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DIY Leather Repair Trick

The ol’ sandpaper and super glue leather repair trick is DIY and affordable with pro results as demonstrated in the video below.

Check out newer, better videos of how to repair cat scratch damage or a leather steering wheel using this same method.

Video Contents:

  • 0:24 – Why you may need a subpatch
  • 0:38 – Cutting the subpatch and rounding the corners
  • 1:05 – Inserting the subpatch
  • 1:44 – Gluing the patch to the leather
  • 3:20 – Demonstration of the Sandpaper Super Glue trick
  • 5:01 – Re-finishing the leather using Rub ‘n Restore® Walnut color

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CAUTION: Studies of workers in shoe factories and tanneries show sufficient evidence that exposure to leather dust causes sinonasal cancers, so wear a mask.

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  1. Michael Oxman says

    Great video, thanks. I was wondering – I have old vinyl car seats and several seams in the seat have torn open. The tearing was along the sewing holes, not the thread, so they can’t be resewn.

    I was thinking of taking off the seat covering and using iron-on pants patch material along the back side of the seams. Have you ever tried something like that? If not your subpatch/glue method looks like it will work fine for me.

    Thank you in advance.

    • lesandre says

      It’s a bummer when this happens, a sign that the vinyl has desiccated, shrunk and/or that it was too tightly upholstered to begin with which put undue stress on the material. A subpatch will reduce stress on the material and improve appearance. Maybe you can find a similar vinyl? Just be sure to use a strong glue for fabric and vinyl like 3M Plastic Emblem & Trim Adhesive or E6000. The challenge is tightly wrapping and glueing the patch around the backside of the seam where there is more bulk. But anything will be an improvement.

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