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January 06, 2020

Although leather and vinyl are two completely different materials yet most people can’t make a differentiation between the two. While leather is the hide of any four-legged animals, vinyl is synthetic resin or simply plastic mostly consists of polyvinyl chloride. A the same time, you will find leather to be warmer and softer while vinyl as stiffer and colder. 

Apart from these differences, there is still a similarity between the two. That’s over the time both suffer from the same diseases - faded color, hole and cut, and require the same treatment. However, today, in this article, you will be learning the simplest processes of healing the mentioned diseases of leather and vinyl. 

How to repair leather and vinyl?

See, whatever the disease is, it primarily requires a good cleaning to be ready for further treatment. This is why you will find our entire write up divided into four parts - cleaning, repairing color, scratch and hole or cut. Here we go!

Clean the surface

  • For cleaning, at first, you must prepare cleaning solution that you can do in multiple ways with multiple materials. For example, you may mix warm water and dishwashing soap. Imagine that it is your cleaning solution.  
  • Take a clean rag piece that has highly absorption quality. Dip it into the solution. Squeeze it well to make sure that the rag isn’t completely wet. Rub the rag on and around the damaged part. Repeat the process at least three times. 
  • Take another piece of clean rag that’s completely dry and has a high absorption quality. Wipe the washed area with it to make sure that no watery mood is visible. 
  • After wiping, leave the leather for at least two hours so that it can get dried up naturally with natural air.  

Fix the faded surface 

  • Do you know what’s the precondition of fixing both leather and vinyl surface well? It’s having a quality leather repair kit that you must purchase wisely consulting the experts if you’re a beginner. 
  • Among the tools of your leather repair kit, there must  be a leather fix compound. Drop required amount of the compound all over a sponge. Dab the sponge over the faded surface and rub all over the faded place well.  
  • After the completion of the first cycle of dabbing and rubbing, do the same for three more times, or repeat the same until the result is satisfactory to you. 
  • Using the same sponge piece apply a thin layer of leather color all over the faded area. Let the layer dry up well. 
  • Has the layer dried up well? Are you satisfied with the color output? Then, stop applying any more layer of color. But, if you aren’t then keep applying layer as long as you aren’t satisfied. Remember that there must be a gap of minimum half an hour between every application. 
  • Once you have applied the color layer successfully, it’s time to apply leather conditioner. Apply a layer of it with a clean rag piece all over the faded leather part. Apply the conditioner evenly and end the process. 

Fix the scratches 

  • Take sufficient amount (based on the volume of scratches) of distilled white vinegar. Apply that all over the scratched area with a clean rag piece. Let the part dry up. After that buff the same part using any colorless shoe polish. 
  • Spread necessary amount of olive or orange oil all over a clean rag piece and rub that all over the scratches.  
  • Use a blow-dryer to dry up the oiled part. Remember to turn the dryer settings to medium.  
  • End this fixing process spraying weather-resistant protection. You must spray this protective liquid after every three month.

Fix cut or hole 

  • Cut out a sub patch for every cut or hole. Keep in mind the sub patch must be a bit larger than the size of the cut or hole. Moreover, you must cut it in a round shape. Use tweezers to place the sub patch under the cut or hole.  
  • Take a palette knife, apply required amount of glue all over it. Apply the glue underside of the leather and the sub patch underneath.  
  • Flat the part dabbing it with your hands. If any excess glue comes out of the hole or cut, wipe that with a clean rag piece. 
  • Use the same tweezers to insert filler between underneath the leather and front of the patch. Leave the part to dry up well.  
  • When the part is completely dried, apply a thin layer of color using a quality sponge or coloring brush. Let the color dry up well.  


  • Avoid leaving your leather or vinyl product or placing leather or vinyl furniture in a place where sunlight enters directly. 
  • Always be aware of water or watery material while drinking that sitting upon the leather or vinyl furniture. If any amount of liquid falls on the leather or vinyl surface, wipe that instantly. 
  • Never leave your children around or over the leather or vinyl furniture or product with sharp material. 
  • Do you have a pet? Then, keep its nails short. 
  • For repairing, never compromise with the quality of the repairing products. Otherwise, these may worsen the leather or vinyl.  
  • Never apply layer of anything one after another instantly. Maintain a gap of 30-minutes between each application. 

Final words

So, these were all from our part regarding how to repair leather and vinyl. Hope you have enjoyed the write up and learnt a lot of new things. Before you are going to adopt any of the processes to repair your leather or vinyl, we strongly recommend you to revise the relevant section repeatedly to avoid unexpected mistakes.