should run a bead of silicone caulk through one of the holes. You should repeat the process for the remaining holes in the kit (two total). Then put on your safety glasses and apply a good quality base coat over the entire piece (this will prevent the backing from coming loose).