Body oil stains in leather cannot be cleaned or removed, but Rub ’n Restore® colors can conceal them.
- Prep the area first with denatured or rubbing alcohol.
- Perform the tape test, which determines if leather or vinyl is ready to receive a new finish. If painters’ tape strongly adheres to the surface, such that you have to pry it off with a fingernail, you’re ready to proceed. If the tape does not stick well or curls up along the edges, more aggressive prep is needed. Try lacquer thinner. Acetone can also be used as a last resort with caution.
Body oil stains that remain sticky or resist a new finish will likely will require an oil extraction and/or the application of a blocker by a professional in your area.