Why does car leather seat crack?
The first reason that makes car leather seats crack is high frequency of use. The more friction on the surface of the seat, the less elasticity, which can lead to cracking.
In addition, actions such as hitting hard and regularly placing heavy objects on the surface also cause wrinkles in the seat.
Effect of weather, usage time, and placing heavy objects causing leather seats to crack. (Illustrative photo)
Car leather seats are also susceptible to the specific hot and humid climate of Vietnam. High temperature peaks in the summer can quickly degrade leather seats if the car is exposed to the outdoors for too long, for an extended period of time.
Initially, when the seat has small cracks, many car owners overlook it. However, if this condition persists, it can lead to peeling in patches or tearing of the seat, affecting the aesthetics of the car interior.
How to deal with cracked leather seats
Many car owners worry that when the seat is cracked, they will have to replace it, which is costly. However, there are many simple and low-cost methods to restore cracked car leather seats that can be applied at home.
Step 1: Clean the seat surface
The seat surface is covered with dust, sweat, sewing, and cleaning helps the filling cream adhere easily to the seat surface. Car owners use a soft damp cloth to wipe the entire leather seat surface, then wait until it is completely dry. If there are many thin stitches in the cracks, you can use scissors to remove them and move on to the next step.
Step 2: Use sandpaper to create a smooth surface
Special sandpaper helps the seat surface achieve a certain smoothness, making it easier to apply catalyst cream. Depending on the leather seat material, car owners choose the appropriate type of sandpaper for the best treatment efficiency. Avoid strong rubbing as it can worsen the cracks.
Cracked leather seat and after being restored. (Illustrative photo).
Step 3: Apply cream or gel on the cracked surface
The catalyst has the function of filling in the cracks on the leather seat and “soldering” them together to create a flat surface as new. Depending on the degree of damage, car owners will apply 3 – 4 layers of glue to ensure adhesion.
To apply the glue evenly, prevent the seat from sticking, car owners use a soft cloth to cover the seat surface. Let the glue dry naturally for about 30 minutes, without using other heat impacts.
Note that the method of handling cracked car leather seats at home only applies to mild cases. For more severe cracks and peeling, car owners should go to reputable maintenance facilities to ensure effective treatment and meet the aesthetics of the seat.
How to protect leather seats from cracking
To keep the seats durable and beautiful over time, car owners should limit direct exposure of the seats to sunlight by using windshield screens or car curtains.
Avoid placing heavy or sharp objects on the seats
Clean and moisturize the seats regularly with specialized materials for car leather seats.
According to VTC news