How to Correct a Botched Super Glue Leather Repair

How to Correct a Botched Super Glue Leather Repair

Posted by Sandpaper America on Dec 11th 2019

There is a new technique for repairing tears in leather upholstery and clothing known as the sandpaper super glue leather repair method. Basically, it involves securing torn flaps of leather fabric in place with super glue, and then sanding down the surface for a smooth, indiscernible finish. However, quickly following the uproar of this new approach to leather repair was a slue of user errors, one of the most common was using too much super glue and not sanding properly. If you used this technique to repair your leather, but it turns out you went a little heavy on the super glue, there is no need to worry. 

Continue reading for an instructional guide on how to correct your botched repair using only some fresh sandpaper and some leather stain.

What You Will Need

  • 220 to 320 Grit Sandpaper (Wet or Dry)
  • Leather Stain
  • Paper Towel
  • Super Glue (Conditional)

How to Get Started

Begin by gently sanding over the heavily-glued spots. Be very careful not to touch the surrounding leather fabric that has not been affected. This can scratch up the leather. If this happens, use your stain sparingly to disguise the scratch.

Once you have sanded down your heavy patches of super glue, you may need to go in and make some small corrections with some more super glue. Simply fill in any obvious gaps or gouges, allow it to dry for just a few seconds, then finish sanding while it’s still wet.

Once the glue is dry and you are finished sanding, use a damp paper towel to remove any residual sanding dust or leather dust. Leftover dust can cause upper respiratory irritation, so be diligent when cleaning up, especially if there are occupants with suppressed immune systems or existing medical conditions.

Now you are ready to gently and sparingly dab your leather stain over the work area. You can always add more, but you cannot take away, so work this step slowly. Start from the center of the spot and work your way outward in a circular configuration.

If you add too much leather stain, remove some of the color with some rubbing alcohol. Then blend the blemish in using a spray grain product.

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