The following guide(s) are suggestions based on success of removing autographs from various parts of jerseys. Autograph removal is a delicate process and may not be suitable for everyone to perform. Use caution when attempting these steps, and if you are not completely comfortable, do not attempt. At the end of the guide(s), a list of members will be available that perform these services professionally.
Guide collaborated by many collectors:
Recommended Products and Tools:
- Aerosol Spot Shot
- Scrap material (For testing purposes)
- Tooth Brush (Q-Tips for Nike jerseys)
- Golf Ball
- Obtain aerosol version of Spot Shot. Use a small bowl to create a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part Spot Shot. Color test under the hem if it’s a material you’re unfamiliar with. You can also use test material at this point if you have spare identical fabric.
- Since I’ve only ever done post 1999 airknit or twill numbers, I usually skip the test because I feel confident the material is color fast. You can also adjust the dilution as you go on or for stubborn parts.
- Lay out the jersey and layer towels directly underneath the area you want to work on.
- I try to make sure that the jersey is situated in a way where none of the parts I’m not working on are exposed to the towel – it will definitely soak through and it’s best to limit which parts of the jersey it touches.
- If you’re working on the fabric of the jersey itself, pour a little on to soak the area you want to work on. Let the mixture soak into the fabric for a few minutes.
- To work on it further, or to work on numbers, take a soft bristled tooth brush and dip it into the spot shot/water mixture and use it to apply more of the solution. With numbers, you just want to take care to keep the solution in the area you’re working on.
- Take the wet toothbrush and start lightly scrubbing along the grain of the fabric. Work in small, precise areas, don’t try to take long strokes or go too fast. You’ll be too sloppy that way and it won’t go as well.
- To get down into the airknit material on the jersey itself, I use a clean white golf ball underneath and stretch the fabric around it. It lets you get into areas easily that you wouldn’t otherwise see or get to with a straight scrub. I don’t use the ball on the numbers because you really shouldn’t have to. You should start to see an immediate impact. Depending on the colors involved, it may start to look a lot worse. This is the key time in the process – DON’T PANIC. Just keep at it and if necessary, take it to a place where you can selectively rinse the affected area. I use the sprayer on my sink.
- Once I feel I’ve gotten pretty far, I usually make the decision to quit and wait to see what I have left – wet material can disguise places you’ve missed. I never leave any chemicals on the jersey.
- What I do is once I’m done with a session, I turn the jersey inside out and wash it in cold water on the most delicate setting my washer has (in this case I have a ‘hand wash’ setting. I let it dry overnight, repeating steps as necessary.
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