How to remove dried paint from a leather sofa?
I have a Horse Buggy that I bought this weekend and someone had painted the whole thing light blue including the leather. I tried acetone, but it only worked on a very small part of it. What else can I use? I also tried the olive oil, didn't work. Thanks. I need help.
My mum bought herself a leather chair complete with paint spatters. We used distilled vinegar, paint removal wipes, and oil. None would shift the paint, the only thing that worked was nail polish remover scrubbing with toothbrushes. It didn't damage the leather at all. I was impressed. (08/06/2007)
I got latex paint on my father's favorite, expensive leather chair. Luckily he was away on a work trip, so I had some time to clean it off. I tried scraping it off with my finger nail. That was not a good idea. I went online to try to find anything that would maybe take it off. I tried some water and dish soap like somebody suggested and I did not scrub with the scratchy side of sponge. In minutes all of the paint was off. It was so cool. The olive oil thing works, too. (08/29/2007)
Tried the Olive oil with no luck. Soap and water did not work either. The nail polish remover removed the color. I was better off with the tiny bit of paint. Be careful with these home remedies. (09/21/2007)
If it's acceptable to get the leather wet, hot, hot water will soften up the paint to where it can easily be rubbed off. Acetone might work, but it will also strip all the natural oils out of the leather. Make sure you replace with a leather conditioner afterward. (12/30/2007)
My painter husband sat in our pale green leather lounge chair, not realizing that he had paint under his arms. It has been on there for a while as leather cleaning gear did not get it off and I didn't want to damage the colour. I tried nail polish remover, it worked a treat, but did dry the leather in that area. I used bees wax to bring back the shine. (12/31/2007)
By Colleen R.
Goof Off works great, also. (02/17/2008)
The Olive oil worked for most of my sofa, but the stuff in the dimples of the leather wouldn't rub out. I used Amway Liquid Organic Cleaner and a toothbrush and it came out easily. Thanks for the oil tip. (10/02/2008)
If you haven't got oil try butter or margarine. It's a lot easier to apply and conditions the leather whilst removing paint. You may need to use a slightly abrasive dish cloth or such. (11/14/2008)
OK, I swear I'm not trying to sell Amway (in fact, I've had my own issues with them), but I tried Olive oil and it seemed to remove a bit of the paint, but not all of it and it left a smudge-like hue of paint behind. I went back and used a small amount of straight 'Tough and Tender" on a damp, soft cotton towel and it came off with a small amount of light scrubbing. I then rinsed with warm, clear water.
The pre-base of the Olive oil seemed to act as a "reconditioner"; leaving the leather with the natural glow that it had initially. The couch I had was custom made and cost about $5K, so I was extremely happy to have removed the paint (don't even ask why a grown man would paint a room without covering the furniture. Ugh). (01/25/2009)
Just bought a car with black interior, however a good 10% of it was covered in paint from 2 years before hand, managed to apply olive oil with green gauze and removed all remnants of it within 25 minutes. Make sure you don't press too hard if using oil with green gauze, as it can remove some of the actual leather dye. More than happy with results though, interior looks mint in comparison to it yesterday. (02/24/2009)
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