Leather car seats can sometime crack due to improper care. Leather needs to remain moist so that it does not dry out and form small cracks in your car’s interior. If this has happened to you, do not worry. Repairing a crack or split in your leather seats is easy and economical. You should repair this damage right away so that it does not get worse over time.
1. Fill a small bucket with clean, warm water until it is about half way full. Add about half a teaspoon of dish soap to the water and mix thoroughly so that the soap is thoroughly combined with the water and the top has suds on it.
2. Clean your leather seats using this cleaning mixture and a scrub brush. You should clean the entire seat that has the damage on it, ensuring that you get into all of the cracks and crevices to remove any trapped dirt or debris.
3. Dry the leather seat thoroughly using a clean, dry lint-free cloth such as a terry cloth towel. Dry in all the seams' cracks and crevices thoroughly to ensure that all moisture is removed completely.
4. Apply rubbing alcohol to the surface of your leather seats to remove any grease or grime that may remain after cleaning and drying. Be sure that you dry the alcohol immediately after applying to your leather seats' surface.
5. Use a fine grit sandpaper to sand down the area where you leather car seats are damaged or cracked. You want to continue sanding until the area is smooth with the surface of the seat.
6. Apply a leather sealer to the area that is damaged, you can purchase a leather sealing product from your local auto repair store. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper application techniques.
7. Allow the leather sealer to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.
8. Use masking tape to tape off the rest of the area of the seat so that the touch-up paint is not allowed to spread to other areas of your seats.
9. Purchase a leather dye that matches the color of your leather seats from your local auto parts store. Be sure to choose a color that matches the color of your leather so that you will not be able to tell were the repairs where made.
10. Apply the leather dye in a thin layer to the affected areas of your leather interior.
11. Use a blow dryer to dry the leather sealer and dye until it is smooth and dry to the touch.
12. Apply a second coat of the leather dye using the same application methods, and dry with a blow dryer until the area is completely dry to the touch.
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