How to Repair Leather Car Seats: Small Tears, Big Tears, and Other Issues

September 15, 2023

Are high new car prices stopping you from trading in your aging vehicle? If skyrocketing interest rates and manufacturing delays are putting a damper on purchasing a new car, give your existing ride a facelift.

As summer kicks into full swing, new car shoppers feel the heat as financing costs continue rising, according to Edmunds. The number of consumers who financed a vehicle with a monthly payment of $1,000 or more reached a new, all-time peak of 17.1% during the second quarter. High vehicle pricing and daunting financing costs are hampering the ability of consumers to purchase a new vehicle. Many people are deciding to keep their existing cars. The average age of cars on the road hit a new high of 12.2 years in 2022.

Even if purchasing a new vehicle is out of reach, you can take steps to approve the appearance of your existing car by making some cosmetic improvements.

  • Touch-up scratches. Consider getting exterior scratches and dings buffed.
  • Add window tint. Window tinting can give your car a new look and cut down the strain on your air conditioning during sweltering summer temperatures.
  • Replace discolored headlights. Over time, headlights can turn yellow and get cloudy. Replacing old headlights and taillights can improve safety and take years off your car’s appearance.
  • New tires. A set of shiny new tires is a showstopper.
  • Make interior repairs. Get your car detailed and fix any interior problems. Eliminating odors and repairing stains, rips, and blemishes can go a long way to improving your car’s appearance.

Leather Restoration and Repair

Fall in love with your car again by showing your leather seats some love. Learn how to repair leather car seats, including tears, scratches, and other dings, so your car can look new. Repairing leather car seats can be challenging, but with the proper techniques and materials, you can restore them to their former glory. Creative Colors International has a step-by-step guide on how to fix a small blemish on your leather car seats.

Before starting any repairs, clean the leather thoroughly using a mild leather cleaner and a clean cloth. Follow the instructions on the cleaner for the best results. Cleaning the leather removes dirt, oils, and any other contaminants that may interfere with the repair process. You can use a leather repair kit to fix a small tear. You’ll need to apply a compound, sand it, and apply a leather colorant to make a seamless repair.

If you’ve got a big tear or extensive damage, leave the job to the professionals. One of our mobile technicians can come to you to get the repair done at your convenience. Our mobile vans have all the tools to repair rips, tears, burns, stains, fading, and seam slippage. Our technicians have extensive training and know how to remove stains from leather.

“I thought it would be tough to repair the tear on the side of my TSX driver’s seat. But they did it, and I am totally satisfied,” said Matthew Pantin, a satisfied CCI customer.

CCI has more than 43 years of experience repairing and restoring leather and vinyl, and we know how to repair leather car seats. Our technicians often save customers up to 90% on replacement costs. In addition to cars, CCI technicians make repairs to boats, RVs, airplanes, and furniture at businesses and homes. Our goal is to always exceed our customers' expectations.

Request a Free Quote

Request a quote to learn how we can improve the appearance of your vehicle by making interior repairs. You can upload pictures of the damage to connect with one of our locally-owned mobile business operators.