Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from Metal?

October 6, 2009

Permanent InkHow do you remove red Sharpie from a brass doorknob?

By Joshua from Mauldin, SC



October 6, 20092 found this helpful
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Alcohol or denatured alcohol should do it.

October 18, 20093 found this helpful
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I haven't tried it myself, but read recently that if you go over permanent marker with dry erase marker, then rub it off with the dry erase brush both marks will be removed. Good luck.

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January 25, 2015

How should I go about removing Sharpie from an old tin lunch box without removing the paint?

By trinityk


July 22, 20150 found this helpful

Just a suggestion try clean the marks off from the inside. Tin should be thin enough for the derutent hot water wax.


Which they use for cleaning spray paint off walls. Thanks for your hits and tips.

February 6, 20162 found this helpful

If you have any acetone or nail Polish remover it should work. Ithe worked for me

March 7, 20170 found this helpful

We found Ajax powder cleaner to work!

August 16, 20171 found this helpful

I looked her for advice to remove Sharpie pen on a beautiful metal flask. I tied Comet and a wet rag. Bam! Came off so easily! Thanks for the suggestion!


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August 17, 20173 found this helpful

If you draw over the sharpie with a dry erase marker it should wipe off.

September 25, 20170 found this helpful

Worked like a charm for the inside of a computer chasis too!

September 21, 20180 found this helpful

What did you mix the commet with? And what was the ratio?

February 13, 20190 found this helpful

The sharpie dry erase worked, thanks

June 19, 20190 found this helpful

That didn't work..

September 1, 20200 found this helpful

Brilliant! (nail polish remover)

May 10, 20220 found this helpful

Tried Comet on a galvanized bucket. DOESN'T WORK! Waste of time.

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April 14, 2017

I have permanent marker on metal bathroom stalls. How do I get it off?


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April 14, 20170 found this helpful

You can draw over it with a dry erase marker and use a rag to wipe off.


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April 15, 20171 found this helpful

I do the dry erase marker trick, too but sometimes when there's some left over, I will use wd-40 and a soft cloth

April 17, 20170 found this helpful

To remove sharpie from metal,you'd have to keep scrubbing soap and water on the sharpie mark until the mark fades away.I hoped this worked!!!

September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Oust air freshener will bring it off non-porous surfaces. My toddler covered the floors and coffee table with a sharpie.


My young son, in a panic because he had left the marker out, grabbed oust and up it came!

October 9, 20180 found this helpful

Some mean girl had written all over my Hermès belt buckle with Sharpie! Bar Keepers Friend (type of Ajax scrub) lifted it off!

December 17, 20180 found this helpful

THANK YOU!! the dry erase marker worked like a charm. alcohol and acetone didnt do it.

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September 23, 2019

How do I remove Sharpie marker from an aluminum ladder?


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September 23, 20190 found this helpful

Try a white cotton rag dipped in rubbing alcohol to buff it out.


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September 23, 20190 found this helpful

Write over it with a dry-erase marker. Then wipe off.


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September 24, 20190 found this helpful

Nail polish remover can do the trick!!


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September 24, 20190 found this helpful

I would use nail polish remover because it works great to remove sharpies for all kinds of surfaces.

December 10, 20190 found this helpful

I found that using tooth paste and a tooth brush made it fade and then I rubbed an eraser over it and it faded a lot more

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