Simple Solutions To Fixing Cat Scratches In Leather.
Cats can create two differing types of cat scratches on leather.
The first is where the cat scratches the leather by plucking out the fibres from the leather substrate creating little pull ups of loose leather, these will stand proud of the leather surface and feel rather rough.
The second is where the cat will scratch the leather causing a more straight line scratch, without puncturing the surface at all
Repairing damaged leather where cats have scratched the surface or created small pucks is possible, if you are looking for a permanent repair NEVER use are colouring balm to carry out this job.
Items you will require
Small Leather Repair Kit (depending on the area you may need a bigger kit)
Heavy Filler (this can be a coloured filler or just white)
Prepare The Area
Preparation is key with any job you are carrying out, you don’t need to clean the leather first with the Leather Cleaner that’s a waste of products and your money.
Using the Leather Prep supplied in the DIY Leather Repair Kit, don’t use the abrasive pad on this but soak the leather prep into a cloth and use the prep this way to remove as much surface colour as possible, once you have removed some surface colour allowing your prepared area to be absorbent again, you can go to the next process of fixing all cat scratches and pucks, see below loose fibres.
Dealing With Loose fibres
All loose fibres can be repaired NEVER trim these off, the internet has a great deal of wrong information, NEVER trim them off. When carrying out repairs to any type cat scratch, you don’t want to create further problems, you want to simply fix the problem you have.
The next stage is to use a spatula, and drag this over the surface of the leather slowly against the pucks and scratches lifting them up into the air, once you have pulled them all up so they are standing proud, next using your leather glue kit gently apply glue to the full surface wiping it into the pucks in the same direction you just made them all stand up, once you have applied enough glue, you can then start the next process.
Using the spatula again, this time going in the opposite direction, pushing all fibres back down into the original position them came from, this is not only a much better and stronger repair, it’s also much easier to repair cat scratches this way than by cutting off loose ends and creating holes.
Sanding Down The Area
Once the leather glue has cured which should not take too long about 2o minutes, you can then proceed to sanding down the area with either 320 grit paper or 1200 grit sand paper.
You don’t need to sand a great deal just enough to make the rough feeling surface feel a little smoother, as you will be applying Heavy Filler next and then sanding that down once cured fully to make the repair perfect.
Heavy Filler Application
Now that you have carried out the sanding process above you are ready for the heavy filler application.
You can use the standard made white Heavy Filler if you wish or you can use a Coloured Heavy Filler, using a spatula gently wipe this into the surface making sure it’s getting deep down I n to any small areas / cracks that appear in the leather around the pucks that the cats have made when they scratched the leather originally.
After applying the filler, it should be sanded down, this time using 1200 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas / edges.
Getting Ready To Apply Colour
This is the stage where the repair comes alive and those nasty cat scratches are gone.
First of all check the area for dust and remove any particles of dust you can see to ensure a smooth finish.
The first coat of colour you apply has to be wiped on in a circular motion making sure this soaks back into the leather giving you great adhesion.
The next stage is to sponge on a good even coating of colour to the surface, this provides for a better repair in the long run, The beauty of the products from the Leather Repair Company is they are designed to be used by the DIY person in mind but yet providing the finest professional results in the industry.
You can speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer to dry the painted surface, this will allow you to apply second coating rather quickly.
Before going to the next step, check the colour to make sure its fully covered, if you wish to apply a third coating you can do.
If you are happy with the colour at this stage, give this a very light sanding with 1200 grit sand paper.
Putting On The Sealers
The sealers lock in the colour and give it even better protection than before, the leather colour’s are self-sealing, but the clear coat sealers will provide even better protection.
Lightly and evenly apply one coat at a time, with clear coat sealers its best to apply two moats three maximum, if you do apply three coatings, then before apply the third coat very gently sand over the clear coat sealer with 1200 grit paper to remove any dust or small bits of debris in the surface, if you are just putting on the two coats then do this after the first coat.
Each coating you apply can be dried with a hair dryer to speed up the process.
Take a look at this video to help with clear coat sealer applications.
Keeping Your Leather Protected
To make sure your leather is always in the best condition, use a protection cream every three months minimum, this will help keeping the leather soft and supple and help prevent it drying out.
If you have any questions about cat scratches or don’t want to undertake this simple to follow step yourself then please do drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org 01482 606864.