Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

Banjo Lovers Online

Sep 29, 2023 - 5:03:18 PM
1092 posts since 5/31/2004

This forum might seem out of place for this question, but posting it here will most likely reach those with the right experience.

While handling a leaking bottle of Fiebings Oil Dye (which I use to ebonize fingerboards), I accidentally stained the cotton chino pants I was wearing.

Does anyone know the best way to remove the stain?

Edited by - vintagetenor on 09/29/2023 17:03:41

Sep 29, 2023 - 5:22:39 PM

2840 posts since 9/18/2010

Originally posted by vintagetenor

Does anyone know the best way to remove the stain?

2 choices:

1. cut off the stained part

2. dye the chinos black


That stuff ain't coming out of those pants, especially if it has dried.

I spilled some dilute brown Transtint dye on a new (to me, Goodwill issue) pair of Duck Head khaki pants, reacted quickly with denatured alcohol followed by hot water, and after laundering, the stain is barely noticeable. Transtint is not Feibings leather dye though.

Edited by - sunburst on 09/29/2023 17:24:05

Sep 29, 2023 - 6:43:47 PM
like this

3351 posts since 2/18/2009
Online Now

I'm sorry to hear of your sad predicament. When an auctioneer I used to know would get to an item he couldn't identify as he was selling it he would sometimes say "You can paint it black and burn it". It sounds like you have accomplished step 1 of this process, and step 2 may be your best recourse. Or you could tell people the black area is a mysterious symbol, or you could add to the dyed area and make the shape into something more representational. You could even add more and bigger spots and go for the Holstein cow look, though I am not sure if that is fashionable at the present time. If not you might want to put the pants away in the attic till that look comes in again, which it's bound to do someday.

Sep 30, 2023 - 3:27:19 AM

1738 posts since 12/26/2007

Hey Mike - can't help you with your Fiebings issue. I use it too......... sometimes it will clean up with denatured alcohol but probably not for fabric.

I see that you've relocated to Roanoake, hope you had a good move ! !


Sep 30, 2023 - 8:14:07 AM

2840 posts since 9/18/2010

Didn't notice the Roanoke location. My old stomping grounds when I lived in Va and played in a band out of Franklin County. I was just back in Roanoke a week or so ago visiting my 95 year old aunt.

Oct 21, 2023 - 2:16:29 PM
likes this

1092 posts since 5/31/2004

Thank you all for your comments.

My wife was able to remove the stain completely! She used something called Oxi Clean and the stain came out the first time she washed them.

I'm glad they are Lands' End chinos. Their claim of using a stain resistant cotton sure held true.

Oct 21, 2023 - 9:30:15 PM

2840 posts since 9/18/2010

Good info! I'll make a note of Oxi Clean.

Oct 22, 2023 - 1:16:40 AM

banjo roo


213 posts since 5/12/2010

Put the pants in a bucket of cold water. Then take to a dry cleaners.

Oct 22, 2023 - 1:19:34 AM

banjo roo


213 posts since 5/12/2010

I once got sump oil on my chinos. I put them in a bucket of hot water, thinking it would get the oil out. The dry cleaners said the hot water just set the stain in. They did a damn good job, and the stain was barely noticeable. They said if I put it in a bucket of cold water, the stain would have been able to be completely removed

Oct 22, 2023 - 1:20:58 AM

banjo roo


213 posts since 5/12/2010

Disregard last two posts, I should have read the good news!
Congratulations and well done wife

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories