How to Remove a Paint Marker


Paint markers can be a fun and easy way to decorate shirts and other fabrics, as well as a great tool to use for other art projects. If you accidentally get paint marker on a surface unintentionally, the mark doesn't have to be permanent. Removing paint marker can be accomplished in just a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Moisten a washcloth or paper towel with nail polish remover.

  • Gently blot the stain with the wet cloth to remove the stain. Blot the area rather than wiping so you do not spread the stain rather than remove it.

  • Repeat steps one and two with denatured alcohol for tougher stains on cloth, such as clothing or carpet. Use paint thinner for tougher stains on metal surfaces.

  • Use an aerosol hairspray on small paint marker stains. Moisten the stain with hairspray and then blot the area with a dry cloth while the stain is still wet with hairspray.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do a "test run" on a small area of hidden area of fabric or carpet before treating the entire stain to ensure the treatment will not ruin the fabric.

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