How To Make Your Leather Better!
Another DIY project that is quite within the realms of the competent handy person is leather repair. Many of us have leather furniture or leather upholstery in our homes and cars that starts to show signs of wear, have scratches from use or from pets, and has some discolouration or fading.
With the technology available today even the worst of leather furniture can be restored to an almost new condition with a little training.
There are many do it yourself leather repair kits on the market, and these have been available for many years. Some will give a better result than others, and as such the whole diy leather repair market has been branded with a negative stereotype.
However there are good quality kits out there that are capable of producing excellent results. It is not possible to recommend them here, but you just need to do some research and look for recommendations and good reviews.
Many of the kits available today still rely on techniques that have been around for many years, and as such offer a less than desirable result. There are also many home remedies, which are usually quick fixes and not advisable to use.
One of the most popular processes it the heat cure process, which uses a screen printing ink to cure on the leather. The heat used in this process is not good for leather, and the area can easily be damaged. Because a low heat is used in order to avoid any damage, the repair is generally very weak and quickly fails. This process is better suited to vinyl materials.
There are also water based repair kits available, also known as air dried kits. These are based on PVA water based glue, and is really not suitable for a quality leather repair. It results in a hard area when dry and is uncomfortable for sitting and is liable to crack in a very shore time.
Be wary also of the kits sold on TV infomercials and programmes. These kits are usually no better than kits available elsewhere, but are sold at a higher price to cover the cost of the advertising.
So I would say that home leather repair is definitely within the realms of the diy’er. But my advice would be to do your research. Be completely sure that the kit you are buying is capable of taking care of the repair problem that you have, and then look for reviews. Only buy those products that have a good reputation.
If after all this you feel that your antique leather chaise or your classic car upholstery would be better served by employing a professional, then there are many reputable leather repair businesses in most areas that can restore your prized leather jacket or furniture back to like new condition.
Give them a call and ask for a quote. It may be better in some instances to pay that bit extra to get the job done right. If the repair is small or not on something valuable, then the diy option may well be the way to go and offer a much less expensive solution.