Items You'll Need for Leather Repair
Look for a leather repair kit that contains a cleaner, conditioner, and color restorer. Whichever product you decide to you, contact the distributor regarding color matching of your leather. If you are restoring the original color, contact the vehicle manufacture for a color code, or send in a swatch of your leather (under the seat you will find a spare piece to sample) to the supplier of color matching solution. Also note, that there are many leather restore products on the market offer quick fixes.
Beware of these so called quick fixes for they contain only petroleum distillates which result only in weakening the leather fibers, and stitching. For example, the silicone will harden into the leather limiting its flexibility, and the waxes will make your leather shine, only to trap dirt, and contaminate the hide. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the importance, and significance of buying quality products that actually rejuvenate your leather. Your product should contain a leather specific collagen complex, which will actually penetrate the hide, and nourish, restore, and keep the leather supple, and flexible.
I’d recommend using Glipstone Liquid Scuff Master, Lexol Leather Care, and Leather World which are all highly recommended leather repair brands. Additionally, Guardsman makes a pretty good leather care product and they have a full care guide your can download here.
Make sure the leather has been cleaned, like the above instructions. When the leather is dry, gently sand the cracked areas with a 600 grit sandpaper, until smooth. Careful not to remove too much old leather with the sandpaper, that you create a suede.
Next open a leather repair kit, one that has a leather sealant product, or leather crack filler. Use the product to smooth out the cracks according the packaging. Once the leather is dry, you can continue on to sand, or layer if necessary. Once you have maintained a flawless finish, move on to the next step.
Restore your Steering wheel:
If you also want to dye or restore the leather of your steering wheel, the steps will be the same. However, usually steering wheels have a protective clear coat protection on them. It is important to replace this finish after, with an application of leather clear coat.