Fixing Nail Polish Remover Stains on Leather

September 16, 2013

We just had the dreaded nail polish remover stain on leather scenario, and the shoe polish tip has worked a treat. It's a brown leather sofa and I just worked some brown wax shoe polish into the stains, let it dry, then buffed it up.


The stains weren't too bad and one application does seem to have done the trick. Happy days :)

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August 16, 2010

I used nail polish remover to remove paint from my brown leather sofa. It took the paint off, but also the color. Any ideas on what I can use to put some color back in? I already tried shoe polish and it did not work. Thanks for your help.

By kimgmv from Dallas, TX


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July 28, 20090 found this helpful
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I used paste shoe polish on my dark brown leather furniture and it covered a spot nicely. Also, they make leather dye for home use. Check with a good leather furniture store.

July 30, 20090 found this helpful
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To do it right, contact a shoe or saddle repair shop, as they will have actual leather dye and can help you put it back correctly. Or a Tandy Leather Store, and it will probably be a two step finish to restore both the color and the shine. Good Luck!

August 20, 20100 found this helpful
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The sofa manufacturer may have a dye you can buy for a perfect match, call them and explain. After this it is a good idea to call them BEFORE attempting to remove any stains, things like this can void the warranty.


Good luck.

March 27, 20110 found this helpful
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I just used an instant black polish. I reckon I'm lucky as mine is black, and black is pretty much 'black', some people might struggle with brown and tan shades of sofa. Anyway it worked a treat and I've gone round covering up every little scratch and it looks great!

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August 31, 2017

I splashed nail polish remover on the leather armrest in an auto. Is there away to cover the discoloration?


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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

Get the closest colour of a permanent marker and cover it over with it.


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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

There are paints for fabric and leather. You may have to mix colors to get the right shade.


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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

You can get a leather and vinyl furniture touch up pen in a matching colour at an auto parts store or on

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April 15, 2016

I tried to remove blue ink from my black leather car seat using fingernail polish remover and it changed the spot to grayish blue. Is there a way to get the black color back into the leather seat of my BMW?


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April 16, 20160 found this helpful

The nail polish remover removed the dye from the leather. You can try:
BMW dealers in your area,
leather repair shops in your area,
Black Marker?

July 11, 20210 found this helpful

Make sure when using nail polish remover that you only use NON ACETONE nail polish remover. Its really not any different than the kind with acetone, meaning it doesnt cost more. You can get either at the Dollar Tree. I just got some non acetone in a really nice container that wont even spill! You have to tip it upside down & press on the top in order for it to come out!


Its only a 6oz container but I dont go thru it that fast so its perfect for just ONE DOLLAR!!! Also, Norwex makes a antibac rag that gets spots off of leather that I just LOVE! No, Im not a Norwex consultant! I dont sell it! I just use lots of their products because I love it!

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November 28, 2012

Spots where color removed.My younger sister spilled some nail polish remover and got a few blotches on my leather satchel. Is there any way I can get rid of the blotches? I heard about re-dyeing the leather, but how do I do that? The bag is 100% genuine leather and I assume it is finished.

By Jake S.


May 30, 20180 found this helpful

A good way is to get a wipe or cloth and put nail polish remover,alcohol,and water on it and it should come off really good.Good Luck!

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August 8, 2012

If you get nail polish remover on a leather chair then wash it with a hand soap will it still remove the color? I recently was removing nail polish at my desk while sitting in my leather chair, as I was putting the nail polish on my cloth I dropped the nail polish remover bottle on my chair. In a panic I got hand soap from the bathroom and tried cleaning it up, but will it still remove the color from my chair?

By Ginger M.


February 10, 20150 found this helpful

I believe leather colored polish and calling a boot repair shop may help. Also a solid marker may help. However remember it should have a reaction when you put nail polish remover on leather. That remover is used to remove fake nails as it eats them up.


You can remove any kind of fake nails with it. I know people use it to clean things but it also reacts with any plastics when left on.

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August 16, 2010

Nail polish remover with acetone has been spilled on my medium brown leather couch and it completely removed the color finish. The spill is about 1 inch wide by 1 inch long.


August 9, 2008

I just recently spilled a bit of nail polish remover on my new light tan leather couch and the color has now gone from light tan to almost white, I was just wondering if there was any way that I could go about fixing this problem.


July 26, 2007

My daughter has got red nail polish on my black leather couch. I used nail polish remover in a panic and its taken the shine and some of the blackness from the leather.

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