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Forum topic by abkma posted 08-30-2008 05:16 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2008 05:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ink removal oak poly polyurethane

Hi all,

My youngest son created some artwork for us. The only problem is that he drew it all over the cupboards. They are oak finished with Polyurethane. Anyone have any tips or ideas that I can try to remove the ink without ruining the finish.

Thank you so much,


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Bob #2

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 05:44 PM

Didi 7 is pretty good. It will depend on what the “ink” is too.

If your surface was penentrated during the tagging you may have more problems.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 05:47 PM

I have used toothpaste with success. The only caveat is the surface I cleaned was laminate.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 05:47 PM

Bob #2 – Thanks for the link. It’s a cheap ball point pen. It’s barely visible so I think I might have lucked out as far as penetration.

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 05:57 PM

I don’t know if these will work on your cupboards, but Mr. Clean Magic Eraser do a great job removing markers and crayons for walls.

Good luck.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 06:09 PM

Try denatured alcohol (just not over shellac). It usually disolves ballpoint pen type ink.

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#6 posted 08-30-2008 06:30 PM

Hair spray….try it on a not to visible area too see if it effects you finish 1st. My 2 cents.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 09-07-2008 05:55 PM

Hi all,

I want to thank everyone who responded to my post. It truly is great to be able to put something like this out there and receive so many knowledgeable replies.

For anyone that is interested my wife purchased one of the “magic erasers” at the grocery store this morning and it took everything right off. The only damage is one small spot where the wood was dented by the pen, but the ink even came out of that.

Now I’m off to install a latch on one of our drawers for all of the pens. Thanks again.

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