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#1 krouchchocolate

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:43 PM

Does anybody know any products that i can find locally that can remove permanent markings on my leather seats?

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#2 LangMan37

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:58 PM

try hairspray. Works on ink not sure on the marker though. Google it.
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#3 qwertydude

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:59 PM

Rubbing alcohol works too, make sure to use a leather conditioner after because the rubbing alcohol also removes some natural oils in the leather.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:16 PM

A friend of mine uses another permanent marker to remove permanent maker stains.

A bit risky, but Ive seen it work. Get another pen and light draw over the mark and remove immediately.

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 01:43 PM

A friend of mine uses another permanent marker to remove permanent maker stains.

A bit risky, but Ive seen it work. Get another pen and light draw over the mark and remove immediately.


I've done that on hard surfaces with a dry erase marker (write over permanent marker line with a dry erase marker and wipe off), but i'd be *very* hesitant to try that on leather seats.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 03:05 PM

The hair spray (White Rain) trick does work sometimes. It can also remove the color from the leather. it may be worth a try. Get yourself some QTips and work quickly.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:31 PM

The key here is the word permanent. Generally speaking these will have redyed the leather so removal is a technical problem.
Anything that will remove the marker will also remove the finish on the leather and possibly the pigment so this will need replacing. The area can be recoloured if you have a colour mixed to match your leather.

qwertydude - there are no natural oils in leather once it is tanned so they cannot be removed. Nothing that has been put in leather during the tanning process is removed by cleaning methods and adding 'conditioner' is a pointless and sometimes damaging excercise.

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#8 Quality Leather

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:46 PM

qwertydude - there are no natural oils in leather once it is tanned so they cannot be removed. Nothing that has been put in leather during the tanning process is removed by cleaning methods and adding 'conditioner' is a pointless and sometimes damaging excercise.

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#9 Lumadar

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:44 PM

ADS sells a pen ink removing pen. I haven't tried it on full blown permanent marker yet, but it worked like magic on unidentified pen markings recently where APC+ didn't even touch it.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:08 AM

For the leather techs or anyone else who has access to waterbase topcoat and cross-linker:

One thing I finally figured out is if you use something stronger than normal to remove a stain or mark on leather, follow it up with clear topcoat rather than just a conditioner. Then you probably will have it back to the state it was originally in.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 06:02 AM

Here is a pic of hair dye on a leather couch. It is a fully finished coated leather. No amount of scrubbing or solvents was going to remove this. If I would have removed the stain with solvents, then I would have removed part of the coating as well. At that point it would need to be recoated like Jay said. Since there is a thick coat on car seats, you can sometimes get away with removing a little coating, but it would affect the longevity of the leather.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:21 AM

The key here is the word permanent. Generally speaking these will have redyed the leather so removal is a technical problem.
Anything that will remove the marker will also remove the finish on the leather and possibly the pigment so this will need replacing. The area can be recoloured if you have a colour mixed to match your leather.

qwertydude - there are no natural oils in leather once it is tanned so they cannot be removed. Nothing that has been put in leather during the tanning process is removed by cleaning methods and adding 'conditioner' is a pointless and sometimes damaging excercise.

Hope this helps


you're saying that using leather conditioner serves no purpose at all? (not calling you out...just curious). would this just be for coated leather (the "shiny" type in some vehicles) vs. the "plush" soft dull looking leather?
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#13 krouchchocolate

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:51 PM

i scrubbed it off using the leather cleaner. It worked after a while. lol

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 03:10 PM

ADS sells a pen ink removing pen. I haven't tried it on full blown permanent marker yet, but it worked like magic on unidentified pen markings recently where APC+ didn't even touch it.

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#15 Bence

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:14 PM

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#16 Showroom Shine

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:14 PM

Try a Magic Eraser with a dab of apc. DO NOT RUB HARD! the erase will remove the dye or color in leather. But it should work. Only rub on the stain.

#17 Lumadar

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:58 PM

Who is ADS?


Like someone else said, Auto Detailing Solutions, or Auto Detailing Supplies

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#18 Bence

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:04 PM

Yes, but unfortunately they've stopped shipping to outside of USA... :cry:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:16 PM

I would try a product I like by collinite Collinite Sapphire Leather & Vinyl Treatment Wax #855 I find it works great for me with troubling stains. I used it for bike chain grease on leaher in a Bentley Gt and it took it right off!!!
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#20 judyb

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:42 PM

If it is a permanent marker and you scrub it off you will have removed the finish on the leather which will now be left as a weaker area more prone to dirt and wear.
MCWD grease is a very different problem to this one.




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