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Removing Permanent Marker From Vinyl

Permanent marker can be difficult, but not impossible to remove from many surfaces. This is a guide about removing permanent marker from vinyl.

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July 20, 2006 Flag
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How can I clean permanent marker off vinyl siding on a mobile home?

Vee from Carencro, LA

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July 21, 20061 found this helpful
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You can try getting a little bottle of enamel thinner made by "Testors". I used to by it at a hobby store. It comes in little 1/4 ounce glass bottles. During the Xmas holiday I work at the mall personalizing ornaments and we use permanent marker on resin ornaments and the "only" thing that would remove the permanent maker is the enamel thinner..."not" alcohol.. and "not" nail polish remover. The thinner should work :)

Kim

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July 22, 20060 found this helpful
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Isopropyl alcohol should do it. Always works for me.

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April 19, 20080 found this helpful
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Hi, I tried several suggestions posted here to remove permanent marker from my vinyl siding (put on courtesy of neighborhood hoodlums). The Isopropyl alcohol did nothing at all. Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser helped but would take a long time and a lot of effort. Nail polish remover took it right off - easy - no work required. I recommend nail polish remover.

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November 7, 20100 found this helpful
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Stop stop STOP. Using alcohol and abrasives are the absolute WORST way to remove permanent marker from vinyl. This bad advice needs to be stamped out all over the internet.

A far superior way: 1. Get a dry-erase marker and write over the permanent marker. 2: Get a damp cloth. 3: Wipe it away. 4: Repeat as needed.

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November 4, 2015 Flag
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I was able to remove Sharpie permanent marker from faux leather using WD-40. It came off super easy and didn't damage the finish. Good luck.

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    October 22, 2013 Flag
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    A little girl wrote all over my inflatable vinyl bounce house with a black permanent marker and I cannot get it off. I have tried many products, but nothing helps at all. What can I do?

    By Rex

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    October 27, 20130 found this helpful

    Use straight rubbing alcohol.

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    August 3, 2011 Flag
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    I have permanent marker on a vinyl billfold, can you help?

    By Grace from Greenville, S.C.

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    August 7, 20110 found this helpful

    Rubbing alcohol is great for removing permanent marker from items. Would do a patch test to make sure it wont damage the billfold.

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    August 11, 20110 found this helpful

    What works awesome on naughty markers LOL is Brake Klean from the auto parts store. :)

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    August 9, 2010 Flag
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    How do I remove permanent marker from the plastic slip cover on a binder?

    By shabba2795 from AL

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    August 12, 20100 found this helpful

    Most of the time permanent marker can't be removed from things; that is why it is called permanent. However, on some surfaces, you can clean it off with an abrasive cleanser or maybe magic eraser. You might also try something like WD40 or alcohol.

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    February 2, 2005 Flag
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    I have permanent marker on my tan, vinyl couch. I have tried everything under the sun to remove this artwork.I have tried Oops, goofoff, WD-40, magic eraser, 409, Soft Scrub, OxyClean, Lava Soap and rubbing alcohol.

    Any more ideas? Help.

    Thanks,
    Julie

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    February 21, 20080 found this helpful

    You could also try the magic eraser.

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    April 19, 20080 found this helpful

    I just used the most awesome stuff to take permanent marker off a vinyl folding chair! It's called Goof Off - the Ultimate Remover and is available at Home Depot, Lowe's and most paint stores for about 5.00 a can. It took the marker off without any scrubbing or damage to the chair - good as new!

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    September 21, 20080 found this helpful

    Be careful. I tried the coppertone sport sunblock spray as many recommended to remove sharpie marker from my leather car seats. It removed some of the marker but also took off some of the finish on my leather so now I have sharpie marker plus a dull spot. Do not rub too much as I was being gentle and it still took the finish off of my seats. I will have too look for a leather repair person and see if this can be fixed.

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    November 26, 20130 found this helpful

    Butter! Really did work. My granddaughter used a silver permanent marker on my new brown leather/vinyl couch seat. I was going to try the stuff that was suggested but it all sounded harsh. The one that sounded the most absurd worked. Butter took it all off, and it doesn't hurt the fabric.

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