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Leather Repair
Below are the five basic steps in Leather Repair. Following the basic steps we list some unique situations with directions for repair.

  1. Use clean, dry cloths. Clean off dirt and grime with VLC (Vinyl, Leather Cleaner). Then use S100 (Silicone Wash) to clean off silicones and contaminants. Last use FLP (Fitzgerald’s Leather Prep) to achieve a tacky surface.
  2. Cut a circular piece of VM6 sub-patch or HAS (heat activated sub-patch) 1/4″ to 1/2″ larger than the damage. Bond sub-patch under the repair with LRA (Leather Repair Adhesive). If you are going a heat cured repair, and you are using the HAS there is no need to use the LRA.
  3. Fill repair with LFF (Leather Flexfill), DLFF (Deep Leather Flexfill), or EZ Fill and air-dry. You may use low heat on heat gun to speed up drying time. Sand smooth with 320 or 400 grit W/D sandpaper.
  4. Optional to use LRA (Leather Repair Adhesive) to seal repair.
  5. If necessary, re-texture leather with WBG/S3 or VM12 (Water Base Spray Grain) by spraying in quick short bursts until desired grain is achieved.

Unique Situations
To repair scratches or scuff marks, do the following steps:

  • Clean and sand, then apply a thin coat of LRA.
  • Let dry, then sand and texture with LCL (Leather Clone-it)
  • Seal with LS5 (Leather Sealer) and Recolor.
  • Using dry clean cloths clean the damaged area with a good dirt remover such as VLC or Lexol Cleaner.
  • Next wipe the repair area with S-100 and finally with Leather Prep.
  • Now sand the area to be repaired with 320 wet/dry sandpaper to expose unfinished leather.
  • If the damage is deep scratches or shallow gouges, fill them with LRA or EZ Fill.
  • Dry with low heat, sand smooth and grain.

If the damage is deep gouges or deep cracks, we suggest the following:

  • Coat the damage with a film of LRA and dry with low heat.
  • Fill with EZ Fill, dry with low heat. Sand with 320 w/d sandpaper.

If the repair sands out nicely but lifts at the ultra-thin edges, rub a thin film of LRA on the area. This will set the repair, and allow you to finish sand the repair with no lifting at the edges.

If the repair needs more filling, try the following steps:

  • Coat with a thin layer of LRA and dry.
  • Add a thin layer of EZ Fill, dry and sand level and smooth with 400 w/d sandpaper. A film coat of LP Leather Primer will give better adhesion to the Color Coat.
  • After the first coat of color, inspect the repair for quality. If you are satisfied, grain the area and color coat as needed.

If the damage is a hole through the leather, try these steps:

  • First place a subordinate patch under the repair.
  • Bond the sub-patch with LRA being sure that all the edges are tightly adhered to the sub- patch and there is a coating of LRA on the sides and bottom of the hole.
  • Fill the hole about half way with DLFF.
  • Dry and layer LRA and DLFF until the hole is filled.
  • Finish the repair in the same manner as described in the previous paragraph.

Key Terms:
VLC = Vinyl & Leather Cleaner
LFFII = Leather Flex Fill
DLFF = Deep Leather Flex Fill
LRA = Leather Repair Adhesive
EZ Fill = Easy Fill