Permanent Marker On Rubber?

I have a pair of new shoes with rubber non-skid soles. Bought them onsale, price on bottom of sole in permanent black marker. Have tried alcohol, both rubbing and denatured, Dawn, little pad soaked in oxy-clean, fingernail polish remover, etc. Problem is, I sit with my leg crossed lots of time when wearing casual clothes and shoes such as this, don't want the price "glaring". LOL.



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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

The only thing I have found to take out permanent marker is a product called "oops!". I don't know if it can be used on rubber or not. If not, you could just take a black permanent marker and draw a big circle or square over the price - or make a stripe all the way across the bottom - who knows- maybe folks will think it's a fancy new shoe marking!! Good Luck!

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January 25, 20170 found this helpful

hahaha yeah a new fashion!!!!

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March 20, 20170 found this helpful

Why offer a non-valid solution, if you haven't tried it on a rubber surface?

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful


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March 18, 20200 found this helpful

Why not. Maybe the reply is intuitive enough it would work.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried an eraser or even Mr Clean Magic Eraser?

You'd be amazed what you can rub off with a regular white or pink eraser.


You could also call that store and tell them what a stupid practice it is to mark their prices that way!

Good luck

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

Try using the finest grade sandpaper and rub very gently.

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By Jill (Guest Post)
January 31, 20050 found this helpful

It should come off with "goof off", similar to "oops". It does remove magic marker from most anything.

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March 21, 20181 found this helpful

I have tried everything that has been suggested to no avail. So I guess I will just use the permanent marker and do what someone suggested and draw a star or something on them. Still have more posts to read.

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November 2, 20180 found this helpful

Put some non skid pads on the bottom of shoes!

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By jmouse13 (Guest Post)
February 1, 20051 found this helpful

If you can'y get the price removed then take some markers and color the soles in different colors. Make bugs, butterflys, flowers or ect. Get creative. Joy @

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February 2, 20050 found this helpful

Hi, Thank you for all the feedback. I tried a paste of oxiclean, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, tilex, Undo, ammonia, finally propped the one shoe with just that particular sole area into the lid( using it like a saucer) from the oxyclean container and poured full strength Clorox into it allowing the rubber to sit and sit and sit...LOL. No luck, was lighter though! All the above tries were not combined, they were separate efforts. Anyway it did after overnight in the clorox get lighter.very faint, so I took some tan paste shoe polish and applied it and buffed it out!


Didn't like the put them in a donate box. It was my first purchase at that store after reading they have great sales, it will be my last. I will stick with Dillards, Parisian and SOF from now on! Carol ( P.S> tried rubbing with steel wool, and also used coarse large fingernail file. This marker had penetrated the rubber so deeply it was not a surface problem). P.S. Store was TJ Maxx

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November 9, 20170 found this helpful

im having the same problem. its no longer surface. i tried almost everything and when the light shines on it you can still see what was written. i dont want obvious buff marks on the brand new unmarked soles.

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By matt (Guest Post)
March 17, 20060 found this helpful

WD-40 works. you know the stuff you use to lubricate engine parts? yeah. that stuff is great for getting off permanent marker

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By kenny jae (Guest Post)
November 10, 20060 found this helpful

are these products..["oops"] available in australia?

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By Amy (Guest Post)
October 9, 20070 found this helpful

OMG...I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my rubber soles and voila! Awesome! Thx!

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By laura limon (Guest Post)
November 6, 20070 found this helpful

I tried sandpaper on the soles, and voila! it worked! Thanks!

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By :] (Guest Post)
August 27, 20080 found this helpful

The same thing happened to me today, so I bought a new pair. Thanks, I now know how to get it off.

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By Paula (Guest Post)
September 3, 20080 found this helpful

Take the shoes back to TJ MaXX. They have a very liberal return policy. 30 days with receipt or store credit. I have returned many things, with no questions or problems. I don't work for the store.


I am just a very loyal customer. It is one store that has never done me wrong. back to the problem. I have had the same ordeal. I have tried all of the above. Elbow grease is the best, or just return!

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

Use a paraffin

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January 27, 20190 found this helpful

what is a parrafin?

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January 31, 20190 found this helpful

It's a wax that is often used in chocolate candy recipes to make them more firm. In the past, it was used for sealing homemade jelly jars but that is not encouraged anymore because it doesn't necessarily make a good enough seal to exclude bacterial growth.


Here is a Wikipedia entry on it.

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April 10, 20170 found this helpful

If it's on shoes, just use hand sanitizer and a tissue.

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