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« on: September 07, 2005 01:28:16 PM »

I've been lurking on the forum for awhile and haven't been inspired to post until the poster putty (blue) i've put on my wall doesn't seem to want to remove.  and when i tried some goo be gone, it's left unsightly spots.  I live in an apartment, and will have to pay for repainting if I can't find another remedy. Does anyone have suggestions?  Thanks so much...
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2005 01:32:03 PM »

Did you try washing it with like dishsoap and water?  Could you just paint that spot so you don't have to pay for repainting?  This reminds me of when my college roommate decided to write on the wall with pen...on move out day I was 'painting' over it with white out so we wouldn't get charged.

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2005 01:34:43 PM »

On the directions for my poster putty is says to use a ball of the putty to remove the bit left on the wall. You kind of roll it along, but make sure you don't handle it too much b/c if it's warm it gets kind of sticky  Tongue Hey... how about using an ice cube to see if you can cool it enough to get it to roll/peel off the wall?

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2005 01:37:55 PM »

Haha, yeah I tried rolling with the ball, and it just... sticks!  I'm scared to try anything drastic and adding anything to the wall.  If you put ice on it, would it negate the adhesive factor?  I'll still try it nonetheless.  thanks!
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2005 01:40:10 PM »

Is your wall textured by chance?  I've always had a hard time getting it off rough walls. 
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no, it's flat latex.  it's been recently painted though, which may be a factor. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2005 01:46:02 PM »

you might try going the other way and steam it soft! use an iron on stream setting. but be careful cuz the paint may start peeling too! 

maybe a hot, damp cloth?

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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2005 07:30:10 PM »

hey there - I know the putty/spots you're talking about, and they are not fun to get rid of.  I know a few techniques that MIGHT help, but I can't assure anything.

One way to remove the putty is with Rubber Cement.  Paint some over the spot, and then pull when it's try.  It will usually take the putty with it.  Now, you're left with the spot.  Basically, you want to try to dry up the oil that's been left by the putty, so you need something that will absorb it.  You might try:
a paste made of baking soda and a bit of water,
same paste, but using talc instead of baking soda,

In each case, paint it on, allow it to dry thoroughly, and then brush off.  It may not pull ALL of the putty off the walls, but if you reapply, it eventually comes out.  Keep in mind that if the paint job originally wasn't very good, then you could risk harming the paint, so you're back where you started.  Just try one spot first with the baking soda and water and see how that works.

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005 08:22:27 PM »

Great, Thanks so much!! I'll definitely try those suggestions.  Here's to hoping something works.
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2005 01:31:00 AM »

You can try eucalyptus oil to remove the marks.

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