getting ink pen out of leather seats
Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:09 AM
I tried Woolite 4:1, APC, and steam. Nothing touched it. I also did not want to get too aggressive because I had some transfer to the white towel that I was using. Initially I thought it was picking up dirt but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was dye transfer.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:22 PM
IPA can dry out or damage leather, make absolutely sure you try it on a small area that's out of the way and not visible before you do anything.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:45 PM
Work fine for me,hope that help.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:18 PM
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:15 PM
It really depends on the ink. What essentially happens is the ink dyes the leather. Most things that can remove the ink, can also remove the leathers coating(dye). Usually it requires as strong solvent. I would try and clean it with a mild detergent; you may get lucky it comes right off. If not, consult a professional.
I agree. Usually ink doesn't lift out clean without taking some of the finish with it. Once in awhile you get lucky, maybe because there was some armor-all or conditioner underneath it acting as a shield.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:15 PM
If the ink is on a pigmented leather, as in most cars, then the first thing you should try is an ink stick (find one that is a professional product used in the industry). The fresher the ink the more chance you have of removing it.
If an ink stick doesn't work a solvent based remover will need to be used and it may also remove finish and pigment which would then need to be replaced.
There are a lot of products that people suggest will work for ink removal but these all have their hidden problems:
Using hairspray/WD40 and other solvent cleaners is very risky as it can make the matter far worse as it can spread the ink over a bigger area and can sometimes then be impossible to fix.
Using alcohol, perfume, etc. can also be a little risky depending on how stable the finish is. If the finish is unstable this would remove pigment form the leather.
Nail varnish remover or any other solvents will also remove the finish and pigment which will need replacing.
DO NOT USE Baby wipes as they are about the worst thing you can use on a leather as they break down the finish and will eventually ruin it.
Please do not try milk or toothpaste!!! these are silly ideas that will leave sticky residues on the surface which will help to break down the finish on your leather.
MAGIC ERASERS should not be used to clean leather in any circumstances (we have just tested these) and they will remove finish and pigment along with the ink. They act like a fine sandpaper and will remove the finish along with the ink.
Old ink will be harder to remove than new ink and may mean resorting to specific leather solvents which will also remove the finish.
Silicones/furniture polish should not be used on leather as they will form a coating on the surface of the leather which will not allow any moisture to get to the leather and will eventually break all the finish down and make it crack.
Hide food will not remove ink and will leave residues on the leather which will attract dirt and oils.
Using a good quality leather protector (one that works) will help make this problem easier should it happen again, it also does your leather good by protecting it against oils and dirt which ultimately make the pigment crack and the leather deteriorate.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:18 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:58 AM
I hate leather questions like this because no one ever asks us what to do right after they've run that ball point across the driver's seat. "How long has it been on there?" is the first question I think to ask, and inevitably the answer is, "Oh...I don't know...a few weeks or a month, maybe." Argh!
I'm CDO. It's like OCD, but in the correct alphabetical order.
What else I do...
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:56 AM
Spinneybeck kit including ink remover:
LeatherZ: Spinneybeck Leather Maintenance Kit
Spinneybeck - The Best Leather In Any Color - Product List
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