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How to Erase Sharpie

Updated on January 21, 2011

Everyone's favorite marker

Every knows Sharpie markers, they are the reliable permanent markers that cannot be erased. Or can it?

This guide will help you erase sharpie from most non-absorbing surfaces, such as plastic, metal, glass, glossy paper, etc. If you got sharpie on something that absorbs easily, such as paper, cardboard, cloth, etc. then unfortunately it is unerasable because the fibers of the material have absorbed the ink.

The items you will need:

  • Item that has sharpie marks on it
  • Expo dry erase marker,
  • Acetone- Can be found in nail polish remover
  • Rubbing Alcohol - deodorant spray works too
  • Tissues/paper towel
  • Patience

The first step is to take the object and cover all the sharpie marks in the expo marker. So, go ahead and take your expo marker and draw OVER the sharpie. Let it sit for a couple seconds. Then, wipe the expo off with a tissue. The sharpie should come off along with the dry erase marker. Proceed to do this until the sharpie is very faint or unnoticeable.

If your sharpie marks are gone, congratulations! However, for some surfaces the expo will leave a faint sharpie mark. There are a few ways to get rid of this. One way is to soak a cotton ball or tissue in nail polish remover (not dripping wet) and rub the sharpie mark. This should work. Another method is to use rubbing alcohol or spray deodorant, and it should achieve the same effect.

That's it! The expo marker should help get rid of the sharpie marker marks, and your previously marked object will look as good as new!


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