Leather is an expensive material and one is always careful and cautious about keeping a favorite leather jacket or other garment away from accidental damage. But, sometimes, some kind of damage can occur, in spite of your best efforts, and in such situations, it is important that you know, how you can set things right, rather than just moaning or lamenting your misfortune. Some methods of repairing damage such as cuts, burns or holes in leather are discussed below for your reference.
A liquid leather repair kit. If you own any leather garments, then a liquid leather kit should necessarily be a part of your arsenal to avoid accidents. There are several variants and brands of leather repair kits which are available over the Internet as well as shops and establishments in real time and the price is very affordable.
Contents of the kit. Each liquid leather repair kit will consist of the following items:
- Liquid adhesives in several colors
- A spatula
- Textured grain paper
- Heat Applicator
Other material you may need on hand while carrying out your repairs:
Mending the cuts. First, read the manufacturer's instructions on the kit carefully and make sure you follow the exact directions. Next, pick the adhesives which match the color of your leather. In some instances, you may need to mix one or more adhesives together to get the desired color. Once the liquid adhesives are mixed, spread them on the cut or hole with the help of the spatula provided. The adhesive mixture should be spread evenly with no lumps or thick globs forming. Using the spatula, blend the adhesive mixture, until it is the same color as the leather.
Select one of the textured grain papers provided in the kit. The paper you select should have a similar grain texture as the grain on the leather. Place the paper flatly over the area where the adhesive mixture has been applied.
Use the heat applicator provided, to heat up both the paper as well as the adhesive. At this point, you can place an additional heating pad below the paper and adhesive, since more heat will only help in fixing the adhesive mixture to the leather. Keep moving the applicator around the entire area, until the adhesive mixture has completely bonded with the leather. If that doesn't happen, use only the tip of a hot iron to supply additional heat. Once the bonding is complete, allow the repaired area to dry out and cool completely.
Using patches. Another method, though lot more laborious than the method described above, is to patch the hole or damage by fixing another patch of leather over the cut area. Before patching, remove all uneven and rough edges from the tear or cut, if the damage is a burn, cut out the whole burnt area.
Find a leather patch which is similar or as close to similar, as you leather garment. Measure and cut the patch to the exact dimensions of the damaged area. You will need to cut a similar patch in linen or any other fabric, which is the exact or close enough shade as your leather. Leave an extra inch all around on the fabric patch.
Get a clear, good quality liquid or solid adhesive and fix the leather patch over the hole or cut with it. Next, fix the linen or fabric patch over the leather patch, such that the entire glued leather patch is hidden from view. Place a heavy weight over the patched area and allow the glue to set and dry out completely.
A minor variation on the leather patch method is to sew on the patch instead of gluing it, using a decorative stitching pattern. Of course, this is best done by the experts, so you should take you damaged leather to the nearest leather repair shop or a saddler if one is located in your area. You can also browse the Internet, to check for professionals who stitch or work with leather to create garments such as jackets, gloves, etc. If you do not want to make all that effort, however, any of the two methods discussed above, should suffice to meet your needs.