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[VIDEO] How to Repair Damaged Car Seat Audi R8 Leather Repair Steps (Video)

In this AMMO NYC video, Larry repairs the leather driver’s seat bolster in his Audi R8. Over time, side bolsters take a lot of wear tear – which is expected. More times than not, restoration is your best answer to having your car seats look great again, and in this video, Larry and Brian from Fibrenew North Raleigh Wake Forest show you how Fibrenew does it.

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Fixing Damaged Leather Car Seats FAQ

What causes damage to leather car seats?

Leather car seats can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays, extreme temperatures, moisture, spills, sharp objects, and general wear and tear over time.

 Can minor leather damage be repaired at home?

Yes, minor damage such as small scratches, scuffs, or minor cracks can often be repaired at home using leather repair kits available in automotive stores or online. But for extensive damage, contact us!

What are the basic steps to repair minor leather damage?

For minor damage:

  1. Clean the damaged area with a mild leather cleaner.
  2. Lightly sand the area with fine-grit sandpaper.
  3. Apply a leather repair compound.
  4. Allow the compound to dry, then apply a leather dye that matches the seat color.
  5. Finish with a leather conditioner to restore softness and shine.

How can I fix a tear in my leather car seat?

A tear will need a subpatch repair:

  1. Trim any loose threads or fibers around the tear.
  2. Insert a subpatch beneath the tear.
  3. Glue the edges of the tear to the subpatch.
  4. Fill any remaining gaps with a leather repair compound.
  5. Sand, dye, and condition as mentioned above.

Can I fix a hole or a burn in my leather seat?

A: Yes, using a leather repair kit, you can patch holes or burns. After cleaning the area, you will need to apply a subpatch and a repair compound, then dye and condition as required.

Can large or complex damages be repaired at home?

A: Large or complex damages such as deep tears, large holes, or extensive cracking may require professional repair or reupholstery due to the intricate work and materials involved.

Can discolored leather seats be restored?

A: Yes, discolored leather seats can often be restored using leather dyes or recoloring balm, followed by a high-quality leather conditioner to maintain the color and prevent further fading.

How can I prevent future damage to my leather car seats?

A: Regular cleaning and conditioning, using sun shades to protect from UV rays, avoiding sharp objects, and immediately addressing spills can help in preventing damage to leather seats.

What should I avoid while repairing leather car seats?

Avoid using harsh cleaners, excessive water, or oil-based products which can cause additional damage. Always test repair products on an inconspicuous area first to check for adverse reactions.

Can I replace the leather cover instead of repairing it?

A: Yes, if the damage is too extensive, replacing the leather cover might be a more practical solution. However, it can be more costly and might require professional installation.


  • Always read and follow the instructions provided in the leather repair kit.
  • It’s recommended to clean and condition leather seats regularly to maintain their appearance and prevent damage.
  • Address damages immediately to prevent them from worsening over time.
  • Contact your local Fibrenew professional for extensive repairs.
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Jesse Johnstone

As the President of Fibrenew, I have the privilege of working with an exceptionally talented team at Head Office and in the field with our franchisees. Witnessing the achievements of our Franchise Partners in their businesses is a source of deep fulfillment and gratification.

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