Whether you inherit a classic leather sofa with a burn, or find the damage on your brand new sofa after a dinner party, don't despair. It is possible to fix burns in leather upholstery so they are nearly invisible. The following guide can help you.
You will need a few supplies. You may be able to find these from upholstery stores, fabric stores, or leather furniture dealers.
A sharp utility or craft knife
canvas leather patch
leather repair glue
Step 1: Remove the burn
Use the utility knife to carefully cut out the burned area. This should also relieve any puckering in the leather that was caused by the tight edges of the burn.
Step 2: Affix the patch
Cut the patch so it is larger than the hole. Insert it into the hole, smoothing it out flat once it is in place. Then, apply a thin layer of the leather glue between the patch and leather. Press down to secure and then allow it to dry. This will usually take about half an hour.
Step 3: Apply the filler
Leather filler is a liquid product that dries to look and feel like leather. Apply a thin layer over the hole and press it flat -- the patch serves as a platform for the filler to adhere to. Dry it with the hair dryer. Continue adding layers and drying until the hole is filled in. For the last layer, gently smooth it over onto the surrounding leather so the final texture is smooth and even. Don't dry the final layer.
Step 4: Add the grain
Now, take the grain pad and push it into the damp final layer of filler. Leave the pad in place for a few minutes so it sets, and then pull it off. Some residue will be left behind. Dry with the hair dryer and then rub off the remaining pad to reveal the textured patch.
Step 5: Dye to match
This can be the most difficult step. You will need to find or mix a dye to match your leather. Then, carefully paint it on, blending it into the surrounding leather. Once dry, your patch should be complete and nearly invisible. You can speed drying with the hair dryer, and then add more coats of paint as necessary until you get a perfect match.
For more help, contact an upholstery repair or restoration company like Bob Arkus Custom Upholstery Inc. They will have the tools and knowledge to repair your sofa.