How can I repair holes in leather car seats?

My boyfriend carved his name into my leather seats. He said it was a romantic gesture. I...disagree. How can I repair the holes in my leather car seats?

Answer
Yes, that is a little over the top! You can have the car seats repaired professionally, or you can try to fix it yourself.
If you want to repair the leather seats yourself, you will patch and fill the holes. To do this, you will need:
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sandpaper–600 grit
  • Wax paper
  • Leather swatch in matching color
  • Leather adhesive
  • Heat gun
Once you gather the supplies, you will want to follow these next steps:
  • Cut away any rough edges of the torn leather.
  • Sand the leather edges until they are pretty smooth and flush to the seat.
  • Put a small piece of wax paper into the hole behind the leather.
  • Cut the leather swatch into a piece slightly larger than the hole.
  • Do another round of sanding. Slightly rough leather makes it easier for the adhesive to stick.
  • Cover the whole area with leather adhesive and smooth it out.
  • Carefully use a heat gun to bond the adhesive and lock the material in place.
If you don’t want to fix this yourself (and you’re angry with your boyfriend), you can file a comprehensive claim on your car insurance policy. The downside of this is that it would qualify as a vandalism claim, and you may need to file a police report. If you and your boyfriend are still together, you might not want to do this.
If you are looking for a way to save up money for a professional repair job, try downloading the Jerry app. The Jerry app can collect quotes from up to 50 top insurance companies, like Travelers, Nationwide, and Progressive, in seconds! They even help cancel your old policy once you’ve made your pick. Jerry customers save an average of $879 a year.
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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