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Removing permanent marker from my skis

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I just got my skis that I bought online to replace my current pair that were too short. They came from a rental shop and were demos, so they branded their skis with what appears to be permanent marker. They got most of it off before shipping them to me, but not enough and I'm wondering how to safely remove the rest without damaging the topsheet. What is safe to use? Rubbing alcohol, laquer thinner, xylene, etc.? What the heck was wrong with just slapping a sticker on there...

post #2 of 18

I've used 50/50 Denatured alcohol/Water to get marker off of skis.  You could also try things like Goo Gone or nail polish remover if those are more readily available.

 

Stickers are also a viable option to cover up the marker if you can't get it offbiggrin.gif  Shops don't use stickers because they fall or get scraped off.

 

Mike

post #3 of 18

Brake fluid worked for me 30 years ago on exactly the same issue. No guarantees that it will work with today's inks or the top skins of your skis. Brake fluid is a powerful solvent.

 

Goof Off, Bestine, starting ether, carburator cleaner, gasoline, acetone, MEK, mineral spirits, alcohol and several other solvents also might work. Or eat away the graphics. How important is it to remove all the marks?

 

Good luck,

Eric

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Well I don't want to dissolve my skis, just make it so I don't look down and feel like I'm on rentals. I'll start with the alcohol/water mix. I'd like to get it done with stuff from the house, the stuff in the garage scares me.

 

post #5 of 18
I have often had this problem

Here is a great solution.

Get a product used to clean glass topped stoves! It is a "ceramic" type clean that has a fine grit with some white cream which takes grease, wax, oils etc,,,

Will not harm ski tops!

Hope this helps you!

SG
post #6 of 18

DO not use acetone and do not use lacquer thinner.....use only as a last result,  since they will most likely damage the finish on the skis as well....they will remove just about anything but will leave them dull like if they have been sanded.

post #7 of 18
Baby wipes
post #8 of 18

Or you could color in the rest of the skis with marker so you don't notice...

post #9 of 18

Spray carburator cleaner on a cloth and wipe gently.

post #10 of 18

It certainly will not hurt to mask the areas off with tape first.

 

Just in case the stuff smears and is the surrounding area absorbs the stuff.  At least it will limit it.

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the ideas everyone. It must have been grease pen, because I could smudge it around if I rubbed hard enough. Goo gone did the trick, no damage. Although the whole distressed, faded, acid washed thing works on jeans. Maybe it would have looked good on my skis...

post #12 of 18

From the trenches of room B215, where some 10th graders cannot tell the difference between a Sharpie

and a whiteboard marker....as they write on the whiteboard.

 

Know what takes permanent marker off?

 

Whiteboard marker.

 

Sweartogawd.

 

Get a fresh whiteboard marker. Black works best, don't ask me why.

Press hard and scribble over the permanent marker.

You'll see it start to disappear.

Take a damp paper towel and wipe the residue off.

Cheap. Not particularly noxious. Effective.

 

Caveat: smooth surfaces. If it's your wedding dress, all bets are off.

 

More:

Ballpoint ink: cheap non-aerosol hairspray

Desktops: cheap shaving cream, foamy kind

Gum stuck under desk: 60 minute detention, blue gloves and a spork.

 

Cheers.

 

@

 

post #13 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Matura View Post

From the trenches of room B215, where some 10th graders cannot tell the difference between a Sharpie

and a whiteboard marker....as they write on the whiteboard.

 

Know what takes permanent marker off?

 

Whiteboard marker.

 

Sweartogawd.

 

Get a fresh whiteboard marker. Black works best, don't ask me why.

Press hard and scribble over the permanent marker.

You'll see it start to disappear.

Take a damp paper towel and wipe the residue off.

Cheap. Not particularly noxious. Effective.

 

Caveat: smooth surfaces. If it's your wedding dress, all bets are off.

 

More:

Ballpoint ink: cheap non-aerosol hairspray

Desktops: cheap shaving cream, foamy kind

Gum stuck under desk: 60 minute detention, blue gloves and a spork.

 

Cheers.

 

@

 


Allison,
Right you are! After I read what you wrote, I remembered doing this before and it does work!

I marked my skis with a sharpie and went to touch it up the following day. I was surprised when the new marks washed away the old marks. Once the old marks are wet, you can just wipe it off.
Edited by L&AirC - 4/26/11 at 3:18am
post #14 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Matura View Post

From the trenches of room B215, where some 10th graders cannot tell the difference between a Sharpie

and a whiteboard marker....as they write on the whiteboard.

 

Know what takes permanent marker off?

 

Whiteboard marker.

 

Sweartogawd.

 

Get a fresh whiteboard marker. Black works best, don't ask me why.

Press hard and scribble over the permanent marker.

You'll see it start to disappear.

Take a damp paper towel and wipe the residue off.

Cheap. Not particularly noxious. Effective.

 

Caveat: smooth surfaces. If it's your wedding dress, all bets are off.

 

More:

Ballpoint ink: cheap non-aerosol hairspray

Desktops: cheap shaving cream, foamy kind

Gum stuck under desk: 60 minute detention, blue gloves and a spork.

 

Cheers.

 

@

 


I love it when we get posts from true experts in a field. Good work!

 

post #15 of 18

I'm surprised no one suggested WD40.

 

 Removing marker is one of the few things I use it for.

post #16 of 18
I've tried all kinds of stuff including spray lubes and just about every solvent in the shop. What works better for me than anything else is a product called Oops. Magic marker doesn't stand a chance. Smells good and will remove even years-old, hardened, masking or duct tape residue. Another product is called Goo Gone and you'd think it should be great for magic marker on a ski........it doesn't work very well. But Oops will take it right off.
post #17 of 18

Either try the erasable marker endorsed higher up in the most, or use my approach: Stickers. They'll cover the problem and if thoughtfully chosen, make us a more interesting person. :D At least until we open our mouths...

post #18 of 18

I've used Meguiar's Water Spot Remover. "Safe and effective on all clear coat & glossy paint surfaces". Worked great on marker on a top sheet and on a Transpack hard case. Used it with a paper towel, not the applicator, polishing system, etc. in the directions on the label. Even used it to get water spots or sap or something off a windshield.;)

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