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Sharpie on acrylic?

So....
My little siblings dropped by for a visit.
Or rather my mother dropped by and they came with her.
I failed to notice at the time that my youngest sister, who is by far old enough to know to never do anything like this, had drawn all over my 6.6 gallon with sharpies.
Its a nice drawing.... Has a tree and a hill. Sort of looks like she was planning out a scape... But I want it gone.
I can't get it gone though.
It wont come out no matter what I do.. Any ideas?
The green especially... That stuff wont even budge..


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Try some Aquanet

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First try rubbing alcohol, then paint thiner/solvent, then acetone if all else fails.


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Is she old enough to get an allowance? If you can't remove it she should have to buy a new one for you. My parents made me accountable for ALL my actions.
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STOP - BEFORE you use those solvents!!! Get some Goof-Off or Goo-Be-Gone they sell it in most paint depts.

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While paint thinner, acetone would be fine on glass, I'd be reluctant to use them on acrylic. You might not like the results.

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magic eraser perhaps?
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No dont use magic eraser. It's abrasive and will cloud your acrylic.

Well actually you could use magic eraser, then polish the acrylic with a plastic buffing compound. i.e. http://allstarplastics.com.au/shop/s...Acrylic+Polish to return it to its normal state.
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Biorb sell small packs of scratch remover paste and polishing cloth that may work as well

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I have a piece of acrylic laying around. I'll test paint solvent for you.


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was doing a little digging and found this

http://www.marinecolorado.org/forums...r-from-acrylic

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Rubbing alcohol & odorless mineral spirits took off black and green sharpie with no problems.

Wipe off any excess residue. You're not soaking the acrylic tank in solvent. You're fine.


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wow...
I just checked back on this.
Thanks for all the replies!!
And thank you for testing it for me!
I have some rubbing alcohol, took it right off!!!!
Thank you all!


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Go over the permanent marker with a non-permanent wipe off marker. Then wipe it off.
On white boards this works well. On acrylic?? Please let us know.
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