How to Repair a Large Tear on Leather Car Seats


There are three ways to fix a big tear in the leather car seat. These methods include liquid leather, leather repair kits, and leather patches. You can use any of the methods at home as a quick and affordable option.

Different Types of Car Seat leather damage

Overuse or incorrect maintenance can cause the car seat leather to get damaged. Too much sunlight on the interior of your car can hasten this process. Understanding the type of damage you have is the first step in knowing how to repair leather. The common leather damage types include holes, tears, and cracks.

3 Simple DIY Methods You Can Employ To Fix A Torn Car Seat Leather

You can save a lot of money and time by repairing leather damage at home. Three methods are frequently employed for do-it-yourself leather repairs. Each method should be applied to particular situations and kinds of damage. They are as follows:

Method 1: Using a Liquid Leather

  • Check that your liquid leather perfectly matches your seat. It’s a sealant and adhesive in one.
  • Clean the seats. Remove any crumbs or debris from the seat. Then, use an alcohol solution to remove any residue from the seat.
  • Use a sponge to apply a 30% diluted ether solution to the worn area. Wipe the area down with a damp cloth. Then allow the leather to dry completely.
  • Coat the entire seat with a full-strength coat. This keeps the seat’s color consistent and hides the damaged area.
  • Once the leather has dried, condition it. This prolongs the life of the leather.

Method 2: Using a Leather Repair Kit

Check that your kit matches the color of your leather before you begin.

  • Clean your car seat with a damp rag and mild soap.
  • If any strings or pieces are hanging off the tear, trim them.
  • Put some glue on the backing cloth material and stick it behind the tear. Then allow the glue to dry.
  • Several layers of leather filler should be applied. Allow each layer to dry before applying the next with a palette knife.
  • Sand down the top layer with a sand block until it is flush with the seat. The larger the grit, the better.
  • With a damp cloth, wipe away any remaining sand debris.
  • Using a clean cloth, apply the colorant. Allow the first layer to dry before beginning the next if you’re using multiple layers.
  • To seal in the color, apply the sealant. Sit on it after the sealant has dried.

Method 3: Using A Patch

Just like the previous steps, select a leather swatch that matches the color of your seat.

  • Make the patch slightly larger than the tear.
  • Put wax paper under the tear to keep the glue foam from affecting the foam underneath.
  • Attach the patch to the car seat with leather adhesive. Then, allow the patch to dry completely.

What to do if the car seat is severely Damaged

At times your car seat may have more damage than just a small tear. The entire seat could be cracked, or the foam could be missing or falling out. If this is the case, you will need to have your car reupholstered if you want it to look like a new one again. Reupholstering a car is not the same as a “do it yourself” repair.

If you plan to reupholster your car, there are a few things you should consider first. The cost of reupholstering is important because it can cost thousands of dollars. You must be aware of the current market value of your vehicle.

Is it worth it if the reupholstery costs more than the value of your car?

If it ever gets to this phase it might be time to buy a new car. When you buy a new car, you can customize the interior to your liking. In addition to the new interior, you receive all of the benefits of a new car. It could be a more efficient, stylish, or simply a newer version of your beloved old car. A new car gives you new confidence and relieves some of your stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix a big hole in a car seat?

Cut a piece of fabric adhesive that is larger than the hole, insert it into the ripped area, and then cover it with the fabric patch. Heat the fabric and glue it with an iron according to the adhesive’s instructions. They should cling together, and the adhesive should stick to the fabric’s inner.

Can you repair tears in leather car seats?

If your leather car seat has a tear, hole, or crack, you might start to wonder if your car needs a completely new upholstery. Fortunately, you can take care of minor damage on your own. Use a repair kit to mend tears, a patch to patch holes, or liquid leather to refinish the seats and cover cracks.