About Bonded Leather

Because you’re reading this page, we’ll assume that you are one of the millions of people who have the misfortune of owning something made with bonded leather.  Bonded leather, bi-cast leather, pleather, faux leather whatever name it's called, is not real leather.  Consequently it does not perform or last like real leather. 

What is bonded leather?

Bonded leather, also called reconstituted leather or blended leather, is a term used for a man-made upholstery material made as a layered structure of a fiber or paper backer, a pulp made from shredded leather, and a polyurethane coating which is embossed with a leather-like texture.

Bicast leather (also known as bi-cast leather, bycast leather, or PU leather, sometimes described as split leather) is a material made with a split leather backing covered with a layer of polyurethane (hence the term "PU leather") that is applied to the surface and then embossed.


Problems repairing this kind of leather

Repairing bonded leather doesn’t always work, sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. It just depends on the bonded leather itself.  Just like any other product, some are made better than others.  Some bonded leathers will take longer to peel than others but… eventually they all peel, unless you never use the item.  It’s the nature of the product.  

If you have just a small amount of flaking or peeling, our products will at least keep it at bay.  For how long is anyone’s guess.  If the polyurethane coating is sticking to the backing, leave it alone, but if you have sections that are peeling or flaking, you might be able to peel away any of the areas where it’s easily removed then apply our repair compound (usually several layers) followed by our Color Flex. Again, there’s no way of knowing how long it will last.

If you try  to repair this kind of leather and it doesn't work, it’s not the repair products that fail, it’s the bonded leather that fails.