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hammer1234 08-31-2011 06:58 AM

Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
Laredo X with Greystone Interior

I cleaned an ink spot off of the leather on my front passenger seat but in my haste I may have made the situation worse...:(

I first tried some detailer cleaner and it really didn't do much to the ink stain. I then put some rubbing alcohol on it with a cloth and it got the ink up beautifully but the leather started to have a different feel to it (more sticky is the best description). Once I noticed that, I buffed with a damp cloth and then liberally applied some leather conditioner...but I think that there is still a spot now where the alcohol was applied.

Is there anything I can do DIY or is it time to get the car to a leather repair shop? Can the panel be saved or will I need to have another one put on?

jeep2011 08-31-2011 07:43 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
Try a magic eraser. Rub lightly and it should come out.

JVBW0527 08-31-2011 09:30 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
OMG! the magic eraser!! that is a great idea!! I never would have thought of that! I have the light frost beige interior and was wondering what i could use if to get out any stains or marks on the seats or doors....I hope it works.

let us know if it worked!!

hammer1234 08-31-2011 09:34 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
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Originally Posted by JVBW0527 (Post 476171)
OMG! the magic eraser!! that is a great idea!! I never would have thought of that! I have the light frost beige interior and was wondering what i could use if to get out any stains or marks on the seats or doors....I hope it works.

let us know if it worked!!

No need for me to use the magic eraser, the alcohol cleaned the ink off quite well. Main concern is that I've damaged the leather in the process...

I'll keep the magic eraser in mind for any other scuffs or marks. Had a feeling that the light interior could be a problem.

jeep2011 08-31-2011 09:40 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
The magic eraser is great I used it on my CLK with the oyster color. It was the only thing that ever seem to get the dirt out of the seats. I never rubbed vary hard, nor did I have to. Doing this for 5 years never damaged the leather.

robpp 08-31-2011 09:55 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
the alcohol HAS most likely damaged the finish.

there are repair guys that might be able to help but you could be SOL.

search local for leather repair. not necessarily automotive.

Ricko 08-31-2011 11:14 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
I used just a cloth with water and worked fine for me no need for cleaners. I would bring it to a shop to get it done right

Cherokee4X4 08-31-2011 11:21 AM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
should have used Lexol cleaner and then used the conditioner right after...would have taken it out and made your leather look like the day it rolled off the line...hindsight is a beyotch

hammer1234 08-31-2011 12:28 PM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ricko (Post 476246)
I used just a cloth with water and worked fine for me no need for cleaners. I would bring it to a shop to get it done right

Cloth and water would not have taken up the ink spot...unfortunately it had a chance to dry overnight.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cherokee4X4 (Post 476249)
should have used Lexol cleaner and then used the conditioner right after...would have taken it out and made your leather look like the day it rolled off the line...hindsight is a beyotch

My first attempt was with an interior detailer cleaner (think the brand is Meguir's) but it only faded the ink spot slightly. At that point I got impatient and then brought out the alcohol, which took the ink off right away but left a discoloration and the leather took on a rougher consistency. Once that happened, after the initial panic I wiped the area over with a very damp cloth and then put on a few layers of the Lexol conditioner. I'd guess that the conditioner was applied within a few minutes after I used the alcohol on the leather.

I don't have the Jeep with me right now, but the DW told me this morning that she couldn't see the spot in the daylight after she drove to work. I suspect it's still there though.

Has anyone else had success getting out large ink spots with basic cleaners?

Yes, hindsight is a beyotch...just hoping that any damage or discoloration to the leather panel can be repaired.

BIGAL 08-31-2011 02:45 PM

Re: Cleaned ink off of leather seat...
 
use "goof off "very little amount on a white cloth don't soak it


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