How to Remove a Stamp on Leather

by Mark Slingo

Stamps of gold or silver on leather items can be aesthetically pleasing, however it is not always the effect that you want. If you wish to remove the stamp from an item, such as a personalized purse or wallet, there are are a number of different approaches you can attempt to remove it. Removing the stamp does not mean that all evidence of it will be gone, such as imprints on the leather.

Items you will need

  • Pencil eraser
  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic bag
  • Table knife
  • Electric tape
  • Wire brush
Step 1

Rub the stamp with a pencil eraser. Abrading the stamp gently can remove it if the stamp is loose enough, as the stamp is not bonded chemically with the leather.

Step 2

Put ice cubes into a watertight plastic bag. Press the cold bag to the stamp for four minutes. Use the flat end of a table knife to attempt to scrap off the stamp, which will have been loosened by the cooling. Take care that you do not dig deeply with the knife and scratch the leather.

Step 3

Apply some electric tape over the top of the stamp on the leather. Push the tape down and then pull it up. In many cases the stamp will come off attached to the sticky side of the tape.

Step 4

Scrape the stamp off with a wire brush. Be very careful doing this as it runs the risk of permanently scratching the leather. Use this technique as a last resort on items that are not valuable.

About the Author

Mark Slingo has been a professional writer since 2008. His work has appeared in Forward, ScubaGlobe, Scuba Jedi, "Pattaya Mail" and other publications. Slingo has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Newcastle and a diploma in journalism from the British College of Journalism.