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Topic: Removing paint and Sharpie with home methods instead of paint stripper?  (Read 1895 times)
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« on: October 06, 2010 01:40:02 PM »

Hello all Smiley So I have a wall in my room that had sharpie on it (a good deal; people wrote phrases and drew pictures) and it was then painted over. Yes. I realize that it doesn't cover because the latex doesn't adhere to oil-based markers. >.<

So I was wondering if any of you had luck with home-methods of removing sharpie, such as nail polish remover or hand sanitizer. I really don't want to buy paint stripper as my dad will be PISSED if he finds out.

If this can't be done (I'd do trial and error right now but we're out of remover!) is there such thing as oil-based wall paint, and if so, where can I get it? How does its price compare to normal paint?

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010 02:52:22 PM »

I would love to know how to do this too. Someone defaced our lneighborhood playground with nasty sharpie comments, and I'll like to clean them off, but can't figure out a way to get the sharpie off.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010 02:57:38 PM »

have you considered surgical spirit? i know you can use it to make sharpies bleed for a tie-dye effect, fairly sure you could use it to clean up paintwork etc that's been vandalised, not sure how it'd work on the wall that's been re-painted though
nail polish remover should also work, so long as it's active ingredient is acetone (i know some are now acetone free so be sure and check)
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2010 11:26:23 AM »

I've read that you can put shalack over the area and this will prevent bleeding into the next layer of paint.

« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2010 09:00:30 AM »

if you are just going to be painting over it, use a good primer first, and that should cover it up for your final coat...  there are some that are specially formulated to cover up hard to cover things
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 01:11:25 PM »

I've gotten sharpie marker off of wood with a Magic Eraser. I don't know if that would work with walls though. You may have to primer it. You can get Kilz primer at any hardware store, it cover's pretty much everything and comes in oil based and latex.
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011 01:38:58 PM »

I can say from personal experience that a primer is never enough. It bleeds through many layers of primmer and paint. I even put plaster over the marker and still had problems with the marker, but, placing a layer of shallack over the marker creates a barrier that stops the bleeding into the next layer of paint or plaster. I wish I had found that out when I was trying to get it off my own walls years ago. We resorted to stipper and scraping which damaged the walls. That we had to reapply plaster into the gullies to have smoother surfaces.
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