Removing paint from leather and wool

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  1. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Senior member

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    Gentlemen,

    A tragedy befell me this morning, an unmarked patch of paint on the pavement led to my tripping, injuring myself and getting oil-based paint on my suit, shoes and briefcase.

    I did my best to remove same, to insufficient avail, and expect that I shall be compensated by the insurers of the owner of the building for their negligence.

    Am I right in thinking there is no prospect at all of removing this mark from wool, and little of getting it off leather, at least without using solvents that will harm the leather and fade the (brown) colour?

    Kind regards,


    FP.
     


  2. j

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    I think you're stuck with solvents, but acetone will cut some paints and often doesn't fade leather that badly. I'd consult an experienced shoe repairman and see if he knows any tricks, or if you can get the item(s) cleaned, stripped and re-dyed to help cover the damage a bit.
     


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    Falsy,

    These are tragic events indeed.

    Unfortunately I think the paint is impossible to remove from wool, but you should have better luck with the leather using acetone, leather stripper and similar solvents.

    Im guessing the trousers got splattered on the calf area so if you have no luck in removing the paint perhaps you could lop off the affected area at knee level, re-hem and turn your trousers into shorts.
     


  4. The False Prophet

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    Neyus,

    you are a bad man...
     


  5. Journeyman

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    I'm guessing the trousers got splattered on the calf area so if you have no luck in removing the paint perhaps you could lop off the affected area at knee level, re-hem and turn your trousers into shorts.

    FP,

    I think that Neyus's suggestion goes a bit too far, but if you play golf, you could always consider turning your trousers into a pair of plus fours or breeks.

    On a more serious note, I agree that it will be difficult to get paint out of your trousers. Unless you are willing to soak your trouser leg in mineral turpentine, it will be pretty difficult to remove all the paint, although I suppose that a good dry cleaner could always give it a determined try.

    Shoes should be able to be cleaned and polished to get rid of the paint without too many problems.

    However, your briefcase might present another problem unless, as Neyus and j. suggest, you are willing to take to it with some sort of solvent - which could damage the finish.

    Best of luck!
     


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    Gentlemen,

    A tragedy befell me this morning, an unmarked patch of paint on the pavement led to my tripping, injuring myself and getting oil-based paint on my suit, shoes and briefcase.

    I did my best to remove same, to insufficient avail, and expect that I shall be compensated by the insurers of the owner of the building for their negligence.

    Am I right in thinking there is no prospect at all of removing this mark from wool, and little of getting it off leather, at least without using solvents that will harm the leather and fade the (brown) colour?

    Kind regards,


    FP.


    Try Nivea cream on the leather,my wife got gloss paint on the sleeve of her leather coat and Nivea removed it.
     


  7. Jawbreak

    Jawbreak Senior member

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    As for the suit: If you can find a cleaner that still uses classic chemicals such as Gasoline "Benzin" then try...

    I had a stain of unkown origin on my suit, regular cleaners tried but couldnt remove it... then went to another cleaners and as my tailor sugested asked them to clean with "Benzin" rough translation to english is gasoline (yes I was terrified what what would happen to my MTM suit), I explained the type of fabric, and VIOLA... they got it out....
     


  8. The False Prophet

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    That sounds worrying. See, my concern is that the cure is worse than disease almost...it will be a pyrrhic victory if the cloth is so worn or faded from the cleaning that the suit is unwearable for that reason.

    Thanks for the input though!
     


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    I was also extremely worried when I thought benzine would be used to clean my suite, but surprisingly the suit came back in excellent condition.... minus the stain.....

    However from what I inquired, dry cleaners NOW use only modern chemicals for dry cleaning...... So in conclusion I would find a Good Quality dry cleaner and consult with them on what to do... Or ask your tailor for advise.
     


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