Are you having a hard time getting rid of paint from leather?
Here are some steps to help you out:
Remove paint off of leather using soap and water
If you’re removing newly dripped paint off of leather, this could do the trick. The first step is to keep it from spreading by rolling a paper towel and using it to dab as much of the paint off before it seeps in more. Never rub or wipe the paint so it won’t go beyond where it dripped.
Then, mix a bowl of warm water with an ounce of mild detergent. Dip a scrub pad on this mixture and use it to remove the paint without scrubbing the leather too much and damaging it. Most paints these days are water-based so they can be removed with just this simple trick. You can also use a soft bristle brush to gently remove paint without damaging the leather.
Remove paint off of leather using oil
If the first trick didn’t work, then you’re probably dealing with an oil-based paint. This is when you can use oil to get paint off of leather. Many people use olive oil because it can remove the paint efficiently while also reconditioning the leather.
So if you have olive oil lying around in your pantry, you can use it to remove that stubborn paint from your leather furniture. But before you do, test the oil first on an inconspicuous part of your leather to see if it causes any reaction since leathers are dyed and sealed differently. You can also use cooking or baby oil if you don’t have olive oil available.
To apply oil on the paint, use a cloth or cotton swab to gently rub the affected area. Then, make sure to wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel to keep it from soaking into the leather and damaging it. Once all the paint is removed, wipe the area with a cloth dabbed in soapy water or leather cleaner to remove any residue.
Remove paint off of leather using a scraper or blunt knife
If you’re trying to remove acrylic paint that dries fast and can be stubborn to remove, you have to act quickly and use a scraper or dull knife to get it off before it sticks to your leather more. If the paint is still wet, rinse it with water right away and use a sponge to remove any remaining paint. But if you’re dealing with dry paint, use a scraper or dull knife to gently scrape off the paint without damaging the leather.
Then, you can use a damp cloth or leather cleaner to wipe off the excess paint. Put cleaner in a spray bottle and apply it to the affected area alone. You’d want to target the stain alone while keeping the rest of the leather protected.
Remove paint off of leather using Vaseline
If soapy water and oil didn’t work, it’s time to try Vaseline or petroleum jelly because it’s proven to be effective in taking off even the most stubborn dried paint off of leather. Like oil, make sure to test the Vaseline or petroleum jelly on a hidden part of your leather to see its reaction before applying it on the affected area.
If it’s safe, use a dry cloth or cotton swab to apply the Vaseline on the paint and rubbing it gently until it comes off completely. You can then wipe off any excess Vaseline or paint using dry cloth or paper towel.
Remove paint off of leather using nail polish
Nail polish is not only a great product to use for making your nails look pretty, but it’s also very useful in removing stubborn paint off of leather. Like oil and Vaseline, test a small amount of nail polish on a hidden area first since it can remove the dye on some types of leather.
To apply nail polish on the affected area, simply dab the nail polish onto the stain until it starts to come off. Never rub the nail polish since it can damage the leather. Use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the paint of as gently as possible.
Remove paint off of leather using rubbing alcohol
If you already tried all the methods above but to no avail, you can use rubbing alcohol as a last resort to removing paint off of leather. Use a scrub or cotton swab to dip into the rubbing alcohol and gently remove the paint gently from the leather.
Just make sure to not leave the alcohol on the leather’s surface for too long to keep it from seeping in and drying out the leather.
Paint can definitely be stubborn to remove. But with these techniques, you can easily get rid of even the most annoying stains in your leather furniture while making sure that it is protected from further damage.