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Old 08-18-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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Our granddaughter wrote on a computer LCD screen with a permanent marker pen. Any suggestions on trying to remove it? (Cautious soul that I am, I have not tried anything on it yet.)
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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Oh dear! I did a search for "remove permanent marker from plastic" and most people suggest acetone (found in nail polish.) Try a tiny spot of the stuff in a corner of the screen first, and rub it gently for a bit to make sure it doesn't dissolve the screen coating.

Our daughter no 1, when she was a toddler, daubed a whole bottle of Tippex over all the keys of my oh-so-expensive-Christ-it-costs-more-than-our-flat video editing controller. Iso-propanol did the trick nicely, but it took me three days.

   
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I know alcohol removes most permanent marker ink--I use it all the time for that purpose. Try isopropanol (rubbing alcohol), or methanol (wood alcohol), maybe even ethanol (vodka?). I'd be a little more leery of acetone, knowing how well it dissolves some plastics. Like Robin says, whatever you use try it on a small corner first.

   
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I know alcohol removes most permanent marker ink--I use it all the time for that purpose. Try isopropanol (rubbing alcohol), or methanol (wood alcohol), maybe even ethanol (vodka?). I'd be a little more leery of acetone, knowing how well it dissolves some plastics. Like Robin says, whatever you use try it on a small corner first.
And be careful of drugstore products — I believe most rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover, for example, contain some oily stuff that probably won’t help this task.

   
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I think I've seen alcohol in screen cleaning product. My recollection of acetone is it dulls the surface.

   
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> My recollection of acetone is it dulls the surface.

Might be just the thing for those new hyperglossy Mac screens, eh?

   
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Have you tried white out?

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Have you tried white out?

No joy. All the kewl Mac sites have black backgrounds.

On the bright (er .. dark?) side, that makes it harder to spot the marker trails.

   
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> My recollection of acetone is it dulls the surface.

Might be just the thing for those new hyperglossy Mac screens, eh?
Ooh, then we wouldn't need the Photoshop blur feature.

   
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Ooh, then we wouldn't need the Photoshop blur feature.
Thus killing two birds with one acetone.

   
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