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Removing Dried Paint from a Leather Sofa

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Accidents happen; painting a room can sometimes result in spatters and drips on unprotected furniture. This is a guide about removing dried paint from a leather sofa.


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October 9, 2014

I've just removed eggshell white paint from my leather sofa by rubbing in petroleum jelly (Vaseline). I left it for a few minutes, then gently rubbed with a wet nail brush and it started coming off! Happy me!

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June 12, 20133 found this helpful

I sprayed leather conditioner on the paint spots and let them soak a bit. Then I took a baby's tooth brush in a circular motion to the spots. They came right up. I finished by conditioning the remainder of the chair. Like new!

By R.B. from Chicago

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March 3, 20080 found this helpful

To remove old dried up paint from my leather sofa, my husband suggested I try his Acrylic Remover and Brush Cleaner, for cleaning paintbrushes. I dabbed it on the old stains, and voila! The stains are gone and leather in perfect condition. (The olive oil didn't work very well for me.)

By Katie from Orlando, FL

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April 1, 2010

How do I remove paint over spray off a brown leather couch?

By Brenda from Phoenix, AZ


March 18, 20140 found this helpful
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I inherited a beautiful leather couch that my grandkids jumped on until the hardwood frame imploded. That's a repair story for another place.


Once repaired I had to deal with a combination of severe paint to wall transfers that occurred both over the years of being backed against the wall and the fact that it had to be rammed through several painted doorways due to its size. (It was built into the house when the main plate glass window was upgraded. It was moved by five twenty something's all with different ideas centered around force.

So..shattered and scuffed and deeply stained, I vowed to fix it for my library. Months passed...then a year. Deep old scuffs, stains and grandchild mucky stickiness throughout. I tried soap and water, olive oil (virgin and otherwise), acetone, naphtha (recommended by the furniture manufacture) and even Gunslick Pro Ultra-Klenz advanced gun cleaner (in desperation) which finally had some small value. But nothing made a dent in the deep large deposits of scuffed on paint or ancient foodstuffs still unidentified.

Finally, as a sometimes painter I turned to denatured alcohol. The no-no of leather works everywhere due to it's drying property. It removed the paint, food (with more work) and discolorations. WARNING! It also emulsified the entire surface of the leather finish down to the dyed through leather! So if you're not ready to re-dye and finish your couch. Call a professional!


As a cabinet maker and leather worker I am quite confident in Tandy Leather Corp. oil based leather dye, Dr. Jackson's Leather Rejuvenator and a few abrasion repairs that should only be done by a leather repair pro. In the end I have a $1800.00 leather couch in new condition for elbow grease, two weeks of labor and $360.00 inside and out materials! (The hound refused to move off for the picture...)

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January 10, 2011

How do I take oil base paint off a leather sofa?

By Steve Schafer from Findlay, OH


January 11, 20110 found this helpful

I used hand sanitizer on my sofa to remove the paint spatter. I dabbed it on the paint and let it soak in a little.


I then used the side if a spoon to scrape it off. After all the paint was gone I rubbed the areas with a little petroleum jelly. It worked great for me.

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June 29, 20170 found this helpful

Thx worked a treat,saved me from getting beating up off the wife

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September 6, 20180 found this helpful

Yes yes yes! Worked quickly, easily, and smells good too! Thanks so much!

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December 30, 20140 found this helpful

I have a leather ottoman that my son laid a painted piece of furniture on. It was stored for several years that way, and the paint transferred to the ottoman. Does anyone know if the paint can be removed without damaging the leather?

By I. Brown


January 5, 20180 found this helpful

I have used the Magic Eraser successfully

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December 21, 2011

My grandkids spilled yellow fabric paint on a black leather sofa. Some I was able to get off right away before it dried, but the dried stuff is not giving it up easily. Any suggestions on how to gently remove this paint without damaging the leather? Thanks in advance!


By Celia


December 22, 20110 found this helpful

I believe fabric paint is acrylic and I do not know of any way to get acrylic paint off of anything. See if there is a number on the paint bottle that you can phone. Perhaps they have some secrets that the rest of us do not know.

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January 10, 20110 found this helpful

How do you remove paint from a leather sofa?

By jackie dunbar


Removing Dried Paint from Leather Sofa

Try cooking oil (any brand and kind, vegetable, canola, peanut, olive, etc. Good luck! (10/07/2010)

By Barbara

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove paint from a leather sofa?

By michelle blair

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

How do you remove paint from a leather chair?

By bob from Chicago, IL


Removing Dried Paint from Leather Sofa

Take a Q-tip and dip it in nail polish remover. Shake off the excess polish remover and slowly rub the Q-tip over the paint drops that are on your leather. Have a clean damp cloth handy at the same time and after swabbing the Q-tip/nail polish remover, wipe the area off.


Do "not" soak the area with nail polish remover, but instead work slowly and carefully. I did this on the leather interior of my car and it worked just fine. (07/17/2009)

By Carol L Craig

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April 1, 20100 found this helpful

I accidentally got a small amount of paint on my gray leather couch. It is a very fine spray and the paint was acrylic latex.

George from Toronto, Canada


Removing Paint on Leather Sofa

This may be a long shot but worth a try. Get a blow dryer (not a heat gun) and put it on its highest setting. Heat up the paint over a long period of time by trying to get it to become elastic, as it is acrylic and is a type of plastic paint. See if you can very slowly and carefully peel it from your leather sofa without anything but trying to lift it up with your fingernails.

If that doesn't work, possibly a gentle organic chemical type paint remover dabbed on very carefully and sparingly by working it in to the paint and gingerly try to dab up with a soft absorbent paper towel. You could ask an upholstery cleaner for their professional opinion, they might have just the right procedure. Hope this helped. :) (01/25/2009)

By anatole

Removing Paint on Leather Sofa

I also got a small amount of white paint on the leather seats of my car. I took a q-tip and dipped it in nail polish remover and tapped the excess off. Then very lightly go over the paint on the leather. It comes off almost immediately and then make sure you wipe it off with a wet sponge. It worked really well. It did not discolor the leather at all. (01/27/2009)

By Carol L Craig

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July 14, 20090 found this helpful

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