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      08-12-2018, 01:47 PM   #1
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Ink stain on leather

My lady and I went out to dinner to celebrate 5 years last night. I valeted my car and all was well. When i got home and into my garage, I notcied what seems to be ink from a pen right above the door handle. Any idea how to get it off? I tried lightly rubbing it with a magic eraser but thay kind of scares me. I just want my coral red interior to be perfect
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Try denatured alcohol.

A lot of inks are dissolved by alcohol including markers, yes this does not affect the leather stain.
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alcohol may discolor leather.

https://store.detailking.com/ink-remover-pen
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As with any product testing on a small unseen area is advised.

I have used alcohol on leather without problems specifically for ink and marker stains.

Your results may vary.
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alcohol may discolor leather.

https://store.detailking.com/ink-remover-pen
Agreed.

Nail Polish is what I used in detailing. You may still have some slight discoloration after. If discoloration occurs, you can purchase OEM leather dye.
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I ended up using rubbing alcohol. Took it right off. Only thing is some red from the leather rubbed off onto the towel i used. But i cant see any visable discoloration so its all good.
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I ended up using rubbing alcohol. Took it right off. Only thing is some red from the leather rubbed off onto the towel i used. But i cant see any visable discoloration so its all good.
Yup it also works great for permanent marker.

Notjudy mentioned nail polish, I assume nail polish remover is what is meant.
Nail polish remover is mostly acetone which will attack leather and dissolves plastic.

Nail polish itself leaves a shiny coating.
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Yup it also works great for permanent marker.

Notjudy mentioned nail polish, I assume nail polish remover is what is meant.
Nail polish remover is mostly acetone which will attack leather and dissolves plastic.

Nail polish itself leaves a shiny coating.


Any suggestions on tire grease? My dumb ass thought it would be worth saving $30 on shipping to pick the tires up nearby but a section of the tire got on my back seat & now I've got a shitty grease mark that won't go away with your typical leather cleaners. Even used Car Guys Super Cleaner but the damn stain is still there. I'm starting to rub away at the leather finish rather than the grease now which is upsetting.
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Have you tried a magic eraser? Dont rub super hard , but just try. If not, ive heard brake cleaner will get stains off but im too scared to use that.....
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I'm almost positive brake/carb cleaner will wipe the leather dye right off, I def wouldn't try that.
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Yup it also works great for permanent marker.

Notjudy mentioned nail polish, I assume nail polish remover is what is meant.
Nail polish remover is mostly acetone which will attack leather and dissolves plastic.

Nail polish itself leaves a shiny coating.


Any suggestions on tire grease? My dumb ass thought it would be worth saving $30 on shipping to pick the tires up nearby but a section of the tire got on my back seat & now I've got a shitty grease mark that won't go away with your typical leather cleaners. Even used Car Guys Super Cleaner but the damn stain is still there. I'm starting to rub away at the leather finish rather than the grease now which is upsetting.
You need something that is a grease solvent.

You try one of the citrus based cleaners. Those should not affect the leather at all. Fantastic should also work.

Should that not work you can use WD40 to dissolve and remove the grease. However WD40 will leave oil on the leather which can then be removed with window cleaners.

I would only do the latter if I have no other choice as getting the WD40 off takes repeated attempts. I would also test it first to confirm that application and removal will work as you wish. A small hidden area may be used for a test. I have done this on treated leather before. It does not work on untreated leather as it will absorb the oil.
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