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Removing Pen Ink from Walls

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Removing ink from walls needs to be done carefully so as not to damage the paint. This is a guide about removing pen ink from walls.
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By 0 found this helpful
December 21, 2015

I found pen ink on my walls and now I can't get rid of it! I've tried vinegar, but it doesn't work! Does anyone know how to fix this?

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August 26, 20160 found this helpful

warm water on sponge with mr.clean magic eraser

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October 21, 20161 found this helpful

Bug spray....you're welcome ;)

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Anonymous
October 22, 20160 found this helpful

It worked! Thanks!

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Anonymous
November 1, 20160 found this helpful

This works amazing if you get it right away!!

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Anonymous
December 7, 20160 found this helpful

It doesn't work!!!

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

What kind of bug spray?

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By 1 found this helpful
January 5, 2010

My 2 year old marked up all the walls in the apartment with pen and permanent marker. How do I remove it from flat painted walls?

By Ashley from WalledLake, MI

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works.

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March 6, 20151 found this helpful

To get markers off walls I use toothpaste, it sounds weird but it works. Not sure about pen.

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Anonymous
December 18, 20150 found this helpful

if u hear that vinegar gets pen off walls its true!!!

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Anonymous
September 19, 20160 found this helpful

My 2 year old did it I used Mr clean lemon bleach spray it came right off

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Anonymous
October 7, 20160 found this helpful

No the magic erase doesn't work. I have tried it

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February 12, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks, toothpaste removed blue biro mark from the walls!

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By 0 found this helpful
September 2, 2015

My sister drew a picture on my wall. It has a thick texture almost like sandpaper. How do I get it off?

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September 7, 20150 found this helpful

What you use will depend on what she wrote with -- jiffy marker, ballpoint ink, crayon, regular pencil. It also depends on the type of paint or wallpaper on the wall. I have had good luck in getting just about any marks off the wall with Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser, but it also takes the finish off of the paint. Mr. Clean full strength might work, or Dawn dishwashing liquid for regular pen or pencil,even crayon. Jiffy marker ink is more resistant.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

try dettol kitchen cleaner

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By 0 found this helpful
November 30, 2009

How I can clean blue ball point ink stains from my light grey paint?

By Mehmud from Grenoble, France

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November 30, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not sure that any cleaner will get it off the wall. You would need to prime that part of the wall before you repaint as well. The best primer to use would be Bin primer from Zinsser, it comes in spray cans or pint cans since you would just need a little bit.

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December 1, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried alcohol, shaving cream or hairspray (not all at the same time, but if one doesn't work, try the next, hairspray as a last resort)?

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Anonymous
January 19, 20160 found this helpful

DO NOT USE ALCOHOL ON PAINTED WALLS...PAINT COMES RIGHT OFF!!!

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July 12, 20160 found this helpful

Killz works best.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 24, 2010

I need an idea for taking ink off of painted walls.

By Theresa from KY

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

I get good results from Magic Eraser.This may not be exactly frugal but it is non abrasive and won't damage paint.

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Anonymous
July 11, 20160 found this helpful

We tried magic erase marker which worked but, be careful as if used excessively in the same area can ruin the paint.

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September 14, 20160 found this helpful

Dr tichenors mouthwash....no elbow grease needed and comes right off

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December 1, 20120 found this helpful

What gets Biro off walls please?

By Sue

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November 30, 20090 found this helpful

My kids took a ballpoint pen and wrote on the latex apartment wall. Magic Eraser and Goo Gone didn't get it of. I'd like to know if anyone has a suggestion or if I should just prime and paint the spots?

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Aileen

Answers:

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has gotten everything off our walls, including red crayon that I had previously not been able to get off. (07/05/2005)

By Mae

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Hairspray should work, but wash what you have used first off then any type can hairspray. Let the walls dry before you start. Spray on the wall and wipe easy with clean cloth do this several times and it should come off. We have used this for years.

Dgrams (07/05/2005)

By Dgrams

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Try WD-40. I think the "Queen of Clean" used that on the walls she needed to clean. Her book is full of good ideas. Used about 7 do far. (07/26/2005)

By Rose

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I am a big fan of the Magic Eraser, but the one thing it doesn't take off is pen marks on walls. I tried.

Editor's Note: I haven't tried it on ballpoint pen marks, but it worked well on dry erase marker that nothing else would take off. (05/01/2006)

By Lola

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Pen needs an alcohol based remover. Maybe you could just try rubbing alcohol before the fumier stuff? (05/01/2006)

By camo_angels

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Try an acetone based nail polish remover. It works like a charm. (08/05/2007)

By Jade

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I did not have hairspray or nail polish remover, but used the acetone idea. There is some in mosquito repellent. Thanks, Florida. Good luck to you guys with toddlers. (09/23/2007)

By Alex

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I tried nail polish remover, which took the pen off, but it also took the paint off the wall. (02/26/2008)

By Marie

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I used the hairspray idea and it worked like a charm. The second I sprayed the hairspray on the pen ink, the ink started running and all I had to do was wipe it and it was gone. Thanks you guys. (07/07/2008)

By

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Thanks for the help. Rub with baking soda, get Pantene Pro-V style classic hairspray. It really worked. (07/10/2008)

By lucky

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

Hairspray melts the pen mark away like magic, but it also melts the paint too. (09/01/2008)

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Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I used Mr Clean Extra Power wipes, took a little elbow grease, but worked like a charm. (11/08/2008)

By Raeann

Pen/Crayon on Wall

I have consistently tried hairspray on walls, and nothing happened. Trust me, use rubbing alcohol. It works wonders. You have to put a little elbow grease into it, but it gets pen and crayon off every time. (12/18/2008)

By Alex

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

I tried nail polish remover with a Qtip and it worked well. It did take some of the paint, but I was careful not to wipe after the pen came off. (02/08/2009)

By Tom from Charlotte

Ballpoint Pen on Wall

If you're going to paint the wall anyway, I've heard that if you cover the ink w/clear nail polish the primer and paint will adhere to the clear polish and "cover" the ink. But if you just paint the wall it could bleed through. Good luck, those days, for me are over. (04/07/2009)

By mom of towers

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May 27, 20170 found this helpful

The toothpaste really works , i use it to take out ink from the walls , i couldn't believe it, i have tried everything !!!!

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