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Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a CD or DVD

Removing permanent ink from a CD or DVD can be difficult. When removing the ink you need to be careful to not damage the disc. This is a guide about removing Sharpie from a CD or DVD.


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January 25, 2014

Use hand gel! Put a little on the disc and wipe away. Easy.

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

Blue moon beer work perfectly you'd be surprised

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October 29, 2010

How do I remove Sharpie permanent marker off of a CD?

By fate from Las Vegas

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November 1, 20100 found this helpful

Try using a Magic Eraser, by Mr.Clean. I work in an elementary school and use this product on everything! Green product because it has NO chemicals and leaves no residue. We use it on desks, whiteboards and for removing pencil, pen ink and marker from everywhere.

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November 2, 20100 found this helpful

Isopropyl alcohol on a soft cloth or cotton ball. If it's on the body of the CD and not the label portion, the CD might be permanently damaged from the ink though. :-(

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

Just use regular rubbing alcohol and a tissue or soft cloth.

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful

Ink will usually come off with a little rubbing alcohol.

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May 31, 20140 found this helpful

I need to do this all the time at the lab and the easiest and safest way is to use household rubbing alcohol. This even works with Industrial Sharpies, although you'll have to do some soaking and rubbing. Simply soak a paper towel with alcohol and then cover the ink and press lightly. Wait a minute or so and then immediately take a dry clean towel to rub and dry the area. Repeat if necessary. Don't let the dirty alcohol dry or the ink you just dissolved will spread on the CD. Soak up the dirty alcohol immediately.

Do NOT use harsh solvents like mineral spirits or nail polish remover. They'll remove the ink but will also dissolve your CD (and many plastics).

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January 12, 20160 found this helpful

Use Cutex nail polish remover. Perhaps another make of nail polish remover will work, but can only confirm for Cutex

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Worked exactly as you said it would. I really appreciate your taking time to post this information. You just saved me $49 as a result of your great information and my being able to reuse these disks. You're great!!!

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

Try adding WD-40. Works for almost anything!

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

If that doesn't work, Try WD-40 but even better Rubbing alchohol!

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October 29, 2010 Flag

How do I clean permanent marker off of a CD?

By linbos999 from West Point, MS


Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, fingernail polish remover, or strong perfume/cologne is what I use. Sanitizer works really well and is gelled so it doesn't make a big mess. Anything with alcohol will work. (09/08/2009)

By Becca25

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

I was at a flea market one time and I watched a guy spray "Static Stop" on something that was marked with a permanent marker, wipe it, and it came right off. It was like a miracle. Worth a try. (09/09/2009)

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September 7, 2009 Flag

The other day we were putting pictures on a CD from my computer and my daughter accidentally mislabeled two of the CDs. She was using permanent marker. Is there anyway we can erase the label on the CD in order to label it right?

Arlene from Janesville


Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Most permanent marker can be removed with isopropyl alcohol. (07/10/2008)

By Cindy

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

I just this minute tried an idea. It worked. White Spirit. On a small cotton ball and a bit of elbow grease.
I had the CD on a cloth to stop any scratches. The wiped any surplus spirit off with the cloth afterward.
Wait for it to dry then rename your CDs. Thank you for prompting me to do this, now I can rename some of my CDs too.

Monique (07/10/2008)

By Monique63

RE: Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Regular permanent markers and solvents can damage your CDs and DVDs. This damage will defeat the purpose of the CDs for storing valuable information or photos. You should always use CD markers made specifically for labeling CDs and DVDs. I am skeptical that the permanent ink these markers contain is different from other permanent markers, but for under $5 for a set of markers why take the chance of ruining the storage life of valuable CDs? (07/10/2008)

By kidsNclutter

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

You can't remove the marker from the CD. I would just get a CD labeler and make your own cover for it. (07/11/2008)

By Joyce WI

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

This will help you. Spray a little "OFF" Deep Woods (unscented is nice) on to a paper towel and wipe where the Permanent Marker is on the CD. Off comes the Permanent Marker.
Joycen. (08/16/2008)

By joycen

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Another method that works very well is mixing Purell and GooGone together. Then wet a tissue or two with it and rubbing the CD makes it come right off. (08/07/2009)

By jamesmhobson

Removing Permanent Marker from a CD

Try rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover they both work. (08/07/2009)

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