How to Fix a Rip in Fake Leather

Faux leather is an inexpensive alternative to products crafted from genuine animal hides. Despite it's cheaper price, faux leather is relatively durable and often can pass for the real thing to the inexperienced eye. However, it can suffer from burns, scratches and tears, which can ruin an otherwise attractive jacket, handbag or sofa. Faux leather tears usually can be fixed with a leather repair kit that seals the torn area back into place.

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Faux leather can replicate the rugged, grainy appearance of leather.

Step 1

Apply the cleaning product that comes with the kit around the area of the rip. Wipe the solution off with cotton swabs after a couple of minutes. This will clear any tiny fragments of dirt and debris from the leather surface, and make the repair process easier.

Step 2

Prepare the repair compound. Most faux leather repair kits come with two separate compounds. These should be mixed in a small container using a spatula. Check the instructions that come with your kit for exact instructions on preparing the compound.

Step 3

Smear the compound over the area of torn leather using a spatula. Ensure the compound covers the entire area affected by the tear and the frayed edges of the surrounding leather.

Step 4

Remove any excess compound fluid using a soft cloth or paper towel.

Step 5

Bond the torn area by applying heat to the source of the tear. Position a hairdryer or a portable fan heater around 10 inches from the source of the tear. Let it work for around 10 minutes so the compound can bind with the faux leather

Step 6

Apply the colorant that comes with your repair kit to hide the source of the tear, using the included brush. Most kits come with several color options. Test the color by applying it to a hidden area of the item to see how well it matches. The colorant should conceal the source of the tear and even out the color tone of the surrounding faux leather. Let the colorant dry according to the repair kit instructions.

Step 7

Apply a leather conditioner around the area where the faux leather is torn. This will add moisture to the leather, and reduce the likelihood of it becoming brittle and tearing again in the future.


Jason Prader

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