Dry Erase Marker on Walls?

My nephew drew all over the walls in our study with dry erase marker! I've tried Mr. Clean sponge and fingernail polish remover but everything also takes the paint off!


Does anyone know how to get dry erase marker off of painted walls without taking the paint off too?

Lori from LA

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July 30, 20050 found this helpful

I think I read once that you can "rewet" dry erase marker by writing back over it - then erase it??

Might be worth trying on a scrap of painted wood somewhere and then on the walls if it works

We used to use rubbing alcohol on the dry erase boards at work.

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By Tharon (Guest Post)
July 30, 20050 found this helpful

Try cheap hairspray. I know it will take permanent marker out of varnish and off walls.

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By Joandogs (Guest Post)
July 30, 20050 found this helpful

Get a spray bottle of Krud Kutter found at Lowes for about $5.79. Works on most everything without hurting the surface. Took off mold & mildew from the side of my home; also removed a spaghetti sauce stain that had been washed and dried on a white blouse.



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By Tina F. (Guest Post)
August 30, 20060 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol does remove the marker but it also damages the paint.
Hairspray did not work the mister clean dry eraser seems to work but takes a very long time.
Short of new paint anyone have any other idea? I have not tried crud kutter yet.

Editor's Note: My grandson did some artwork on my newly painted wall with a dry erase marker. I tried everything to get it off and figured I'd need to repaint it. I got a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it took it right off. It had been there for months.

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By Ashley T. (Guest Post)
September 2, 20070 found this helpful

My friend and I were just messing around one day and wrote all over my walls. I heard Windex works to get it off, but I haven't tried it yet.

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By George F. (Guest Post)
October 10, 20070 found this helpful

I have a cleaning business and have used just about everything you can think of. Magic eraser spheres it across the wall and does take it off along with the paint.

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By chaunn (Guest Post)
February 16, 20080 found this helpful

I just tried the spray that is used to clean dry erase boards and it took it right off the wall. If you spray it on a napkin first it didn't damage the paint, but spraying it directly on the wall did.


Hope that helps.

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By dmm (Guest Post)
March 22, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks to everyone! My children just drew on our walls and I used rubbing alcohol and the dry erase board cleaner. The rubbing alcohol worked better and faster -- if you use either, put it on a cloth to avoid taking the paint off.

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By KayGee (Guest Post)
November 3, 20080 found this helpful

The Mr.Clean Magic Eraser worked really well to get the dry erase marker off a wall that had been painted with high quality eggshell paint without any paint damage, but on another wall that had a cheaper paint (& the exact same dry erase marker), it required quite a bit of elbow grease to get it clean and it still wasn't perfect. So I guess it depends on the paint finish too.

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By tracey (Guest Post)
December 9, 20080 found this helpful

I just wanted to say that we bought a fixer upper and it was on the wall, we put the best primer over it and it beeds though. We sanded it off but wish we would have tried the alcohol first. Good luck!

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By Michelle H. (Guest Post)
February 13, 20090 found this helpful

I just caught my son drawing on the wall with a dry-erase marker he stole from my drawer. I used hairspray and the marks came off with a little rubbing.

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April 9, 20090 found this helpful

This thread has saved me hours of work! My toddler created quite the dry-erase masterpiece. I tried magic eraser (my favorite cleaning weapon of choice) but it was taking the paint off too (it's killz topcoat with a flat finish).


The rubbing alcohol worked like a charm! As a bonus, I have the wintergreen one, so now my house smells great! ps rubbing alcohol works beautifully on really grimy windows too :)

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May 30, 20100 found this helpful

The only thing I've found that will work on my walls without taking off the paint it classic sun laundry detergent- dry. Our walls are textured with flat white paint. We used regular sponges non scrubbing side got them wet and put the detergent on the sponge. This worked on all the marker and pencil marks that the kids put up. It didn't work on gel pen ink. I hope this helps anyone with expecially creative kids.


Oh and btw we got the sun detergent in a 1.5lbs box at the dollar store for you guessed it a dollar.

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for the advice on the using the magic eraser for dry erase marker on walls. It just so happened that I had one on hand. I work at a Dollar store and I had just purchased one the other day. Another great tip, that magic eraser also works for scuffs on white shoes, like magic!

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful

My daughter got a hold of everything that she could to write on the walls, including markers, eyeliner, other makeup, etc... while home with my husband or brother-in-law.


I tried Mr. Clean magic eraser (the strongest version besides outdoor) and it did remove some of the writings but not all. That is with a lot of scrubbing, and yes in some areas it removed the paint.

After reading several posts online I came across hairspray, alcohol, toothpaste, and comet. Both the hairspray and toothpaste did not work as well. I didn't have alcohol but decided to try foot soak (lol, what the heck). The foot soak worked well with what I had left of the magic eraser, but not so much alone.

I can't wait to try the comet next. Alcohol will be last. Rubbing alcohol just sounds too good to be true.

Smile. Thanks everyone for your posts.

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February 10, 20160 found this helpful

I used acetone and got it off quickly

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

My 2 yr old made a wonderful masterpiece on my hallway wall with dry erase marker. It has wallpaper on the bottom half. I used rubbing alcohol, detergent, fingernail polish remover, Windex, the marker board cleaner, comet, vinegar, clr, mean green, hair spray, upholstery cleaner, pledge multisurface, mr clean erasers, lysol wipes (which usually work on most things), peroxide, baby oil... nothing worked. It either smeared or caused wall damage. So I was already grasping at straws - so figured wth I found Prestone Bug and tar remover in the back of the cupboard. Found it at Napa originally to clean bugs off my car. Doesn't do crap for bugs but DID WONDERS FOR MY WALL. Even got the gum out of the carpet down the hall. It's a spray foam. I sprayed counted to 5 and wiped it off. No scrubbing and no wall damage to paint or wall paper. New favorite oops cleaner for marks. Prestone bug and tar remover <3

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January 20, 20200 found this helpful

My grandchildren came to visit this weekend. To the surprise of parents , the kids had taken dry magic markers and covered some of the wall with ART!! Red, black, green and a huge RED HEART. I researched all the advice and my first try worked!!!! Alcohol 70% and cotton balls. Wet the cotton balls one at a time and rub on a tiny area at a time and it all came off. I was shocked. It did take time. We have a beige wall so some paint came off. Then wipe off wall with cold wet rag. I was just so glad to see color come off Ill be glad to repaint wall.

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