Hints & Tips
- The first thing to keep in mind is that you will be trying
to repair a surface that has been damaged.
A repair will
always be just that...a repair...but that shouldn't stop you
from trying your best to make the damaged area look like it
was never there. You'll know it's a repair... but your friends
- Some damage simply can't be repaired for several reasons,
the area is too large, a big piece of material is completely
missing. You'll need to judge for yourself..."Should I try
to repair this damage or should it really be replaced by an
upholsterer?" See our
and after photos to help in determining some of the extent
of damage that can be repaired. Feel free to ask for our
opinion if you are unsure.
- Our repair compound is meant for damage to "soft" surfaces
like the seats and padded areas of the trim but not for "hard"
areas like the dash or steering wheel.
- Seams - Our repair compound will not repair seams. Meaning
it will not work on the stitched part of the seam. It will
work on cracking that goes right up to the seam.
Tech tip: You can repair the actual seam with
Super Glue. It's tricky though. Because Super Glue dries
incredibly fast, you'll need to first practice pressing the
two sides together so you know exactly where you want the
sides to grasp on to each other. Once you've determined that,
you apply a thin line of Super Glue on only one side of the
seam then quickly press and hold the two sides together. It
should be completely dry in about 10-15 seconds. If you can
find "thick" Super Glue, we recommend using it because it
takes longer to dry and will give you a little bit of extra
- Depending on the extent of the damage you have whether its
a tear, cigarette burn, cat scratch or wear spot, each repair
may turn out differently. Most of your repairs will turn out
so nicely that you'll never know that there has been a repair.
Others you may be able to see when you look closely.
- Color Flex will dry darker or lighter than the color you
see in the bottle. Be sure to shake the bottle for at least 1
minute to completely mix the color. Also, we recommend that
you test the color by applying a small amount on an
inconspicuous area (a cotton swab is included for this
purpose) before you decide that you ordered the
wrong color and send it back for an exchange. This will save
you time, money and aggravation in having to return the color.
- Since the color you ordered may not be exactly the same as
what you are trying to match, but if it's close, we recommend
that you lightly blend the surrounding area. This painter’s
trick allows your eye to be fooled into seeing one consistent
color. Keep in mind, color tends to look a bit more intense
when applied to a small surface. We recommend blending an area
at least 12" around the repaired area. The more you blend the
area, the less your eye will be drawn to the actual repair.
- Ideal working temperature is between 75 - 85 degrees. If
working outdoors in cooler temperatures, warm the item that
you are going to repair with a blow dryer. If your repair is
in a vehicle, turn on the heater and warm up the inside so
that the surface you're going to repair will be warm.
Be sure to do this outside
and not in a closed garage.
- On an 80 degree day, Magic Mender repair compound &
Color Flex dry to the touch in about 10-15 minutes, and cure
completely in 24 hours. You can accelerate this time by using
a blow dryer, but do not let the heat get closer than 18
inches to the surface. Allowing the heat closer than this will
result in the surface cracking.
- If you have a repair that has a fiber or foam filling but
it is missing, you can use a small piece of cotton as a
filler, before you add your sub-patch.
- Fine Mist Sprayer: Used to apply a final
"mist" coat to your repair. This is an optional step in the
repair process, but it does make it a bit easier to blend in
colors. Please keep in mind this is not an aerosol sprayer so
the mist will not be quite as fine. However, for most purposes
it works quite adequately. If you are repairing a fairly large
area and would like to use a sprayer, we recommend using a"
Preval" sprayer. Preval sprayers can be found in most hardware
stores. They will screw right on to our Color Flex bottle.
- If your bottle of Color Flex seems thick after it has been stored,
you can add a little rubbing alcohol to it, 1 tablespoon
should be enough.
- DO NOT mix Color-Flex with any other
coatings or paint!
Color-Flex is a specialty product and
adding anything other than water or rubbing alcohol will turn
it into something resembling mush.
- If your leather is dry, before you attempt any repairs, we
suggest that you first give it a good cleaning and
conditioning. Using a wash cloth, clean with liquid soap
and water. Allow the conditioner to penetrate for
at least 24 hours. Repeat this process again if more
absorption is required. It may be helpful to first sand the
dry areas with 320 grit sandpaper to open up the pores and to
smooth any previous coating that has dried out and cracked.
- Tech Tip: How to remove
There's no shortage of "wonder" products out there
that will remove ink but you don't need any expensive
products. All you really need is some isopropyl alcohol
commonly known as "rubbing alcohol".
Saturate a cotton
ball with rubbing alcohol then simply dab the spot until the
ink starts to soften and lift. Let the alcohol do the work,
don't rub. You can use this trick on most leather however if
it's been previously coated with a coating like our Color
Flex, be careful that you don't apply too much alcohol because
it will remove the color. *Test in an inconspicuous area
first. If the ink has been on the surface for a long time it
may be too deep in the pores and will require a coat of Color