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Two Ways to Repair a Broken Zipper

Ever have a zipper that separates half way up? You may be thinking your jacket is unusable or that it needs a new zipper.

Two options are available for correcting a zipper that isn’t working properly. The quickest and least expensive way is to replace the pull. You may even be able to open up or tighten down the opening on the existing pull on your own. However, in order for a new pull to work, there cannot be any missing teeth on the zipper, the bottom stop must still be there and the zipper tape cannot be torn.

If a new pull cannot correct the problem, replacing the zipper will do the trick. You can even choose to replace an existing zipper with one that is heavy duty or two-way. You can determine the size of most zippers by looking at the number on the back of the pull. A number 5 is the most common size. A number 7 or 8 will be more heavy duty. A number 10 is the size you typically see in a motorcycle jacket. While we prefer to use metal zippers, vislon (plastic) zippers are also available in a variety of teeth and tape colors. Just let us know your preference! If no specific size is requested, the zipper will be replaced with the same size if available.


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Repairing a Handbag

You can always tell a favorite handbag, one that seems to be your “go-to” bag. It’s the one with all the wear! In addition to cleaning, removing stains and ink, and restoring lost color on handbags, we can also repair damage on many of them. Perhaps it’s a zipper that is broken or lining that is torn, there can be a second life for that special bag!

The handles on this bag testify to the steady use of a favored purse. In this case, we were able to make new leather handles to replace the tattered ones and extend the beauty, functionality and life of the handbag.

We repair torn leather

Stop! Don’t throw away your torn leather jacket. We can fix the damage so you’ll get much more life out of it.

The original rip in the jacket's leather panelThroughout our years as specialist leather cleaners, we’ve seen DIY repairs on leather garments ranging from duct tape (always a man’s first choice!) to sewing, or mending with a variety of glues. A common and particularly damaging method is using crazy glue to repair a tear. Over time, the glue becomes brittle and causes additional damage to the leather. Furthermore, this glue is permanent and cannot be removed so a leather specialist cannot repair the tear properly. Also, sewing through leather requires careful thought. The needle holes you create are permanent.

If your DIY repair doesn’t turn out as you hoped, let us put our expertise to work for you! If you’ve used the proper glue, we may be able to start over and achieve an affordable result instead of buying new! Don’t forget … we can also replace full leather panels on damaged garments.

View this example of how we fixed this torn leather panel from a jacket. Our results may surprise you!

Go Tigers!

avila_glove_full_1200Ram Leather Care did its part to help the Tiger’s win another game. We had a request to patch a hole in Alex Avila’s catcher’s mitt! We repaired the glove just hours before his game and we like to think that repairing Avila’s lucky glove gave the Tiger’s the advantage!

So no matter what unusual repair or cleaning requirement, Ram Leather Care is up to the challenge.

Stickers on Leather

While it may be helpful to others at a gathering, that name tag should not be on your leather garment! The problem comes when it is removed. If the sticker is not properly removed, the top layer of the skin comes off with it.

Adhesive-backed name tags can ruin leather garmentsHere are two DIY suggestions to try:  1. Warm the sticker with a hair dryer on low. Keep the hairdryer moving and not too close to the skins.  If the adhesive becomes gooey, slowly lift the sticker off the skins and gently wipe any glue residue off with a soft, clean cloth.   2. Place a damp, clean cloth on top of the sticker until the paper begins to deteriorate.  Gently wipe the sticker residue away being careful not to rub away the finish.

Don’t want to try it on your own? Leaving the sticker in place, send your garment to us.  We are very successful in removing them without any damage. If there is already damage done from improperly removing a sticker, there’s still hope. We can mask the damage by restoring the color in our refinishing process.

Repairing rips in leather

Tears on leather can be repaired in two ways: patching or replacing a panel.

Patches are made by placing a piece of leather on the underside of the skin and pulling the torn edges back together using a special leather adhesive.  On painted leathers, the surface is sprayed to mask the repair.  The appearance of the repair will depend on the size and location of the tear and the skin type.  However, it will not be invisible.

For large tears or to restore a special garment, we can completely replace the panel of leather. We will use a skin matching as close a possible to the rest of the garment. An estimate will be provided before work is begun.

Fixing broken zippers

When your zipper does work, it can be repaired in two different ways. If there are no missing or damaged parts on the zipper, often a new pull will solve the problem. This is the quickest and most economical repair. If the ends of the zipper or teeth are damaged, missing or bent, a new zipper is necessary to correct the problem.

A great time to get repairs done is while the garment is in for cleaning. Both services can be done in the same amount of time necessary to replace a zipper.

Removing ink on leather

Unfortunately, removing ink from leather is not a DIY project! Not only is it usually unsuccessful, but it can also cause damage. The ink stain may bleed (get larger or spread to other areas), color can be pulled, the ink may become permanent because of the added chemicals used to spot the stain, or damage to the skin may occur.

Avoiding further damage is the goal of a Professional Leather Cleaner. Ink that can’t be safely removed with our tried-and-true products and tools doesn’t mean the battle is lost. There are way to seal the ink and mask it with expert leather refinish. This two-step process restores the beauty and extends the life of your leather!