Asked on Jan 07, 2020

How do I repair cracked leather car seats?

by Doug

How to repair the cracks on both front seats of this 11 year old Volvo. FYI: the car lives in very dry Las Vegas, but is garaged.

q cracked leather car seats
  16 answers
  • Em Em on Jan 07, 2020

    Go to car parts store and get a leather restore kit. It comes with cleaner and conditioner to soften leather.

  • Try a leather cleaner/ refinisher from the auto store

  • Emily Emily on Jan 07, 2020

    Our Volvo is 20 years old with over 200.000 miles on it. We too have the cracks on seats but I just consider them "stretch" marks! We live in Maine and our car is ungaraged and right with a dusting of snow on it.

  • William William on Jan 07, 2020

    Leather car seats need more care than household leather. Continued use, temp changes etc. Vacuuming, leather cleaner and conditioner. Auto parts stores sell cleaners, conditioners, and kits to bring the leather back. Other choices would be to have them reupholstered or car seat covers.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 07, 2020

    Get some armor all and polish them look for leather moisturizer

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 12, 2020

    Car seat leather is exposed to variations in temperature, humidity, weather in general, so it needs more care then a household piece of leather furniture.

    You could take it to get detailed and they would have everything there to do the job with commercial products, or you could do it yourself. Auto part stores would have leather cleaners/conditioners as well as Amazon.

  • Shanehaumpton Shanehaumpton on Jun 16, 2020

    Hey there,

    To repair your leather seat you need the following:

    • Warm water
    • Mild dish soap
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Microfiber cloth
    • Denatured alcohol
    • Mild sandpaper
    • Auto leather repair kit

    Here are the instructions:

    For car leather repair or leather patch kit. This type of kit is inexpensive. Make sure it includes a leather dye that matches the color of the leather car interior. Start by cleaning the seat with warm water that is mixed with mild dish soap. Rinse out the cleaning cloth as necessary. After rinsing the rag well, use it to rub denatured alcohol on the cracked areas. Wipe the areas dry with a microfiber cloth.

    When the leather is dry, gently sand the cracked areas away with the sandpaper. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the seats dry again. Next, open the auto leather repair kit. Read the instructions carefully to understand how to use the contents of the package. Open the liquid leather sealant product. Use it to smooth out the cracks according to the instructions. Apply the leather dye carefully to the affected areas until it matches the rest of the seat. Let the seats dry completely before using them again. Unless the vehicle is in a clean and closed garage, it is best to keep the windows rolled up while the seats are drying to avoid debris entering the car.

    If your seat is not yet fixed you might want to consider checking for the replacement of the leather seat.

  • Patty Patty on Jun 17, 2020

    I would not even try this. Pay to have it done, then maintain it. Leather needs conditioning, at least once a month.

  • Faithpull Faithpull on Jul 29, 2021

    Textile upholstery is the cheapest and most common method of upholstering the interior of cars. The seats, the bench, and sometimes the door faces are made of textile materials specially made for the automotive field. Very durable over time, they do not fade and are easy to clean. But in my car, it's leather, just like the armchairs in the house. I looked for how I could fix them, and I found how to fix the armchairs on , where it looks like, but it's much more complicated, and what I did was I went to a service that covers the seats in leather.

  • Esterfell Esterfell on Aug 26, 2021

    That's helpful to know

  • Nicholascamer Nicholascamer on Aug 27, 2021

    Leather furniture deteriorates sooo quickly, especially if you have pets. Even more so if that pet is a dog. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. My dog used to do all sorts of nasty things with my leather armchair, and at a certain point, I was fairly certain that it was damaged beyond any repair. Still, I was able to get it fixed thanks to the handy little guide I found on I mean, I can't say it's now in mint condition, but at least it doesn't look like crap, to begin with.

  • Jenny Jenny on Aug 27, 2021

    I got the same problem, this step by step guide helped me with this