How to Get Dry Erase Marker Off of Paint


Dry erase markers are designed to be used on a special type of glossy white board. The markings made from the dry erase pens on the white board are not permanent and can be removed simply by using a special eraser or rag. Dry erase markers and whiteboards are commonly used in schools, offices and homes. Thankfully, when markings occur on painted walls, there are a few tricks to getting the dry erase marks off before resorting to repainting.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Hairspray
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dry erase cleaner
  • Test in an inconspicuous spot on your painted wall. Before you try any of the following techniques, test in a spot that cannot be seen to see if any discoloring or chipping may occur. Let it dry completely before deciding if any damage was done.

  • Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Wet it and gently rub directly on the dry erase marks to remove them from the wall. Rinse with a wet rag.

  • Spray some cheap hairspray on the dry erase marks. Rub away with a clean, wet rag. Rinse with a wet rag when done.

  • Use rubbing alcohol. Put some rubbing alcohol on a rag and gently rub away. Rinse with a wet rag.

  • Use dry erase cleaner. There are cleaners you can buy to clean dry erase white boards. Spray this on the marks and wipe clean. Rinse with a wet rag when done.

Tips & Warnings

  • The glossier the paint finish, the easier it will be to clean the dry erase marks off.

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