Alcantara emergency! Help Please! ScottWax?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Brieldo, May 2, 2005.

  1. Brieldo

    Brieldo Bigger than you are.

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Messages:
    5,165
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    SEA, WA
    Guys,
    Have any of you had any experience in removing an ink spot from alcantara seats? An uncapped pen poked through my backpack and left a little spot. It's blue ink from a ballpoint pen. Alcantara's website says to use ethyl alcohol and water to remove such a spot, but I was wondernig if any of you had had any luck removing such a problem spot.

    HELP PLEASE!




    __________________
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2005
  2. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    I have no idea what type of material alcantara is. If their website makes a specific recommendation, it should be safe.
     
  3. Brieldo

    Brieldo Bigger than you are.

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Messages:
    5,165
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    SEA, WA
    alcantara is the synthetic suede that comes on the seats of Lightnings, Cobras, the headliners for some mercedes', etc.
     
  4. SSICK WX3

    SSICK WX3 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
    OT: how do you pronounce it? Alcantara
    OL Con Tar A?
     
  5. CalSpeedRacer

    CalSpeedRacer i lurk

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2001
    Messages:
    3,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    sf
    Here's some info I dug up on Audiworld forums:

    Alcantara : extremely easy to clean, it can also be washed in the washing machine on the cool water cycle. To maintain its natural look, just us a soft brush. Spots are easy to remove: just follow the instructions in the spots removal table, below.

    Alcohol, spirits wash with soap foam, then clean with diluted methylated spirits (10-20%)

    Drinks, wine sponge with vinegar and water (50%) then wash with soap foam
    Biro, shoe polish, tarmac, pine cone resin, chewing gum
    sponge with absorbant fabric coated in ethyl alcohol 90� or turpentine oil
    Beer
    sponge with warm water (max 40�C) to which 3% methylated spirit has been added

    Coffee, tea, milk
    wash with soap foam. If the stain remains, clean with diluted ammonia (10%)

    Chocolate, sweets, blood
    sponge with warm water (max 40�C) and 5% diluted ammonia

    Paint oil colour:
    clean with turpentine, then wash with soap foamdistemper: wash with soap foam. In any case if the stain is old and therefore very difficult to remove ask an expert.

    Cosmetics
    generally, only wash with soap foam, in case of persistent stains, use ethyl alcohol 90� or 5% diluted ammonia. Do not ever use nail polish remover or any other solvent for nail polish

    Grass, vegetables
    sponge with warm water (max 40�C) then wash with soap foam

    Ink
    remove as much as possible with blotting paper, clean with 20% methylated spirit and wash with soap foam. Sometimes lemon juice gives good results. In case of persistent stains ask an expert.

    Jam, syrup, fruit juice
    sponge with warm water (max 40�C), If the stain remains use ethyl alcohol 90�
     
  6. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    Thanks for the information, CalSpeedRacer. :)
     
  7. Brieldo

    Brieldo Bigger than you are.

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Messages:
    5,165
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    SEA, WA
    Sweet. Thanks alot guys. I'm going to give the ethyl alcohol a try tomorrow.

    B
     
  8. CalSpeedRacer

    CalSpeedRacer i lurk

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2001
    Messages:
    3,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    sf
    no problem.. i had alcantara seat bottoms and backs on my audi s4 and you will be surprised how well stains come out of it... i think it is better to address the stain soon after it occurs though. while i had never spilled ink, i did spill about half a strawberry-orange smoothie and i was able to remove it with just warm lightly soapy water.

    with any chemical you try, be sure to try it in a small spot first to make sure it does not discolor (or remove any color) from the alcantara. i have heard of cases where ethyl alcohol removed some of the alcantara color dye.
     
  9. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

    Joined:
    May 5, 2000
    Messages:
    160,083
    Likes Received:
    725
    Location:
    Home of the Texas Rangers
    The woolite/water mix should work well on most stains but it probably isn't strong enough for ink. Should be perfect for regular cleaning.
     
  10. RenaultFreak

    RenaultFreak OMG

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2002
    Messages:
    88,686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    CCS, VE
    AL: like AL bundy
    CAN: like a CAN of tuna
    TA: like TAra Reid
    RA: like RAt

    ALCANTARA, my next car will probably have a combination of black leather and black alcantara :cool:
     

Share This Page