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Removing red ballpoint pen from a shoe

montecristo#4

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I just got a great deal on a pair of cognac-colored cap toes. Unfortunately, one of said cap toes has a couple small red ball point pen marks on it. Any suggestions for de-marking the shoe?

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I just got a great deal on a pair of cognac-colored cap toes. Unfortunately, one of said cap toes has a couple small red ball point pen marks on it. Any suggestions for de-marking the shoe?

Thanks.
Maybe it wasn't such a great deal after all. Aside from the usual leather cleaner, polish, wax, whatever, I wouldn't hold my breath. Pen and leather do not go together well at all.

Good luck,

Dan
 

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Thanks. I'll try the alchohol approach. If it doesn't work, I'll just darken the shoes until the lines are barely visible.
 

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For the record, isopropyl alchohol is the ticket. It removed the red. Stripped the color out of the leather, but nothing a little brown shoe cream didn't fix.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Rubbing alcohol does the trick with removing ballpoint ink from leather and most fabrics, and the best part is you don't even have to rub--just blot gently
 

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