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How to repair leather or vinyl with Soft Filler?

A flexible compound is best for repairing leather and vinyl upholstery. We like Soft Filler to repair leather or vinyl that has:

  • scaly, cracking, or thinning areas where the finish has worn and suede or backing is exposed,
  • been used as a cat scratching post, or
  • holes larger than 1/2″.

Repairing peeling bonded, bicast, and polyurethane leathers is not recommended. See why and our solution.

This video shows how to subpatch and repair a large hole as well as the scaly surroundings.

Video contents:

  • 00:30 – Cutting the subpatch
  • 01:00 – Inserting the subpatch
  • 01:20 – Glueing the subpatch
  • 03:14 – Cleaning excess glue and readying the surface for repair compound
  • 03:48 – Applying the leather filler, spreading, and feathering
  • 05:16 – Dry time and how to tell when the filler has cured
  • 06:22 – Sanding (we now recommend smoothing and feathering with rubbing alcohol)
  • 06:58 – Additional layers of filler repair compound
  • 08:32 – Texturizing and final sanding
  • 09:41 – Recoloring the repaired area

Print or download our free leather filler instructions.

Soft Filler is water-based and easily applied. It will air-dry, but cure time can be accelerated with an incandescent bulb or sunshine. Soft Filler is lightly sandable once cured. Rubbing alcohol can also be used to blend cured filler.

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Click here for troubleshooting Soft Filler, how to repair perforated leather, and cracking vinyl.

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