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Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
13th Feb '13

You'd be surprised, but dry erase markers work wonders on getting other kinds of markers off of things. At this point, it can't hurt to test a tiny spot. I know WD-40 is supposed to be good with stuff like that too.



Here's some help, maybe: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf83861917.tip.html

Milk Monster 2 kids; Arizona 9089 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Trixie7678:" Can you make it her problem then, show her what is happening when she leaves her things out? Maybe your ... [snip!] ... she left out ::hint hint::: okay-i didnt mean that....Maybe she could just keep these things at school only or in the car?"


I've talked to her about it and everything. She always apologizes but she's always in such a hurry to get to school that she almost always leaves stuff out. It wouldn't be such a pain if it were easy to remove stuff. Oh those stupid crayola wash-able markers... found out that those aren't very washable from the walls!

Milk Monster 2 kids; Arizona 9089 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Tανη [CNL]:" You'd be surprised, but dry erase markers work wonders on getting other kinds of markers off of things. ... [snip!] ... WD-40 is supposed to be good with stuff like that too. Here's some help, maybe: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf83861917.tip.html"


Thanks! :)

Milk Monster 2 kids; Arizona 9089 posts
13th Feb '13

Nail polish remover - Didn't work. :(
Baking soda mixture- Didn't work. :(
Dry erase marker- Didn't work, and the dry erase marker didn't come off my wall. :(
Soft scrub- Worked a little. It got the dry erase marker out and lightened the magic marker.



Boo! Now to send DH to get some WD-40 to try that...

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Milk Monster:" Nail polish remover - Didn't work. :( Baking soda mixture- Didn't work. :( Dry erase marker- Didn't work, ... [snip!] ... little. It got the dry erase marker out and lightened the magic marker. Boo! Now to send DH to get some WD-40 to try that..."


If worse comes to worst, you can chip off a small piece of paint (probably about the size of a quarter). Since it's a part of the wall, I'd suggest doing it inside the inner corner of a closet (if it's the same color paint) or somewhere inconspicuous. You'd probably want to take a sharp knife or something that will be able to dig into the wall, rather than just scratch some paint off (which won't be enough). Then you can take it to Home Depot, ask them to match the paint color, and get a sample (which is free). Use that sample to dab over the marker. You'll probably need to do a couple of coats if it's a dark marker. Don't worry if it's not perfect, either. At this point, you're just trying to hide the blemish so your landlord won't catch it and charge you your deposit.



DH and I did this when we were buying our house. There were a couple small spots of dry rot around the outside of the house. The loan that we were getting required that the house pass a home inspection (meaning dry rot is unacceptable). The owners of the house needed to sell it, so they allowed us to replace those parts of the wood, however, that meant that it was quite obvious that some work had been done (since the new wood was not painted the color of the house). DH chipped some of the paint off, took it to Home Depot, they matched the color & gave us a free sample, which we used to paint the new wood, so it matched the rest of the house. The home inspector didn't notice.

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Tανη [CNL]:" If worse comes to worst, you can chip a small piece of paint (probably about the size of a quarter) ... [snip!] ... us a free sample, which we used to paint the new wood, so it matched the rest of the house. The home inspector didn't notice."


nothing like scamming people. awesome.

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" nothing like scamming people. awesome."


Lol, how is that scamming? It's not hurting the landlord and it wasn't hurting the company we got our loan from. It's taking care of a blemish...cheaply. And we're making no profit...

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Tανη [CNL]:" Lol, how is that scamming? It's not hurting the landlord and it wasn't hurting the company we got our loan from. It's taking care of a blemish...cheaply. And we're making no profit..."


nvm, i read it wrong. i thought you painted instead of replacing. too tired to function lol

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" nvm, i read it wrong. i thought you painted instead of replacing. too tired to function lol"


Oh, no. Lol. We fixed the dry rot (at our own expense), but technically there aren't supposed to be any modifications made to the house unless it's by the owner (which we weren't at that time). So that's why it was kind of...behind the scenes. Our real estate agent knew about it...it was just the loan company that didn't know.



And we live in the house. We're not renting it out or anything, so it still wouldn't have been like we were just trying to cover up an error that someone else would have to deal wtih or would affect someone else. Now, if we were flipping the house, I could definitely see how it could be considered scamming. :)

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
13th Feb '13

Try rubbing alcohol too. We have Crayon and marker on the walls here too. It takes two seconds.