Repair >> Leather Repair Kits
Leather is often used in furniture and clothing and is a classic
and durable material enjoyed by almost everyone for its many uses.
What is also wonderful about leather is that there are plenty
of simple repair kits for nicks, tears, rips and gashes. Prices
for highly recommended repair kits are usually about $50, but
start as low as $15.
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Buying a kit is always a good option, especially when taking
your leather to a professional could cost you at least $65, and
could easily get into the $800 range, depending on the item. Most
leather repair kits are somewhat universal.
The same kit you buy to repair your leather jacket can often
be used on your leather recliner. Leather repair can be a simple
process if one checks for a few key ingredients before purchasing.
Check The Contents
Make sure that any kit you buy includes all of the basic elements
that you will need. A kit should let you know how much it contains,
so you can know ahead of time that you will have enough product
for the repair job you are doing.
A simple kit should include various foam applicators and a tray,
so you have a place to mix your compounds and colors. A kit which
has just a range of a specific color, along with recommendations
for mixing shades to get it just right, can sometimes be purchased
so you only get the color you need. The surfaces for many crafts
and projects need to be prepped before being repaired.
Leather is the same way. Your kit should contain some alcohol
pads, or a cleaner, which will remove the leather of all dirt
or grime, which could affect how well your repair job proceeds.
If your leather has rips, sub-patch materials, adhesives and sand
paper will often be necessary.
These items usually come with a standard leather repair kit.
A few simple kits include a leather conditioner as a bonus, which
is recommended for protecting leather from getting dry and cracked.
Liquid Leather Repair
Liquid leather repair kits are also an option and can be found
for as little as $15. This process uses a heat tool, spatula,
backing fabric, and colors to give the appearance of real leather.
The backing fabric is important because the compound will need
something to adhere to in order to really work.
Some will include re-usable grain papers to reproduce the appearance
of textured or grainy leather. Spending a little extra on a better
kit which includes a quality heat tool will be important if you
decide to use a liquid kit.
There are also liquid repair kits which do not use heat, in case
one is worried about treating antique or old leather. The no-heat
kits also include texture packets, adhesives and colors.
Read The Directions Before Buying
A good leather repair kit will include the color you need, the
correct amounts of colors and compounds, quality heat tools or
applicators, backing fabric and sometimes cleaners and conditioners.
A simple kit is one that provides you with step-by-step instructions
which can be applied to any job. If you are trying to spend a
little less on a kit, make sure it will include everything you
need and, if possible, directions that make sense to you.
Mixing colors to exactly match your furniture, clothes or accessories
is something you want to make sure you can do with the kit you
have. Bad directions can make what seems like a simple process,
a total headache. Make sure that the directions include a chart
showing how much of the compounds and colors to use depending
on the size of the area you are repairing.
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