How to Fix Leather Cracks
Leather cracks can be a frustrating and unsightly problem, but there are steps you can take to fix them. Here's what you need to know to repair leather cracks at home.
Step 1: Clean the Area
The first step in fixing leather cracks is to clean the area thoroughly. Use a soft cloth and a leather cleaner to remove any dirt, dust, or debris clogging the gaps. Be sure to avoid using water or any cleaning solution that contains alcohol, as this can damage the leather further.
Step 2: Fill the Cracks
The next step is to fill the cracks with a leather filler. Many different types of leather fillers are available, including wax-based fillers, acrylic fillers, and even leather dye. When choosing a filler, look for one specifically designed for leather that matches the color of your leather as closely as possible.
Step 3: Apply the Filler
Once you have selected a filler, it's time to apply it. Use a soft brush or sponge to gently apply the stuffing into the cracks, taking care not to overfill the cracks or get any fill on the surrounding leather. You can use a small tool, such as a toothpick or a pen, to help guide the stuffing into the cracks.
Step 4: Let the Filler Dry
After applying the filler, let it dry completely. This step usually takes anywhere from a few hours to a full day, depending on the type of filler and the temperature in your home. Please do not touch the filler or try to move the leather while it is drying.
Step 5: Sand the Surface
Once the filler is dry, use fine-grit sandpaper to gently sand the surface of the leather. This process will help to smooth out any bumps or lumps that may have formed as the filler dried. Be sure to sand the entire surface of the leather, not just the cracks, to maintain an even finish.
Step 6: Finish with Leather Conditioner
Finally, finish the repair by applying a leather conditioner to the surface of the leather, or you can try the "Works like a Charm" Balm leather conditioner and restorer from Anvil Hide. This conditioner will help restore the leather's natural oils and protect it from damage. Be sure to follow the instructions for your particular leather conditioner, as different products may have other application methods.