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How to Remove Permanent Marker From Metal

09th Mar 2023

Permanent markers can be one of the toughest stains to eliminate due to their tendency to adhere permanently or overtime to various surfaces.

However, there are several stain-removing agents and household items that can be used to eliminate permanent marker stains on metal. Many of these products also work great for other delicate surfaces.

  • Rubbing alcohol

If you’ve made a mistake and written on metal with a permanent marker, it may be time to clean up. It’s not hard, but you’ll need several products in order to do so.

Rubbing alcohol is an effective solution for removing markers from metal surfaces. The alcohol will liquefy the ink, making it simpler to wipe away.

If you’re uncertain of the type of alcohol your rubbing alcohol contains, look at its label. It could be isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or a mixture of both.

Many households keep bottles of rubbing alcohol on hand for first aid and wound sterilization. It can also be used to disinfect items like thermometers and scissors; however, be aware that excessive consumption could prove hazardous.

  • Hairspray

Hairspray is another effective solution for taking away permanent markers from metal surfaces. This chemical-laden spray helps break down the chemicals responsible for the stain, helping you get rid of it once and for all.

After several sprays and blots, your metal should be free of the permanent marker. You may need to repeat this process several times before you completely eradicate the mark.

Hairspray can also be effective at eliminating permanent marker stains from cotton and wool fabric, but be sure to use an oil-free product as otherwise, the stain may penetrate deeper into the fabric.

  • Nail polish remover

Nail polish remover is an effective solution for taking away permanent markers from metal since it contains acetone, an effective solvent that can break down the markers.

To use this product, pour some into a bowl and submerge either cloth or cotton pads in it. This will create an effective lather and scrub away marker stains with ease.

Nail polish remover is the ideal tool for getting the job done without damaging the surface you’re working on. It offers a safe and simple alternative to harsh chemicals like WD-40. Not only does it take away Sharpie markers from any surface, but you can also use it on dry-erase markers and other smudges if you read the label carefully. But be sure to read all instructions prior to use!

  • Dishwashing liquid

Dishwashing liquid is a commonly-used cleaning product that can help erase permanent marker marks. It breaks down the components of most permanent markers so they can be easily washed away with water or soap.

However, excessive usage and failure to rinse away immediately after application can damage the metal. Therefore, testing first on a hidden part of an appliance before applying it directly is highly recommended.

Here is a video on how to remove permanent markers, i hope it will help you.

Kaywin is a leading manufacturer of drawing materials and coloring pens. They specialize in eight series of products such as watercolor pens, roller pens, brush pens, highlighter pens, blink pens, marking pens, and whiteboard pens. As an integrated production, sales, and scientific research enterprise that produces quality goods, Kaywin has been recognized by China’s State-Level High-Tech Enterprise designation.