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Old 08-27-2009, 11:47 PM
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Gum on leather

The black leather seats in my DD (BMW 740i) have gum on the seat. Anyone have a good solution?
David

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Gum Removal

Good Ol WD-40 is a great gum remover,spray some on the gum let it penetrate a couple minutes then spray some on a Turk towel and rub it off works great for getting it off carpet too.I used to work for a Textile and uniform rental company and the rental mats would get messed up with gum and would be taken out of service,after showing this to the boss I got a little bonus since it saved the company plenty of $$$ in replacement mats,to this day they buy WD-40 by the barrel.
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You need to know what kind of leather the seat is made from before you do anything. If it has coatings on it to protect the leather, things like Goo-Gone, peanut oil, WD-40 (which has fish oil in it), vegetable oil, etc. might work. If it has really good full grain leather in it with no coatings, you have to be exceptionally careful. I would call a BMW dealer first before I did anything which might damage the leather or leave an oily stain.
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Rub an ice cube on the affected area and see if the gum will come off.
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I just looked at the label on my bottle of Goo-Gone. It says not to use it on silk, leather, suede, or rubber.
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Dry ice is supposed to work, but I have never tried it. Seems like you would not have to worry about leaving any stain with it though.
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McGuire's makes an excellent leather cleaner that I have used to remove gum from leather before.

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Dry ice is supposed to work, but I have never tried it. Seems like you would not have to worry about leaving any stain with it though.
I think I would not try something on leather that can burn skin. It might just burn cow skin too.
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will ckecj with a BMW dealer to see if there would be any issues with solvent type solutions. I will try some ice..........I doubt I could screw that up........or maybe I could?
Thanks again and I will post the outcome
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Finger nail polish remover will take it off in a heart beat. Test an area of the leather first to make sure it is safe to use then go for it.

I see by the 2 posts below me nail polish remover is not a good idea. That is why I said TEST FIRST. I remember using it when I was younger to remove gum but it was not on leather seats. Thanks for stopping someone from possibility damaging there seat.

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Finger nail polish remover contains either ethyl acetate or acetone as its main ingredient. I would not put either of those on good leather, it could remove the dye.

Be careful what you try, or you will end up with a lot bigger problem than gum on the seat.
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Finger nail polish remover will take it off in a heart beat. Test an area of the leather first to make sure it is safe to use then go for it.
It will also take off the finish as finger nail polish remover is primarily Acetone.

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Finger nail polish remover will take it off in a heart beat. Test an area of the leather first to make sure it is safe to use then go for it.

I see by the 2 posts below me nail polish remover is not a good idea. That is why I said TEST FIRST. I remember using it when I was younger to remove gum but it was not on leather seats. Thanks for stopping someone from possibility damaging there seat.
No problem. You did say test first, but leather is a tricky thing to clean and using anything as strong as fingernail polish remover before trying other cleaners and methods would not be the way to go.
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