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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl


How do I remove ink from a white vinyl chair? I have tried everything that I have read about or someone recommended and nothing has worked. Some areas of the ink have become lighter, but never gone. It is blue pen ink.

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By Annie 5 06/27/2010 Flag

Try turpentine and steel wool. Scrub gently and wipe clean. Do this a few times, then wipe clean with water. Worked for same problem I had, on bright orange vinyl and didn't strip the paint or anything.

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By Stacey 4 20 06/28/2010 Flag

Try a magic eraser sponge. I removed permenant marker from a dry erase board with it & nothing else would clean it off.

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03/17/2011 Flag

Nothing worked on my white chairs to remove ink, so I tried 'ACETONE' . It did the job very well, but you have to try on small area first as this is a solvent and may strip the paint. I rubbed very gently little by little and it worked. It seemed to remove bit of shine of the vinyl, but I used the 'Marveer' furniture polish to bring the shine back. I only used it on white vinyl and probably would be careful with the colour vinyl.

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My kid scribbled on the arm of my beige loveseat with permanent black marker about a month ago, then 2 weeks ago she set a pen on my sofa that exploded and left big blue blotches on the top and side of it.

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By Cajun 59 327 06/11/2011 Flag

Well, anything you attempt for removing the ink is sure to remove the color of the leather as well... you may want to try some Automotive Leather Cleaners but as you state, there are so much ink on the arms, top and side that you'd have to be better than a professional to complete the task without it being noticeable. Have you tried using some Saddle Soap?

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Try Goo Gone. I use it at home and work. (03/17/2009)

By kghsave

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Try white "non-gel" toothpaste. I used Crest on my cream colored couch and it took out all the ball point pen and permanent marker ink. (03/17/2009)

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I was able to remove permanent marker with Oreck stain cleaner several years ago. It wasn't especially cheap, but maybe worth it to save a car's interior. It may have been their Revelry cleaner, but check with the salesperson at the Oreck store to be sure. (03/18/2009)

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RE: Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Try dipping a cotton swab into nail polish remover and gently swiping over area (08/14/2009)

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I use Lysol disinfecting spray. Totally saturate the spot then swipe with a paper towel. (08/21/2009)

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Try hairspray. (02/03/2010)

By moravice

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