How to Remove a Leather Inlay from a Coffee Table
Removing a leather inlay from a coffee table requires careful precision and patience. Depending on how the leather is secured to the table, the process may be difficult and could result in damaging the furniture if done incorrectly. It helps to understand the steps necessary to take before tackling this task.
Tools & Materials
- Putty knife
- Heat gun or hair dryer
- Masking tape
- Leather adhesive remover
- Soft cloth
- Rendering knife
- Cleaning solution
Step 1: Preparation
Before attempting to remove the leather inlay, inspect the area around the inlay for any signs of looseness, warping, or chipping. If you notice any damage to the table, it may need to be repaired before continuing.
Step 2: Loosen the Edges
Using a putty knife and some pressure, begin to loosen the edges of the leather inlay. Be sure to cut away any glue residue or adhesive while also being careful not to damage the finish of the table.
Step 3: Heat the Leather
Heat the leather by using a heat gun or hair dryer. This will help soften and remove the adhesive without risking any further damage to the table. Be sure not to overheat the leather as this could cause it to warp.
Step 4: Remove the Remaining Adhesive
Use a clean cloth and leather adhesive remover to gently remove the remaining adhesive. Be sure to only use a small amount of remover at a time to avoid damaging the finish on the table.
Step 5: Use a Rendering Knife
Cut away the remaining pieces of leather with a rendering knife or sharp scissors. Be sure to carefully cut away any pieces that may be left behind, as this could affect how the table looks when finished.
Step 6: Clean the Area
Using a damp cloth, clean the area around the inlayed leather to remove any adhesive, dust, or dirt from the table. Once the area is clean, use a cleaning solution to disinfect the area before reinstalling the leather.
Step 7: Reinstall the Leather
Apply leather adhesive to the edges and reinstall the leather. Use a masking tape to secure the edges until the adhesive has dried.
With these steps, you can easily remove a leather inlay from a coffee table without damaging it. With patience and precision, you can achieve a professional looking result.