A Quick Guide To Repairing Peeling Leather?

If you find yourself wondering how to fix a leather couch that’s peeling you are in the right place. However, there is something you should know first. Real leather will not peel or flake. 

So, if you find your leather items peeling or flaking, we have some bad news for you, they are not real leather. While for some people this will not matter, it is good to know, because real leather takes a lot to fix if damages, faux leather does not. 

So, do you have something leather that is peeling? Well, let’s fix it! 

Real Leather Vs Faux Leather

Real leather will not peel or flake. It might simply be a finish that is damaged, or even an after-market paint, but more often than not, peeling leather is actually a sign of PU (delaminating polyurethane) coating on bonded, bicast, or faux leather. 

Of course, do not get these mixed up with PVC, typically there is no real worth in repairing a PU material that is peeling as you really cannot save it with a long-lasting result to be honest. 

It might survive another year, but in a few years time it will be even more deteriorated. So it is usually best to buy new unless you fancy continuing to upkeep your faux leather item for a long time. 

However, if you do want to do that, we do have some tips and tricks for you. 

Dealing With Peeling Faux Leather

The first thing you need to do is understand what kind of leather you are dealing with. A bicast leather is a split hide which is the lower and weaker side of a hide, usually having a polyurethane coating. 

Bonded leather is a fabric made up of scrap leather that is coated with a polyurethane finish. Then faux leather is a polyester fabric with polyurethane coating. 

Bicast will usually last a few years before the coating starts to come off, however, bonded and faux can start to deteriorate well before this, even as soon as a year and a half. 

Deterioration will begin with hairline cracks, which will then grow and eventually start to show the fabric underneath. Areas exposed to body oils are very susceptible to this, and sunlight can also cause this.

Faux leather is one of the most common leathers used, it is cheap and affordable for many. With this in mind how do you repair faux leather on common household items?

Let’s look…

How To Replace Faux Leather On Shoes.

With shoes, replacement is tricky, and generally you’re better off buying new shoes altogether, but if you are hard set on fixing it you want to start by sanding off the flaking leather with sandpaper that has a 180 grit. 

Doing this will get rid of all the flaking and will stop it from worsening sooner. Sand it down to get rid of these and apply pressure. Once this is done color in the cracks with a matching marker. It will improve the appearance. 

Then you will want to apply a clean rag to rub in shoe polish over the surface, do this in long and even strokes across the sides and top of the shoe. Ensure the polish matches the color of your shoe.

Paint the shoe with a shoe goo. Cover every surface on the shoe from the seam to where the fabric and sole meet. Now let it dry for a full day.

Remember this is not a permanent fix, and you will want to get some new shoes, but if you are in a hurry and need these shoes fixed or cannot afford new shoes, it will do! 

How To Repair Faux Leather On Furniture 

What if you have some deteriorating leather furniture? 

There are two ways to fix this;

Using Paint

Pull and clear away the loose leather to clean the surface area and paint over it with a leather paint that matches the furniture. Ensure that it does match though! 

Once painted give it 30 minutes to dry, test with your finger then apply a high-gloss finish leather paint around 3 or 4 times, and you should be done. 

Using A Soft Filler

Alternatively you could cut away the peeing leather with a razor blade, then apply a soft filler to the area with a putty knife, then push it off the furniture seams and smooth over the surface. 

Let it cure for around 20 minutes then apply another layer of filler, add necessary texture with plastic wrap, then apply leather paint of the same color, and you’re done.

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