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SilverBlade
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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 16:09      Profile for SilverBlade   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was writing something with a permanent pen marker and when I lifted my paper off I realized that I had written all over my study table as well!

How do I get rid of the horrible marks (and not get charged) but not using stuff like nail varnish remover which destroys the table (which I will also get charged for)?

Thanks!

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CommanderShroom
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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 16:23      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Silverblade,

You can try WD-40 or rubbing alcohol. Of course that does depend on the surface.

If it's a hard plastic I have had good luck with both.

edit: I just decided to try out both. The rubbing alcohol works best removing sharpie. So that would be my choice.

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 16:25      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Try rubbing alchohol.

oops, beaten to it. [Wink]

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 17:20      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Lemon juice or orange-scented all-purpose Windex will remove Sharpie ink. Just don't use all-purpose Windex on painted surfaces--it works great as a paint-stripper! (Washed the walls in my room at college with orange-scented all-purpose Windex before painting them and discovered the paper just peeled right off after the Windex soaked through. Made the paint-stripping job so much easier!)

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 17:41      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hydrogen peroxyde usually works great to remove stain without damaging a surface. But watch out!

(Although it can do nothing if the ink was fixed by another substance - I had a dress I had marked with "ereasable" ink, but my after a while, it didn't come off. My aunt tried many things on one sleeve; then I tried H2O2: it worked wonder on the sleeve she left alone, but the one she tried to clean remained stained. Too bad; I really wish I could wear that one.)

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 18:57      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Shroom beat me to it.

Pure ethanol or methanol would also get the job done. So does chloroform.

Repeated freeze-thaws in liquid nitrogen will wipe out red sharpie ink. Doesn't seem to work with black though.

Edit: chloroform will probably destroy your study table as well as any other plastic it comes into contact with, so that might not be such a good idea after all.

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The Famous Druid

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Vinegar sometimes works, depends on the ink.

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 20:08      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It used to be that hairspray would remove ball-point pen ink and King syrup would get rid of grass stains. The former doesn't work so well anymore 'cause of changes in the chemical makeups of both products.

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