A flexible vinyl and leather filler kit is needed to repair upholstery that has:
- rips, cuts, tears or holes (see video below);
- rough, scaly, chafed texture or fuzzy suede exposed (end of the video);
- damaged piping or welting;
- tears in perforated panels;
- cracking vinyl.
Repairing peeling bonded, bicast, and polyurethane leathers is not recommended. See why and our solution.
This video shows how to subpatch and repair a large hole as well as the scaly surroundings using Soft Filler putty. If your hole is larger than 2″ in diameter, click here.
- 00:30 – Cutting the subpatch
- 01:00 – Inserting the subpatch
- 01:20 – Glueing the subpatch
- 03:14 – Cleaning excess glue and readying the surface for repair compound
- 03:48 – Applying the leather filler, spreading, and feathering
- 05:16 – Dry time and how to tell when the filler has cured
- 06:22 – Sanding (we now recommend smoothing and feathering with rubbing alcohol)
- 06:58 – Additional layers of filler repair compound
- 08:32 – Texturizing and final sanding
- 09:41 – Recoloring the repaired area
Soft Filler is water-based. An incandescent bulb, heat lamp or sunny window are needed to warm the surface to 120º – 145º F (49º – 63º C). Hair dryers are no longer advised, as they can blow moisture inward and prevent proper curing. The filler will change from white to mostly clear, and is cured when no longer tacky.
Rubbing alcohol can also be used to correct imperfections in the cured filler. Less is more, and you can always re-work the repair!
|Type of Damage||Total Area of Damage||Filler Needed|
|Scaly, cracked, worn or thin but no large holes or voids||4 sq ft (2ft x 2 ft)||1 oz.|
|Scaly, cracked worn or thin but no large holes or voids||8 sq ft (2 ft x 4 ft)||2 oz.|
|Holes or tears (requires a subpatch & more layers of filler)||12 sq in (1 in x 1 ft)||1 oz.|
|Holes or tears (requires a subpatch & more layers of filler)||24 sq in (2 in x 1 ft)||2 oz.|
This video demonstrates use of a heat-cure filler, which requires a heat gun or special iron along with graining pads. We do not sell these products.
- 00:21 – Air dry vs. heat cure leather repair fillers
- 01:07 – Cleaning with a solvent
- 02:02 – Applying filler putty
- 02:48 – A word of caution when using a heat gun on leather
- 03:15 – How to know when the filler is cured and embossing with a grain pad
- 04:13 – Let cool and repeat
- 05:38 – Leveling out wrinkles and ridges
- 09:45 – Final texturizing
- 12:00 – A word about spray grains