When I’m out sourcing stuff for my vintage shop, Mac’s Attic, at estate sales, flea markets, or thrift stores I often find great items with permanent marker on them. Some stores even write the price ON the item with permanent marker (so annoying and stupid).
I recently stumbled on a really cool vintage pipe display. Unfortunately, there were several permanent marker spots on the rack. The vintage rack had the original price as part of the display rack and ofcourse, with time, the price of the pipes increased, so whomever used the spinning rack kept writing the new price of pipes with a permanent marker. I didn’t want people thinking that’s what I paid, and the blemishes negatively affect the value anyway.
Just because it’s permanent marker, doesn’t mean it’s permanent. If the marker is on metal or plastic, I have a method that works every time. It involves gathering supplies from your bathroom!
Using hairspray and nail polish remover, you can easily remove permanent marker. I always start with hair spray because it’s less abrasive. Sometimes the hairspray just significantly fades the marker, but with a wipe of polish remover, it totally cleans it. I spray the hair spray directly at the marker (just a couple inches away) & then use a cotton ball to wipe away.
Within a couple minutes, the permanent marker was totally gone. I did try the nail polish remover on the brown part of the rack, and it was too abrasive. It was removing part of the brown as well (luckily, I noticed it quickly and it just looks slightly worn like the rest of the rack). So I just used hairspray for the remaining parts of the brown sections.
I haven’t tried this method on clothes. What method do you use to get permanent marker out of clothes?