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How to repair water staining on eel leather

I made the mistake of laying my eel skin briefcase on a wet surface, which proceeded to leave a noticeable water mark.

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I left the case in the sun thinking that would be the quickest way to dry the surface. Unfortunately, after a Google search it appears I should have let it dry in a cool, dark place, indoors and out of direct sunlight.

Not sure if this stain is now permanent or not. Anything I can do to fix this? Should I gently wipe the lighter areas with a damp cloth to see if I can darken those areas to blend better?

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Tim
 

ajkel64

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Sorry Tim, I have no idea how to remove the stain. Hopefully someone else will. It looks like a really nice briefcase and I hope that we can help you out.
 
My limited experience with problems like this suggests that there is an almost infinite number of ways to make the situation a lot worse. There are maybe one or two ways to renovate it. In short, since it’s a high value product I’d consult an expert leather care specialist.
 
Was it just clean water? You say "stain", but if the water was clean, then this is just a color bleed, likely as a result of the leather being veg tanned.

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My limited experience with problems like this suggests that there is an almost infinite number of ways to make the situation a lot worse. There are maybe one or two ways to renovate it. In short, since it’s a high value product I’d consult an expert leather care specialist.
Good suggestion and the safest bet to not make matters worse.

Tim
 
Was it just clean water? You say "stain", but if the water was clean, then this is just a color bleed, likely as a result of the leather being veg tanned.

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It was rain water from a damp wooden picnic table on my back deck. I was working outside and placed the briefcase down on the table, which I did not think was so damp that water would leach into the leather. The leather even wrinkled a little bit is some areas but that worked its way out once it dried.

Tim
 
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