How to Get Marker off of a Chalkboard Surface...

Updated on April 28, 2012
C.G. asks from Orlando, FL
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I have one of those 2 sided easels with chalkboard on on side and dry erase on the other. So needless to say, I have marker all over the chalkboard side. And now the chalk won't stick! HELP! is there anything that will work. I have already tried the Magic Eraser and that didn't work. Come one, come all old wives tales.

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T.B.

answers from Miami on

I don't know of any home made remedies but I know what you are talking about. I have one of those easels with chalkboard on one side and dry erase on the other. I have cleaner for the dry erase board and it cleans up the dry erase markers from the chalkboard very nicely. Office Max or some other place like Walmart should have it. It's specifically for dry erase boards...it's a cleaner that comes in a spray bottle. A little bit on a paper towel will remove that marker from the chalkboard.

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P.H.

answers from Tallahassee on

Try the paint that is like a chalkboadr- if you paint a section of your wall with it for example, it turns into a chalkboard and you can write on it and wipe it off. Then you can just paint over it if you have this problem again. It's probably like $12 a can or something. I see it on TV all of the time in kids rooms and kitchens. Good luck!

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D.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

We had the same problem. Paint thinner took it right off the chalkboard side. On the whiteboard there was permanent marker stains and it took it off that too! No scrubbing at all. Make sure to clean with soap and water after.

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We had the same problem. Paint thinner took it right off the chalkboard side. On the whiteboard there was permanent marker stains and it took it off that too! No scrubbing at all. Make sure to clean with soap and water after.

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T.B.

answers from Miami on

I don't know of any home made remedies but I know what you are talking about. I have one of those easels with chalkboard on one side and dry erase on the other. I have cleaner for the dry erase board and it cleans up the dry erase markers from the chalkboard very nicely. Office Max or some other place like Walmart should have it. It's specifically for dry erase boards...it's a cleaner that comes in a spray bottle. A little bit on a paper towel will remove that marker from the chalkboard.

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P.E.

answers from Panama City on

NAIL polish remover,get sOME chalkboaD paint get a new board hide all permanent markers

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L.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

Have you tried alcohol? I wouldn't mind sending you some Sol-u-mel to try. It's made by Melaleuca and you can only by it from them directly, but it removes permanent marker from all kinds of surfaces, even clothes. Membership is required to purchase their products, so that's why I'm offering to send you some to try (free of charge, of course!)

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M.H.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Hi C.,

I use a line of cleaning products that contain a high grade tea tree oil. I have been able to remove permanent marker from my dry erase board and my chalk board with no damage. If you're interested let me know. If you want to look on your own, make sure you get a grade high enough (at least T36-C5, the higher the T and the smaller the C the better) that it is considered non-caustic so it won't take the finish off the surface.

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S.S.

answers from Miami on

C.,

Try WD40, that stuff works for just about everything.

Good luck.

S.

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S.S.

answers from Melbourne on

Have you tried 'goof off' or 'goo gone' or whatever that stuff is called these days? LOL Good luck!

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B.H.

answers from Miami on

Rubbing alcohol will take it out. Moisten - not dampen - a cloth and rub in circles. Repeat with a water soaked cloth to rinse. You may need to do it a few times, but it will work. And FYI - if you ever get permanent marker on the dry erase side, write over the perm w/ a dry erase pen and erase it. Clean w/ alcohol to remove any residue & dry.

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D.W.

answers from Boca Raton on

Not quite sure about any cleaners, but I do know that they sell chalkboard paint and you could just paint over it and it will be brand new.

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K.W.

answers from Gainesville on

The magic eraser is truly magical. Try that.

A.G.

answers from Mayaguez on

You can refinish the chalboard side with chalboard paint, available at Home Depot (Free advertising):)

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K.S.

answers from Melbourne on

Have you tried rubbing alcohol? That will sometimes work with marker on plastic, but I'm not sure how that would work on a porous surface. =0) It's worth a try, though. You might even be able to get it off with the clorox wipes/clorox anywhere.

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K.M.

answers from Jacksonville on

I would go with the nail polish remover, but be ware it may take the color off the chalkboard as well.

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S.S.

answers from Pensacola on

I used goo gone to get crayon off our blackboard and it worked great maybe it will work for marker?
Good Luck
S.

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