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A few weeks ago I accidentally spilled a drop of oil from a salmon fillet onto a pair of boots (C&J calf). Based on my search through this thread, the best strategy seemed to be repeated treatment with talcum powder to lift the oil out.

I've now repeated that treatment morning and night letting the powder sit for ~12 hours each time for about 40 days, meaning about 80 treatments. The oil stain remains though each time I blow off the powder, a circular zone remains that I need to swipe away.

Does anyone have suggestions on other strategies? Is this number of treatments to be expected? I haven't tried anything else yet.
post #17387 of 19079
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Originally Posted by MrGimpy View Post

A few weeks ago I accidentally spilled a drop of oil from a salmon fillet onto a pair of boots (C&J calf). Based on my search through this thread, the best strategy seemed to be repeated treatment with talcum powder to lift the oil out.

I've now repeated that treatment morning and night letting the powder sit for ~12 hours each time for about 40 days, meaning about 80 treatments. The oil stain remains though each time I blow off the powder, a circular zone remains that I need to swipe away.

Does anyone have suggestions on other strategies? Is this number of treatments to be expected? I haven't tried anything else yet.

Fuller's Earth is better than talcum powder. But either way it has to be done soon after the oil hits the leather...and results depend on how heavily the leather is finished.

You might try applying a coat of rubber cement over the oil spots (try a test spot on the tongue or somewhere inconspicuous) and let it sit over night. Then take an art gum eraser or a piece of plantation crepe and gently roll/rub the rubber cement off. This should draw out and pick up a fair part of the oil but the treatment may need to be repeated.

There really is no instant or completely satisfactory solution.

edited for punctuation and clarity
Edited by DWFII - 12/21/15 at 8:30am
post #17388 of 19079
So how are all of you morons doing in here? What have I missed?
post #17389 of 19079
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

So how are all of you morons doing in here? What have I missed?

You've been away for a while. Presumably some sort of pretrial diversionary program. Welcome back :)

post #17390 of 19079
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Hard to tell from the highway but I've got a suspicion that they are water stains. Sometimes...either because there are excess chromium salts in the leather or because the roadways have been salted...water (rain water, snow water, etc.) can move and concentrate salts that raise the surface of the leather and even cause it to get brittle in those areas. There are products that purporst to remove salt stains but I cannot vouch for them.

This sounds likely, they've appeared in the past month while it's been rainy here in Vancouver.

Gents - any ideas on which product to use to remove the stains? smile.gif
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So how are all of you morons doing in here? What have I missed?

You haven't missed much--the usual and the usual suspects-- but we've missed you.
post #17392 of 19079
Hey!! I are a legend!! First time I seen that.
post #17393 of 19079
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Fuller's Earth is better than talcum powder. But either way it has to be done soon after the oil hits the leather...and results depend on how heavily the leather is finished.

You might try applying a coat of rubber cement over the oil spots (try a test spot on the tongue or somewhere inconspicuous) and let it sit over night. Then take an art gum eraser or a piece of plantation crepe and gently roll/rub the rubber cement off. This should draw out and pick up a fair part of the oil but the treatment may need to be repeated.

There really is no instant or completely satisfactory solution.

edited for punctuation and clarity

Thanks for the advice, DW. I'll give the rubber cement trick a try.
post #17394 of 19079
It might surprise people, but teh Booth does have a life outside of teh forum.
post #17395 of 19079
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

It might surprise people, but teh Booth does have a life outside of teh forum.

That's just crazy talk.
post #17396 of 19079
What ever happen with that chemist doing experiments on leather?
post #17397 of 19079

hey DW some of us don't live the life of a high plains drifter but settle on the other side of the mountain in the damn rain. I am wearing hiking boots currently.  merry Christmas to all my obsessed brethren out there

post #17398 of 19079
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hey DW some of us don't live the life of a high plains drifter but settle on the other side of the mountain in the damn rain. I am wearing hiking boots currently.  merry Christmas to all my obsessed brethren out there

Dave,

That's where I started --in Eugene and then Harrisburg and then Sweet Home and then the Highlands of Central Oregon. It's wet and nasty here today. No "footlongs" (slugs) though.

Nollaig Chridheil
post #17399 of 19079
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What ever happen with that chemist doing experiments on leather?

I dunno...but I suspect the same thing that happens to most kibitzers--he lost interest or audience.
post #17400 of 19079
Did he ever follow up?
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