Ball Point Pen Remover
Removes ballpoint pen marks and similar discolouration from pigmented top-grain leather.

Ballpoint pen marks are not easy to remove from furniture and car leather. If the mark is fresh, there is a better chance of cleaning it off but, if it has been there for more than three days, the area will have to be coloured.


Before starting to remove pen marks, first identify the type of leather. Incorrect cleaning methods can increase the damage. We distinguish between the following types of leather when cleaning stains and marks:

Pigmented leather: Pigmented smooth leather is leather with a protective layer of paint on the surface. A drop of water rubbed in does not sink into the leather but rolls off. Pigmented leathers generally have a satin finish and a grained surface.
Aniline leather is porous, smooth leather. A drop of water rubbed in will penetrate and darken the surface.
Suede is the reverse side of a smooth leather or both sides of split leather.
Nubuck is the sanded grain side of a smooth leather to create a soft, velvety effect.
PU-Leather / Bycast leather / Bicast leather is a split leather (suede) with a grained film of polyurethane applied to the surface. Such leather is usually shiny with a plastic-like appearance.



Ballpoint pen lines on furniture and car leather occur quite often. Unfortunately, these are not always easily removable.

Please note the following:

  • The fresher a ballpoint pen mark is, the easier it is to remove. When the ballpoint pen mark is older than three days, it is rarely possible to just clean and remove the mark. In most cases, this will have to be coloured.
  • Whole drawings by children are much more difficult to remove than short lines.
  • Cleaning attempts with the wrong products often increase the damage.


  • Always test first on a hidden area. Ideally, draw a line on this hidden area and clean vigorously, to give you an idea how effective it would be on the visible area. If it’s easy to clean, there should be no cause for concern.
  • Some pens lose a lot of ink. To avoid spreading the ink, absorb the excess using masking tape.
  • Next apply the Ballpoint Pen Remover. Press and hold the tip until it gets wet.
  • Remove the ink stains with light circular movements, across a small radius and with little pressure. The liquid softens the area and dissolves the ink.
  • Always remove dissolved ink with a cloth to avoid the stain spreading and clean the tip if necessary. The tip of the pen is designed to work on both sides so you can turn it upside down and re-insert, as required.
  • Repeat the process and, if necessary, slightly increase the pressure.
  • Older stains cannot be removed without damaging the leather’s colour so you will need to re-colour the affected area. Old ink stains tend to penetrate back out even after the leather is re-coloured. It is therefore essential to clean as thoroughly as possible prior to re-colouring.
Sanding Pad can be tested too, as the surface is a sanded surface. Rub gently and work with extreme care and precision. Always work from seam to seam. If there is a danger of damaging the leather, stop, even if a light shadow remains. A colour repair is not possible.



Most PU leathers (bycast/bicast leather) are dark and strokes from ballpoint pens are not so visible. Cleaning off the strokes risks damaging the foil on the suede. Always test on a hidden area first and don’t press or rub too hard. If there is a danger of damaging the leather, stop, even if the mark is visible. A colour repair is only possible if the leather is monochrome.



Ballpoint Pen Remover for pen lines. Where the pen strokes have smeared, use GLD Solvent. Cover any remaining traces with Leather Fresh then apply Leather Shield protector.


Aniline leather is very sensitive due to the open pores. Strokes and spots usually cannot be removed without the help of an expert. The risk of increasing the damage is very high.


Cleaning does not provide the desired result as the ink sinks into the fibres. You can attempt to remove the discolouration very carefully with the Sanding Pad. Intensive colourations can’t be removed. Ask an expert for advice.


The procedure is the same as for pigmented leather. Work carefully and test on a hidden area first.


Lighter ink stains on pigmented leather can be removed in the same way as ballpoint pen marks on pigmented leather. GLD Solvent is the first choice. Follow the instructions for discolouration.

When ink stains sink into smooth leather, only experts can help. Sometimes the ink can be absorbed as much as possible and be blocked before a re-colouration.

Most ink stains on suede and nubuck can't be treated even by experts.

Application: Cleaners & Degreasers
Application Area: Bags & Cases, Car, Furniture, Leather Cloth, Shoes & Boots, Steering Wheel
Leather Type: Artificial leather, Pigmented leather, Semi-aniline leather

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April 15, 2022 00:00


I have a red suiteWas upset to see black biro in the arm. Tried all sorts, nothing would remove itWent online with my problem and this pen was suggested.I was sceptical!!But it works a treat. One application and the ink was goneGreat value for money

March 18, 2021 00:00

Saved the day on this armrest!

This worked great on a fresh ink stain on this jet.Anytime you use this, you need to be prepared to respray or redye the area.Sometimes you get lucky when the ink is fresh and it comes off without damaging the underlying paint. Work in small sections. As it dissolves the ink, immediately lift the ink and cleaning solution away with a clean dry wipe and repeat as necessary. In this case, the ink came off right away, but the area was also cleaned of all the arm grime that was on this armrest. Using Colourlock strong cleaner after all ink was removed helped even out the clean and dirty areas for a flawless result.

March 8, 2017 00:00

Five Stars

Very pleased with item,got the pen off my chair in no time

December 10, 2020 00:00

Product returned. Expected better results

I returned the product. Did take the pen marks off my leather couch.

March 21, 2018 00:00

Three Stars

Delivered on time - product helped but not 100% stain removal

March 17, 2017 00:00

ColourLOCK? NOT!

We purchased this product to remove ballpoint ink from a beige top-grain leather sofa. Remove the ballpoint ink it did, along with the dye in the leather! So we were left with little white spots in place of the ink. We ended up purchasing yet another product to re-color the leather, which worked, but matching the color closely is more challenging than one would think.The take-away: avoid getting ballpoint ink on the sofa in the first place. You'll be glad you did!

September 25, 2017 00:00

Two Stars

Disappointed, as this item did not remove ink from leather shoe.

December 3, 2017 00:00

Made a simple tiny biro line into a disgusting mark because it took the leather off the arm

Made a simple tiny biro line into a disgusting mark because it took the leather off the arm!!!!!!! Now I have to buy something to try and patch it up