By Christine 2
How can I remove permanent marker from car paint? I had some kid write on white car with black permanent marker. I would also like to make sure there is no shadow left behind.
November 22, 2010
I had my car parked outside over the weekend. Some kids (or so I hope) used multi color permanent markers all over the body door handles and glass of my car. That too with obscene text and drawings. I noticed it Monday morning. I was too embarrassed to even drive my car out. I went to Wal-mart and got a bunch of items. Nail polish remover, Dry erase cleaner, greased lightning, Mr magic eraser. Fortunately for me nail polish remover did the trick, didn't have to try the others.
Thank you all of you! This site rocks!
February 28, 2011
I came out of work today to find some idiot marked up my white Jeep Liberty with black marker! I was really disgusted. I came home, did a search and found this website. My husband tried the Mr. Clean Eraser and it all came off! Thank you to everyone who posted their suggestions!
March 20, 2014
We just had someone use a a red permanent marker on our brand new white Prius. The words were crude to say the least. I used nail polish remover and it came out immediately. I then washed off the area of the car with soap & water, rinsed thoroughly & dried with a soft cloth. No ghost & it looks brand new again:)
Someone put permanent Magic Marker on my white car. What can I use to remove it?
By Paul J
September 28, 2012
I've removed permanent marker from a tablecloth with rubbing alcohol. It took a few treatments. I don't know if it would work for the car. I've also heard that nail polish remover will remove permanent marker but I don't know if that would be safe for the car. Good luck.
Does anyone know how you remove permanent marker on the outside of your car? My car was tagged by kids with a permanent marker.
Hair spray often works. (04/19/2005)
Try Armour-all (sorry not a good speller) orange de-greaser wipes. (05/11/2005)
By Michelle from Tennessee
Gasoline worked wonders for me today. I started with lighter fluid, but the took a while. Gasoline worked great. I used it on my windows and on my front right quarter panel. Just make sure you rinse the area well after you're done to remove any gas.
Gasoline and its fumes are very flammable. Make sure you are very careful and no smoking or starting the vehicle until it has had time to dissipate. Be careful with the disposal of rags also. (11/16/2005)
By Joe </p
From what I remember, go over the permanent with an EXPO marker - the ones used for white boards then wipe off the marker as soon as you put it on... it should erase the permanent marker. (01/17/2006)
I just used WD-40 to remove black permanent marker from my red van. It worked very well. It took a little bit of elbow grease, but it was relatively easy to rub off the black marker after the WD-40 soaked in. I recommend it. (01/19/2006)
By Friend from Arizona
I use aerosol deodorant on my desk, works beautifully, you can actually see the pen mark coming off without even wiping it. So just try a squirt of lynx on the mark and wipe, you should be amazed
I tried gasoline, WD40, and hairspray. The hairspray worked the best. There were a couple of stubborn dark spots left (the car is white). I took a little Arm and Hammer mildly abrasive toothpaste and a cotton swab which worked fine on those (02/23/2006)
I just had this same problem and the responses here helped a lot. What I found that worked the best was to spray the spot with wd-40 and then spray it with car washing solution. This way it came right off. With the wd-40 by itself I was rubbing forever and the car washing solution by itself didn't take anything off at all. (03/06/2006)
Hairspray worked perfectly,thanks very much. you may have saved my local hoodlums from an arse kicking.
The dry erase marker worked for me. I have a very light blue colored car and it was tagged with a black sharpie. Write over it and it wipes off (04/24/2006)
Try the MrClean Magic Eraser. It's not super cheap but if it gets your marker off it will be worth the cost. It works great on pebbled surfaces as well, the ease of use makes it worth the $ for us. My local grocery store chain just came out with a cheaper store brand so check around your area. (08/15/2006)
I had a black marker written on my car (vandalism) and used the Mr. Clean eraser pad and it did come right off with very little elbow power. (09/29/2006)
I have a white car and the hairspray left some dark spots but it works fairly well. (10/03/2006)
Amazingly, a dry-erase marker will completely and instantly remove permanent marker from most hard surfaces, like counter tops, desk tops, furniture, cars, some high gloss painted walls, etc. (10/24/2006)
I just used a black dry erase marker to remove black permanent marker from my silver car and it totally works! there is a faint "shadow" where the permanent marker was, but that will buff or wax out. this method defies all logic, but i highly recommend it! use a cloth towel to gently rub the dry erase marker off because paper towels can be abrasive to the car finish. (10/28/2006)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser succeeded in removing most of the black color, leaving behind a shadow of the tag. I got rid of the shadow by rubbing WD-40 into it for 15-20 minutes with a soft cloth. I was skeptical starting this whole process, but there isn't a single mark left. This happened while I was away, so the tag may have been as new as 12 hours or as old as 3 days; it had no direct sun exposure and temp. was 40-50 degrees. (11/26/2006)
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I just wanted to thank everyone and the owners of this forum! Someone wrote on my car in black permanent marker. I filed a claim with my insurance company and went in for an appraisal of damage today. They said my door would need to be sanded and re-painted and the cost would be $360.
My deductible is $500 so nothing would be covered. I don't have that kind of money. So, I just went out right now and to my amazement hairspray completely took it off in minutes and didn't hurt my paint at all. You cannot even tell anything happened. This is wonderful! Thanks:) (01/08/2007)
By Rebecca B.
I just wanted to thank everyone for the information on removing permanent marker from car paint. I used the fingernail polish remover and rubbed with WD40, but still had a residue, so we put rubbing compound that did the trick. Completely gone. This may have been on there for a week and was in the sun at all times. So we are glad it is completely gone. (02/04/2007)
Randy use GOOF OFF, you can buy from home depot store and I am sure 99.99 percent it will remove the stains. (02/04/2007)
How can I remove permanent marker from car paint? I had some kid write on my white car with black permanent marker. I would also like to make sure there is no shadow left behind.
Christine from WVC, UT
I tried using a dry erase marker but found that spraying WD-40 on it first then dabbing nail polish remover on the rag and rubbing it off in little sections worked the best for me thank you for the suggestions.
By Christine (06/04/2007)
I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it! Someone tagged my green car with black permanent marker. It sat in the sun for a full day. I tried a regular eraser and it worked a bit, but with lots of scrubbing and residue. THEN, I tried the dry erase marker. I traced over the permanent ink with the dry erase marker, let it sit for 5 seconds, then rubbed it off with one swipe of a cloth towel. Amazing! (06/05/2007)
Methylated spirit on a cloth will rub it off easily, and not affect the paintwork underneath. (06/06/2007)
I had a silver rental car that got marked with a permanent marker. I used the dry erase marker technique suggested by A.I., wiped off with a napkin and it worked perfectly. It was a green Avery marks-a-lot whiteboard marker. Thanks very much for the recommendation. (06/07/2007)
Try a dry-erase marker FIRST! I was skeptical at first but it worked instantly and no elbow grease required!! (07/16/2007)
Thank you all indeed, my sky blue BMW was tagged with black Permanent Marker. After finding this site, I didn't look any further with so many consensus replies on the "Hairspray and Dry Eraser." I scribbled over the entire mess with dry eraser, a little at a time not in uniform pattern, and wiped away with hairspray, all gone. In some spots you may have to wait and go back over it, but it comes completely off with little muscle and time and NO damage to paint. Thank you all. (08/12/2007)
By Spice of Life
This works! I thought I was going to be out tons of money but then I found this forum. A little dry erase marker, hairspray, washcloth, and elbow grease was all it took. THANK YOU! (09/04/2007)
Wow! Thank you so much! When I went to leave for work today I found that some idiot had written on the front of my gray car in black permanent marker. I just tried using the Mr. Clean magic eraser thing and it worked effortlessly. I would have never thought of that. Thanks again. (10/09/2007)
If you want it to be EASY, grab a sponge and pour some NAIL POLISH REMOVER on the sponge, and wipe it gently or angrily, depending on how you feel, it will be like erasing writing on the white board. SO EASY! Nail Polish Remover is the master of all. (12/08/2007)
By Sexy Saechao
Wow! The dry erase marker really worked. I didn't have to scrub at all, and it took less than 5 min. (12/23/2007)
Thanks for the help. I used toothpaste and a magic eraser with soap and water to rinse and they came right off without harming the finish. (12/27/2007)
Thank you to members of this forum. I had black marker graffiti written over the paint of my white Mercedes. I'm waiting for temps. to rise a bit outside, but I'm going to give the dry erase method a try. (01/12/2008)
Tried WD-40 = After much rubbing, it made the test spot a little bit lighter.
Tried Greased Lightening = Sprayed onto marker area and before I had a chance to wipe it, the whole area looked factory new. Then I did a courtesy wipe, since I had the cloth in my hand. GREAT stuff. (01/12/2008)
By Dan Yeager
Thanks so much for this! Some awful people tagged something nasty on my SUV (I am a Mum - and driving around with that on it was horrendous!). I did a quick google and a dry eraser worked like a charm (my husband told me it wouldn't work!). Thank you, all you lovely people! (02/01/2008)
I had my silver BMW tagged on earlier this morning with what looked like a sharpie marker. I used nail polish remover and a soft cloth and it came off with little to no effort. Thanks to everyone on this website for the advice. (03/20/2008)
All it took was nail polish remover and a rag, and the marker came off easy. Thank you everyone! I was in a panic earlier. (05/16/2008)
We have a white van with a pearl finish. I used Acetone (nail polish remover) to remove the bulk of the permanent markings. Then Mr. Clean's Magic Sponge with toothpaste to rub away residue markings. Maybe 5 minutes of actual elbow grease. Worked like MAGIC! (06/06/2008)
By Fumed over vandals
My white VW van and one of my neighbor's VW vans has just been tagged with a thick marker pen. I used carb cleaner (alcohol in a can). It wiped off with ease and looks cleaner than before. I'm so happy it came off. (08/12/2008)
By Andy P
I found my car after half a day in the hot sun with writing on the hood and door. I tried the hairspray and it took some of the marker off, but then tried the Mr. Clean eraser. With a lot of scrubbing it all came off! Thanks to all for your help and tips! (08/15/2008)
I had permanent marker on the side of my Silver Honda. I used the dry erase marker, and then erased the remaining shadow with hairspray. Thanks for all the ideas! (08/24/2008)
I went out to my driveway this morning to find that my silver 1978 corvette had been tagged with a thick black permanent marker. As you can imagine, I was very mad. But I took carb cleaner to it and it wiped off without a problem. (09/03/2008)
Some little turd tagged my bright blue focus this morning with black permanent texta. Found this website. Used the magic eraser, took about 30 seconds and it's gone! Absolutely no trace it was ever there! Thanks heaps guys! (09/03/2008)
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After finding the tag, I went to the Honda Dealer recon area. The guy used shellac thinner to wipe off the tag then sprayed a solution, I think was an acrylic, over the spot. Looked normal again. Just remember karma works both ways. (09/20/2008)
I looked out my kitchen window and saw that someone had tagged my work truck (Comcast) which is white. I used nail polish remover and it came right off. Took less than 5 minutes. I would recommend this to anyone. Did not have any direct sunlight for a long period of time. It was done less than 8 hrs before I noticed it. "NAIL POLISH REMOVER." Who would have thought of that? Great idea! (10/24/2008)
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I purchased Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove permanent marker off my vehicle and it worked in less than ten minutes. Saved me from having to pay insurance deductible. I was a little skeptical but it did the job. I appreciate all the advice from this site. I didn't know what to do. (11/05/2008)
Careful with that nail polish remover folks, you could end up taking the paint off with it! I used Gumout carburetor cleaner. It took the Sharpie off in a jiffy with no damage. Just to be safe though, try it on an inconspicuous spot (like under the hood) first. (01/19/2009)
By Norm D.
Hairspray and elbow grease worked a treat. Thanks to all who left feedback. I thought I was going to die when I first saw the permanent marker that my 2 year old drew on the white car with. It's nice to know you can always find a fix on google. :o) (01/19/2009)
Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover worked to remove permanent marker off clear-coat finish. (01/24/2009)
I used rubbing compound and with a little elbow grease, it came right off. (02/09/2009)
Tagging. If I ever caught a punk doing this I'd wring his little neck. I wonder from reading this if the punks who tag are hired by the bandits who then want hundreds to repaint the car, when household products are sufficient.
My own favorite blend for getting marks off of auto paint: WD-40 and baking soda on a paper towel. (03/19/2009)
By Red Neck