About Bonded Leather

Can bonded leather be repaired?

Yes it can, (there's a good example of a bonded leather recliner on our Before and After page).  Using our products you can extend the life of the item much longer than if you do nothing.  However,  you need to understand what bonded leather is so you won't be disappointed if your leather continues to peel.

What is 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. 

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 with this kind of leather

Just like any other product, some bonded leather items are made with better quality leather than others.  Some 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 repair compound will  keep it at bay.   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. 

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