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How to remove Sharpie from a painted wall?

Oh boy, finding Sharpie marks on your painted walls can feel like spotting a raincloud on a sunny day. But don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few tricks you can try to make those marks history, without the need for a repaint. Here's how to tackle that rogue Sharpie art:


How to remove Sharpie from a painted wall?

How to remove Sharpie from a painted wall?


1. Rubbing Alcohol

  • Tools Needed: Cotton balls or a soft cloth, and rubbing alcohol.

  • Method: Dab a bit of rubbing alcohol onto the cotton ball or cloth. Gently blot the Sharpie mark. You might need to do this a few times, depending on the stubbornness of the mark. Be careful not to rub too hard to avoid damaging the paint finish.


2. Magic Eraser

  • Precaution: Test in an inconspicuous area first, as Magic Erasers can sometimes remove or dull the paint.

  • Method: Moisten the Magic Eraser slightly and gently rub over the Sharpie mark. The micro-abrasive material can lift the ink off the wall, but it's akin to very fine sandpaper, so use it sparingly.


3. Toothpaste (Non-gel)

  • Tools Needed: A soft toothbrush or cloth and white, non-gel toothpaste.

  • Method: Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the brush or cloth. Gently scrub the Sharpie mark in a circular motion. Rinse the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue.


4. Baking Soda Paste

  • Mix: A baking soda paste using baking soda and water.

  • Method: Apply the paste to the mark and gently rub with a soft cloth. Baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, which can help lift the ink without damaging the paint too much. Wipe clean with a damp cloth afterward.


5. Nail Polish Remover (Acetone)

  • Caution: Like with the Magic Eraser, test this in an inconspicuous area first. Acetone can sometimes strip paint.

  • Method: Apply a small amount on a cotton ball or cloth and dab at the Sharpie mark. Use sparingly and gently to minimize the risk of removing the paint.


Tips for Success:

  • Test First: Always test your cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the wall to ensure it doesn't damage or remove the paint.

  • Gentle Touch: Use a soft touch to avoid wearing down the paint finish. It's better to repeat a gentle cleaning process a few times than to damage the paint with aggressive scrubbing.

  • Rinse and Dry: After removing the mark, gently wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any cleaning residue. Dry with a soft towel.


If none of these methods work, or if the paint gets damaged in the process, you might need to touch up the area with a bit of matching paint. For those moments when a DIY solution just doesn't cut it, remember that MGM Color Solutions has your back. Our team of experts can help you tackle any paint-related challenges, ensuring your walls look their best.

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