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      11-07-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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Drove to work and didn't notice anything. Went to use the gym during lunch got in the car and noticed this mark on the seat. Looks like pen but I don't keep pens on me or in the car. Not sure what happened, anyone have any suggestions to safely clean this?
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      11-07-2019, 02:57 PM   #2
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      11-07-2019, 08:24 PM   #3
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Drove to work and didn't notice anything. Went to use the gym during lunch got in the car and noticed this mark on the seat. Looks like pen but I don't keep pens on me or in the car. Not sure what happened, anyone have any suggestions to safely clean this?
You might try hairspray. It has been known to remove ink from leather. Maybe pre-test in out of site area to make sure it doesn't damage the leather.
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      11-07-2019, 08:42 PM   #4
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this is tough

ink/dye removers are very harsh, and you run the risk of going right through the pu top layer coating (think clear coat for paint) and removing the actual colour pigment as well

i would choose a reputable brand, i know leather masters make a dye remover, but play it safe, use a cotton ear bud on the pen mark only, try and keep working area as small as possible, and just take your time, neutralize excess product immediately with a leather cleaner, then start again - even do it over multiple days if you have to
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      11-07-2019, 08:43 PM   #5
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Im going old school on this and say hairspray also. and then reapply your leather cleaner/conditioner....
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Carbona makes some leather safe ink removers
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You can try with the leather cleaner first and see if it helps.
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leather cleaner won't work unless it hasn't dried

you need solvents to remove ink
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      11-08-2019, 08:02 AM   #9
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Don't know why the picture didn't upload the first time. Updated with before/after

Anyway here's how I cleaned it: I tried some detailing products including leather cleaner and didn't do anything so I put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swap and gently rubbed the marks off. Worked right away. Finished off with more leather cleaner and then applied leather conditioner. Looks like-new now thanks for the tips!
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I had same issue with a Sharpie, I used IPA and diluted it. It didn't come off initially with a 1:5 ratio but when it was 1:1 it did, I stepped up the ratio til it came off. I don't think alcohol would ruin the leather but I was a bit nervous so I did do a test spot and had no issues.
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I've worked wonders with a Mr. Clean magic eraser.
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You can use sunscreen; in particular, the Banana Boat Sport Ultra Spray, as it has denatured alcohol, which serves as a degreaser.
It is a spot cleanser that may get rid of tough permanent marker stains from surfaces like leather car seats and other upholstery.
Without leaving any white flecks or discolouration, this substance can maintain the surface's smoothness and sheen.

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      12-01-2022, 04:46 PM   #13
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Just get a colourlock dye kit and go right over it. Best stuff on the market for scuffs, nicks, and denim stains.
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