How do I remove ball point ink from paper?
By Lonnie from SC
I work as a professional librarian and do book repair and cleaning on a regular basis. I recommend using a Magic Rub eraser which can be purchased at art supply stores, Office Depot, and Office Max. Office Depot.com has them priced at 89 cents. Don't use the pink pearl erasers, as they will only cause it to smear.
I am aware that Rain-x is suppose to work on removing ink from paper but will it remove the color of the paper also? My paper is a bluish thick paper,very old also.
Removing ink from a printed document is very easy using Rain-X windshield protector. Just put a little of Rain-X on a Q-tip, dab on your document, and watch the ink vanish before your eyes. Have a paper underneath for over wetness and just let air dry.
By shark from Commerce, CA
I hope this doesn't work on checks or other items that could be altered! (02/22/2011)
Shark, maybe this is a weird question, but why in the world would anyone want to remove some of the ink, whether it's the print ink or the pen ink (even pen ink notes or scribbles), from a printed "document"? Sorry to be so skeptical, but sounds like a rather "fishy" (name pun intended) thing to do. (02/23/2011)
No harm intended here, but I can't agree more with Deeli. I know hairspray gets ink out of clothing and off painted walls, but I can't think of a good reason for wanting/needing ink off of paper. IMHO, that's what LiquidPaper® is for. (02/24/2011)
Deeli and ladybanksia99, I'm in agreement with you both. I wanted to add more but thought better.
That hint could give bad people good ideas.
I have a piece of a old paper that was written on 3 years ago with blue ballpoint pen. How can I remove this ink from the paper without removing the original quality of paper?
I received a letter and the person scribbled with ball point pen over the address and I need to reply. How do I remove the ink to read?
Well if you remove the scribbled ink, you're going to be removing the ink below it, too. Maybe the person didn't want you to reply because they scribbled on it? Probably the best thing to do is a thorough Google search about damaged paper restoration on sites that teach how to remove damage from books, etc. or see if you can find a local book restoration in your area. You could also try local stationary stores and see if they have any ideas of how or where. Hope this is of help. (10/13/2009)
Could you look up the name online in the whitepages.com? They will give you a whole address, but you need to know what town the person lives in. (10/14/2009)