How to Remove Oil-Based Paint From Leather

Despite your possible preconceptions, oil-based paint can be removed from a leather item. A few common household items are all you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Leather cleaner

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Step 1

Dab a small amount of olive oil onto the stained portions of the leather. Then dab the oil onto the spots. Do not rub or scrub. Just dab.

Step 2

Let the oil sit on the paint spots for about two minutes. Do not leave the oil on the spots any longer than this.

Step 3

Use a damp paper towel to remove the olive oil and the paint. You can dab and gently scrub in a circular motion to get the olive oil off of the leather. The paint will come with it.

Step 4

Clean the leather using the leather cleaner. Depending on the type of leather, you may have a moisture spot if you do not follow up this technique with a good cleaning. Clean the entire leather item using leather cream or other cleaner so that the entire piece of leather looks clean and new.


  • Test this strategy on an unnoticeable part of the leather first to make sure it will not leave a stain.


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