JULY 15, 2005 -- If the leather in your car is looking a little less than luxurious there may be an inexpensive way to fix it, that doesn't include replacement or duct tape.
Just because the leather is damaged doesn't mean it has to be replaced. Professional leather repair is often a more affordable option.
Phil Goodman with Leather and Vinyl Limited says preparation is the most important part. First, the leather is stripped to its original finish. Then leather filler is applied. After that, a leather dye is brushed on by hand and another coat is sprayed on.
Chemicals in products like suntan lotion, air freshener and hair gel dramatically reduce the life of the leather.
To help keep your car's leather in top condition:
- Avoid long exposure to direct sunlight.
- Avoid direct heat.
- Avoid getting it wet.