Permanent Marker on Rubber

How can I remove a black permanent ink stain from rubber shoe soles?

Mary from Bham, AL

October 10, 20060 found this helpful

If its on the bottom, it will wear off. otherwise, permanent usually means permanent.

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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

I agree. I have tried about 20 different "solutions" from various internet sites now, the stain being on the side of the shoe rather than the sole. While a few have dimmed the ink ever so slightly, the only thing that has helped a bit more has been using sandpaper. That smooths it out and makes it look different than the rougher surface of the sides, but helps. One thing I caution anyone to avoid is buying denatured alcohol. The smallest can in over $6 here, and it does nothing to help. I'm told if one can find rubbing alcohol like one has in the medicine chest, at over 90% active ingredient, that might help, but the most I can find is 70%. The sneakers are new from The Children's Place, but I only paid 99 cents at the thrift shop, and I've spent $10 trying to remove the price.

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