Customs: Removing Permanent marker

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  1. MikeTSI

    MikeTSI The Reclaimer TFW2005 Supporter

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    Any of you know anything that will remove Permanent marker from plastic without damaging it? And it's not from a sharpie either, it was one of those big king size ones that stink real bad. So far I've tried the following:

    Lighter fluid - Doesn't work

    Denatured alcohol - Barely worked, and I mean barely. It would take weeks to clean this figure

    Acetone - Damages the plastic

    So what should I try next?

    Mike


    BTW mods, if this should be in the toyark feel free to move it.
     
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    AutobotSDG Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried Isopropyl Alcohol? It's not the same as the weak Denatured stuff. You do have to be careful using it on any painted areas though as it will remove that paint as well...

    Otherwise, I saw a commercial for a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge that was shown to remove permanent marker off of a countertop... not sure if it would work on plastic, but it couldn't hurt to try right? :) 
     
  3. jokerswild

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    Try the mr clean magic eraser its amazing
     
  4. MikeTSI

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    The wifey and I are getting ready to go to the grocery store. I'm going to pick up one of those Mr. Clean thingies. I'll let you guys know how it works.

    Mike
     
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    Yeah, let us know...I'm interested in those and have never tried one. I usually default to Denatured alcohol for all of my paint/goop/general funk removal needs and it is the most powerful thing I have found that will remove stuff without harming the plastic. Lighter fluid can work well too, especially for adhesive gunk.
     
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    A light sanding followed by buffing to restore shine may work as a last resort.
     
  7. BowB4Prime

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    surprisingly pencil eraser will take marker out of almost anything like plastic, as long as its non porous or semi porous... try it n see
     
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    Also look into using a dry erase marker. The kind you would use on a white board. I know if you use permanent marker on the white board all you need to do is use a dry erase marker on it and then just wipe off.
     
  9. MikeTSI

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    I tried that too. That works great usually, but not on this.

    The Magic eraser though, worked like a charm! The only downside is that you can't get in any crevises or edges. If it's not on a flat surface where you can rub, it won't work.

    Mike
     
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    Why would anyone use such a marker anyway?
     
  11. MikeTSI

    MikeTSI The Reclaimer TFW2005 Supporter

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    Because I was 11 and stupid pretty much. That's another reason this marker is hard to get off, it's been on there since 1989. lol

    Mike
     
  12. Carl

    Carl Length and/or Girth

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    WD-40 works, too.

    "What surfaces or materials are OK to use WD-40 on?
    WD-40 can be used on just about everything. It is safe for metal, rubber, wood and plastic. WD-40 can be applied to painted metal surfaces without harming the paint. Polycarbonate and clear polystyrene plastic are among the few surfaces on which to avoid using a petroleum-based product like WD-40."
     

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