Faux leather is not necessarily 100% original. Instead, it is a cheaper version made from synthetic materials that provide a product that looks and feels like natural leather. Given that it is not genuine leather, it is not surprising that this type of leather will slowly begin to decay.
The decaying process will come in the shape of little peels and flakes forming on the material. Despite this type of letter not being the best, you can buy it is still quite a pricey affair. That is why many people nowadays are quite reluctant to simply throw out this leather when it begins to wither and peel.
If you love the item you own of faux leather, then in this article, we will be discussing what you can do to fix it when it starts peeling. We shall discuss the process step by step, allowing you to grasp what you are doing and the tools you will need to do it. You can also expect to read about the desired results and little hints that should help you avoid the unpleasantries. Let us begin.
List of things that you may need to use:
- Leather paint
We shall be using this to paint over the faded faux leather once we have used sandpaper to make the surface clean. You can purchase this in almost any local hardware store close to you. There is no set quantity because it depends on how much faux leather you wish to repair.
You will need a small piece of ordinary sandpaper. Please avoid getting industrial-grade sandpaper because it will be too harsh for the faux leather. This action may end up damaging it even further. The sandpaper we want to use should be gentle enough to wipe the shoe clean merely.
3. Shoe wax
The shoe wax shall be necessary for the leather to be cleaned before we repair it. Any ordinary shoe cleaner will do because we wish to remove dirt from the peeled leather.
This paintbrush can be big or small, depending on how much leather you need to fix. It will be used to repaint the faux leather. This should return it to its original gloss and flare.
Step by Step Process.
- Faux leather is not genuine leather. The way that manufacturers get this material to look like leather is by using paint. What you would see peeling off from the item with the leather is often this paint. First, we shall have to sand over the leather until all the peeling bits have entirely been removed. We can consider this to be cosmetic surgery because we are merely altering the look of the leather. This method will not be successful if the leather is torn. Ensure that as you are sanding the leather item, you do not rub the areas that are not affected. Going over the parts of the leather that are still fine would damage them, further extending the number of repairs you will have to do.
- The second thing that we are going to want to do is wax the entire shoe. We shall be doing this to ensure that we have removed all the dirt accumulated since it began peeling. We do not want to Patch over this leather and seal it in the dirt. Ensure that the material underneath the front line of leather is well clean when you use the wax. When you begin waxing, try to move in a horizontal line as opposed to vertical. This will give some order to the way the paint dries on the material.
- After this, what we are going to want to do is paint over the part of the shoe which we have been repairing. You can find leather paint in almost any shade that you want at a local hardware store. It is prevalent and not challenging to find. What this is going to do is give your shoe a new glossy look that will bring the material back to its former glory. Ensure that you paint in an orderly fashion when you are painting because the paint is likely to dry in the way you painted it. When you are done painting this shoe, the next step shall be to leave it drying 24 hours.
How Long it will take.
You can expect this procedure to take you a full day. The sanding and waxing part of the process will take you about an hour. After this, you will have to paint the shoe and wait for it to dry for a total of 24 hours.
From this, you can expect the shoe to look completely brand new and have a mature glossy finish. The leather will have been restored to its original shape, meaning it is suitable for use again. You can expect that the paint will break slightly when you wear these shoes for the first time. This is common when wearing new shoes because the leather must always be broken into.
Things to look out for
You should be very careful when sanding the rest of your faux leather if it is not damaged. Many people get carried away with the sanding process and end up overdoing it. Make sure repairs where it is necessary. You should also avoid rushing to wear the shoes before they are fully dry. If you have an event that urgently needs you to wear these, you should consider postponing.
In conclusion, there is often no need to rush and throw away your faux leather garments that are now aging badly. In this article, you will have found this method will save you in the future when your faux leather goes bad. You will only need a few outside items, such as leather paint, but the rest of the parts can be found at home.