Spot on Peacoat - what to do?

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  1. agp

    agp Senior member

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    Got this peacoat a few weeks ago, and just recently noticed a white/faded spot on the back of my elbow. Anyone know what it might be and how I may be able to fix it?

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  2. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Looks like a wear spot. Keep your elbows off the table.
     


  3. agp

    agp Senior member

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    I've only had this coat for less than a month though... Peacoats wear out that fast?

    And there's nothing I can do to "repair" it?
     


  4. TheMangelo

    TheMangelo Well-Known Member

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    Sharpie?

    It's hard to tell from the photo: does the wool in the area look worn out? Is it possible that you've just rubbed/leaned up against something that marked the fabric?
     


  5. agp

    agp Senior member

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    I think a sharpie would be too dark. The spot just looks like maybe it was bleached, but perfectly faded on the edges. All the wool's still there, just some colors went missing.
     


  6. DJosef

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    I'd recommend against that, I tried it once on a much cheaper garment, and the result was probably worse than what I started out with. :) Sharpies are definitely a bad idea.

    A dry cleaner might be able to do something for you, or if all else fails, just have elbow pads sewn on by a tailor. It might actually look good, and might come in handy if the elbows get significant wear.

    (Though my first experiment would involve a warm soapy towel. Maybe it's just whitewash from leaning on a wall or something similar.)
     
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  7. agp

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    I will try the soapy towel. I tried using packing tape but that didn't get rid of any of the white.
     


  8. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    Just chalk it down to wear, and let it age with character. Not everything has to look brand new 1 month, or a year from purchase. It is, after all, 1 month old.
     


  9. agp

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    Soapy towel did the trick. Thanks!
     


  10. gsugsu

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    Wouldn't you think of trying to clean the spot off prior to checking with SF?
     


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    Doing anything before checking with Sf is too risky
     


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  13. agp

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    I didn't want to risk ruining it by getting it wet. If someone had other ideas for cleaning without water I would have tried that first.
     


  14. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    You're afraid of getting a small part of your pea coat wet?

    I do suppose you know they were worn by sailors and the navy, right?
     
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  15. agp

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    I did not, but thanks for letting me know.
     


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