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.
- 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.