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How to repair a leather sofa: A guide to saving leather – and money

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There’s an ugly rip in your leather couch! No problem, knowing how to repair leather will save you time and money. Our guide explains how to repair torn leather and points you to the right products for the job. We’ll have that ghastly rip fixed in no time!

How to repair leather sofas: The right adhesives

Whether you’re learning how to repair leather car seats, couches or chairs, choosing the right glue is critical for success. Leather is a pliable material and requires a strong yet flexible glue for best adhesion. Loctite Super Glue Power Gel Control contains a rubber-infused formula that forms a powerful and flexible bond. It’s shock and temperature resistant from -50°C up to 120°C making it ideal for use on leather. With its gel formula and easy squeeze applicator, it’s easy to apply to a precise area.

Another Loctite glue with a convenient application method is Loctite Super Glue Liquid Brush On. These adhesives are also very convenient to apply and great for repairing leather.

For large repairs that require repositioning, reach for Loctite 60 Seconds All-Purpose Glue. This clear adhesive will match the color of any surface. Its highly versatile formula works on multiple surfaces, is solvent - free, and provides 40 seconds of repositioning time.

How to repair ripped leather: Step by step

If you have a clean rip without frayed edges, gluing is straight forward. Here’s how to repair ripped leather with Loctite Super Glue Power Gel Control.

  1. Clean surfaces and make sure that the bonded areas are close-fitting.
  2. Lightly dampen porous substrates with a wet cloth.
  3. Screw closure clockwise to activate the pack and remove the top.
  4. Lightly press the application wings to distribute the adhesive. Apply a small bead along one edge of the ripped leather.
  5. Join the parts and hold in place for at least 30 seconds.
  6. Leave to cure for 10 minutes, or overnight to allow full bond strength to develop.

How to patch a leather couch

Larger tears in leather might require a sub-patch installation. Inserting a sub-patch will serve to strengthen the bond and hold the rip together more effectively. Here’s how to repair leather seats with a sub-patch.

  1. Clean the area you’re repairing.
  2. Cut the sub-patch to fit the hole and slide it under the surface of the leather. Make sure the patch sits smoothly under the leather and is free of lumps or imperfections.
  3. Apply Loctite Super Glue Liquid Brush On to both sides of the tear, and on the patch.
  4. Quickly wipe off any excess glue.
  5. Place the seam back together and hold in place.
  6. Secure the seam with masking tape and leave to set for approximately 2 hours.
  7. Remove the tape and wipe away excess residue.

Products used

  • Loctite SuperGlue PowerGel Control 4g
    LOCTITE SUPERGLUE Control PowerGel

    LOCTITE SuperGlue PowerGel: Precision bonds that are quick and anti-clog for reliable repairs. (Except PE, PP, car glass, Styropor, and synthetic fibers)

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