Save a Suede

Sister

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I have numerous usuable pieces of suede matboard left by the previous owner. However, there are scratches and indentions on most of them. Please give me some tips to revive them.
 

Sharonx

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I use steam or sometimes you can spritz with just a fine mist of water and rub lightly and it will remove the mark. Good luck
 

Ron Eggers

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Steam works wonders but, if all else fails, beat the **** out of them and sell them as limited edition distressed suedes.
 

Jana

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Steam them with a steam iron held about a half inch from the surface, and brush the areas with a brush. It works like a charm.
 

Framerguy

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Welcome to the Grumble, Sister!!

I have been using a very stiff "knuckle" brush sold at KM and WM for many years now and it will take most marks from the edges of other matboards out and renew the knap on the texture of the suede. If you rub the board in circular motions it will tend to duplicate the original pattern of the knap better than rubbing it in a straight line.

I have a personal aversion to applying any moisture to matboards, just one of my little foibles in working with anything glued to anythin else. If steaming works for you, go for it. I find that mechanical brushing will provide the same result and it won't affect the quality of the mat at all.

Framerguy
 

Emily

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I've found that I can use a very-lightly dampened q-tip, and swirl it very gently against the scratch mark. Almost always takes it out.
 

Jim Miller

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All of those suggestions work, and here's one more:

If you have an air compressor, spritz a bit of clean water on the suede's marks and then blast it dry with a stream of high-pressure air. That evaporates the moisture & restores the swirl marks nicely. And you won't have to heat up your steam iron.
 

Sister

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What a fantastic welcome to The Grumble. Thanks much!!! I'll be back!
 
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