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Old 06-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Getting ballpoint ink out of leather

I have tried rubbing alcohol and hairspray and nothing works any suggestions? Thank you David
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I know I ruined a brand new chair with 90% rubbing alcohol.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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what kind of leather. a lot of durable leathers have a thin plastic coating, and solvents will melt that.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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You can try lighter fluid on a q-tip. Test a spot out of site first to make sure it doesn't discolor.

Gently work the stain out. Then clean with water and treat with a good leather conditioner.

Hope this helps!
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I have tried rubbing alcohol and hairspray and nothing works any suggestions? Thank you David
David.

I had the same problem with my ultra leather seats and I guarantee you that I tried everything I could find in the internet. If you do a goggle search you can read for days on some far out recommendations.

Then one day I surfing IRV2 forums and I came across this post:
Taking Care of Leather Seats/Sofas

Check out replies 15 & 16

Be sure to read to the end of reply #16 which quotes the manufacturers
solution

It took two days for the solution to work but there is absolutely no trace of ball point pen ink left and it did not damage the leather one bit. Test it on a spot that would not be seen easily where you can apply a small amount of ink from a pen

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One old remedy is hair spray. Test an area that is out of sight first.

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I have had good luck with simple green.
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WD-40? It was developed as a cleaner, but turned out to be a decent lubricant. It works well on a lot of stains.
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I have used acetone and removed the pen that my daughter put all over one cauch, but be very carefully because if you over do it you will ruin the leather. Joe
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Isopropyl Alchohol works.

Here is a link I Googled on the topic.

Google Answers: remove ink from leather
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WD-40? It was developed as a cleaner, but turned out to be a decent lubricant. It works well on a lot of stains.
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WD-40 IS NOT A LUBRICANT. WD stands for water dispersant. The solvent action will usually loosen up and release some residual lubricant in the assembly. It does have a very small amount of lubricant in it, but not enough to be considered a lubricant.

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Used Tuff Stuff to get ink out of house carpet!
No trace left
Find it in the auto cleaner section at Wal Mart
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