How to Get Permanent Marker Off a CD


Care of compact discs can be a delicate matter. There is a chance of scratching this sensitive media, making the contents unusable. Removing permanent marker from any surface seems to be tricky, especially from these discs. If approached cautiously, it is possible to remove these stubborn permanent markers from CDs.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton Balls
  • Hand Towel
  • Rubbing alcohol, fingernail polish remover, liquid hand sanitizer or WD-40
  • Hold the disc with your fingers along the edges, taking care not to touch the media area. Moisten the permanent marker stain with a slightly damp cotton ball, allowing the moisture to soak in for a couple minutes. This will soften the mark, making it easier to remove.

  • Dry the area lightly with a hand towel before proceeding. You don’t want excessive moisture on the CD, which could ruin the contents.

  • Moisten another cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, fingernail polish remover, liquid hand sanitizer or WD-40. Gently but firmly rub the affected area in a small, circular motion. Use several clean cotton balls if necessary, as you do not want to rub the marker ink back into the CD.

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