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.
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?
My sister drew a picture on my wall. It has a thick texture almost like sandpaper. How do I get it off?
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.
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
Before painting try a regular pencil eraser. The kind that we're all familiar with that are the pink color block type not attached to a pencil. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but it's worth the try ;-)
Try spraying the ink with hairspray. This has worked for me some times! HTH Mary Lou
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works.
To get markers off walls I use toothpaste, it sounds weird but it works. Not sure about pen.
How I can clean blue ball point ink stains from my light grey paint?
By Mehmud from Grenoble, France
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.
I need an idea for taking ink off of painted walls.
By Theresa from KY
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?
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)
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.
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)
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)
Pen needs an alcohol based remover. Maybe you could just try rubbing alcohol before the fumier stuff? (05/01/2006)
Try an acetone based nail polish remover. It works like a charm. (08/05/2007)
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)
I tried nail polish remover, which took the pen off, but it also took the paint off the wall. (02/26/2008)
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)
Thanks for the help. Rub with baking soda, get Pantene Pro-V style classic hairspray. It really worked. (07/10/2008)
Hairspray melts the pen mark away like magic, but it also melts the paint too. (09/01/2008)
I used Mr Clean Extra Power wipes, took a little elbow grease, but worked like a charm. (11/08/2008)
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)
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
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)