If the paint is water based the possibility exists that a mild solution of warm water and dish soap might loosen it enough to remove the paint. Saddle soap is another option that might loosen it. Since leather is always dyed, using something strong enough to disolve the paint (like a dried paint remover) will probably also remove the dye (the navy blue). You may be able to remove the paint, then find a shoe polish or shoe dye to touch up where the paint was removed.
Unfortunately this may be a job for a professional if you want it back the way it was. I'd also contact the manufacturer and see what hints they might have.
Hi. I used fingernail polish remover to take siver paint off my leather jacket. It works. =)
The solution in nail polish remover that removes paint is Acetone. This can be purcased in mostly at Hardware stores. Apply it lightly to paper or a light cloth, then blot. Paint will show on the cloth. Amazingly, it removed pen ink from velour car seats.
Just tried acetone to remove some old latex paint from a leather couch. It works! But it also removes some of the stain used to color the leather (as someone earlier mentioned). As long as you're careful and dab the dried latex with an acetone-soaked paper towel, you should be fine. IMO, the damage done to the leather color is far less offensive than the splotchy latex paint was.
I have to say THANK YOU to the people who posted the comments on this site!! After reading that finger nail polish would take the paint off my leather couch (which is green) I decided to try my nail polish which is natural. It is called "Almost Natural Polish Remover" IT WORKED!! The only dicoloration was where the paint was thicker. For that I dabbed A LITTLE Olive oil on a damp towel and DABBED the spots. I then wiped off the oil with a clean damp cloth and you can't even tell that there was paint or discoloration!!! THANKS SOOO MUCH!
Someone said olive oil. Is that crazy? No. It works. I rubbed it on and the paint came off. Amazing!
If it is a water based paint then as mentioned warm soapy water may remove it, you would probably be best off with a strong water based leather cleaner.
If it is a solvent based paint then any strong solvent like acetone will remove it. Of course this may well lead to damage on your leather.
Olive Oil worked! Saved my expensive couch!
By happy leather owner
Thanks for the tip! I used olive oil and it completely removed the dried white paint from my grey leather!
Thank you for your advice on removing paint from my leather love seat. It's been on there for about a year, so I thought it would never come off. I used a cotton swab with acetone polish remover, then rubbed olive oil into it. It lightened the paint quite a bit then I rubbed the spots briskly with a rag soaked in dish detergent and warm water. I'm thankful to say my navy blue love seat looks new with no color loss.
I had oil based paint dried on my husband's leather SUV seats. I rubbed the olive oil into the spots then wiped with a rag with warm soapy water. Presto! It is all gone and the leather is fine.
You guys rock. I tried the olive oil on my leather chair and ottoman and it worked great. My husband initially told me to try alcohol and stripped the paint so don't do that. Olive oil works great!
Thanks so much, I sold my car, and told the new owner the paint would come off the leather easily, I spent a day trying to get it off before finding this site, now it's all gone. Olive Oil, a wonderful thing.
Hi, I used nail varnish remover on my leather sofa and it worked. It took a little colour away but it was on the side so it isn't seen, and it was better than big blobs of white paint!! Thank you!
I used warm soapy water (dish soap) and a sponge. I applied the soapy water to the paint (splatter) area then I lightly touched the hard (scrubbing) side of the sponge over the area.
I did it VERY lightly. I did NOT scrub. This worked wonders, the paint splatter came off somewhat easily with absolutely no damage.
Distilled vinegar it doesnt have a smell and cleans everything especially leather.
If you're trying to get latex paint out of leather, use vinegar and a LITTLE bit of baking soda. rub it over the stain and let it soak for a couple of minutes. I just used my finger nail to scrape it off. You might have to put a few coats on. But it will come off with some scraping!!
The baking soda and vinegar removed nail polish from my very expensive sofa. It took a little time and patience, but it didn't take any of the color off! Thank you so much for the help (04/30/2007)
Through a series of unfortunate events including kids artwork, a dog and an empty paper towel roll, I found a blue oil paint smear on my leather ottoman, days later. Distilled white vinegar worked! Thanks for your help.
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