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sailor86 05-24-2011 06:50 AM

paint on leather
We've got virtually a brand new tan leather recliner and I managed to get a couple of smears of oil-based paint on it. What would you recommend to clean it up without defacing the sofa?

chaluska 05-24-2011 02:50 PM

vegetable oil.

i would suggest that, due to leather is "practically" skin anyways, and its suggested to use vegetable oil to remove oil based paint off your skin.

unless you want to start slathering your leather with mineral spirits :EEK

sailor86 05-24-2011 03:03 PM

Did not know that, Chaluska. Let you know how it turns out.

chaluska 05-24-2011 05:03 PM


Originally Posted by sailor86 (Post 57251)
Did not know that, Chaluska. Let you know how it turns out.

Yeah, ive messed around with rustoleum oil based paint, and read to use veggie oil to remove excess.. worked on my skin..

DIYHomeDesign 05-26-2011 02:00 PM

I assume it's already dried? Otherwise it shouldn't be too hard to wipe it off.

sailor86 05-26-2011 04:17 PM

Used Canola oil cause it was available. Worked like a charm.

mrrobinson 08-04-2011 03:27 PM

I would say soap and warm water. But apparently from what others are saying canola oil works? interesting...

Snav 08-18-2011 08:51 PM

Awesome, sailor - I'll keep that in mind (have a leather couch that needs some serious cleaning)

g2cool 08-20-2011 06:15 PM

I had the exact same thing happen to me. We were paint our family room with an oil based paint and we allowed our teenagers to help (probably not the best idea I ever had) and needless to say we ended up with bright red splatters all over one end of our leather sofa. After several calls I ended up finding a Boston house cleaning company to come out and remove the paint with canola oil ($75 later). The boys didn't get an allowance for several weeks.

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