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coloured pencil marks on white varnished surface: pls help

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remnant Thu 10-Jan-13 23:33:52

Well, despite warning on soda crystals packet about not letting them anywhere near varnished or lacquered surfaces, they don't seem to damage this varnish. I used some dissolved on some cotton wool on the stains and there was a faint blue mark appeared on the cotton wool, so it did seem to be making some impact. I'm still a bit scared about what else they might do though.

MousseCake, thanks for all those suggestions.

I just tried some bread, since i actually have some here for a change, and that too seems to be having an effect.

i've now got only very faint lines and I'll persevere when my fingers recover so thanks all!

AbuseHamzaMousseCake Thu 10-Jan-13 22:47:13

Try some bread - i have used that in the past when didn't have a magic eraser and it works. At least it won't do any harm! grin

Or try rubbing gently with a microfibre cloth, might need to dampen it slightly.
Again, shouldn't do any harm.

Are loads of other things you can try (WD40, lemon juice, washing powder, hairspray, dry wipe pen etc) but how they react to the varnish is the question.

The dry wipe pen works on permanent marker stains - you write over the mark with drywipe pen and rub off straight away - the solvent in the drywipe ink dissolves the permanent ink and you can wipe off. This has worked for me brilliantly in the past.
Good Luck!

MaureenMLove Thu 10-Jan-13 22:46:53

Definately! Just disolve some in a bowl of warm water and give it a go. Hey, you've tried everything else, so it's gotta be worth a shot! grin

remnant Thu 10-Jan-13 22:34:48

I have some actual soda crystals Maureen. Would they be worth trying?

MaureenMLove Thu 10-Jan-13 22:31:08

Liquid Soda Crystals. It is a thing of wonder. It cleans anything off of anything! You will wonder how you lived without it!

Cheap as chips too. £1'ish for a regular sized squirty bottle in Wilkos.

remnant Thu 10-Jan-13 22:30:22

thanks zgaze, I've ordered one of those

remnant Thu 10-Jan-13 22:29:13

Thanks savoy and hazel

I've just tried WD40 and it didn't touch it. It doesn't harm the varnish, but doesn't touch the line. It's like the pigment has been sucked into the varnish. I think it would need something like bleach which I'm sure would damage the varnish.

thanks for so bravely testing your white desk savoy, I hope she doesn't develop any bad habits! haven't seen that orange product over here unfortunately

zgaze Thu 10-Jan-13 22:28:48

I see savoy & I will have to have an everything off everything vs anything off anything duel

zgaze Thu 10-Jan-13 22:27:42

This, seriously. It's miraculous. Gets anything off anything.

SavoyCabbage Thu 10-Jan-13 22:19:48

Muck to dd's delight, I just got her to scribble on a laminated Ikea white desk in red Lyra pencil and it came off straight away with the orange power. It's not varnished though. .

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 10-Jan-13 22:17:23

I'd try Wd40. But I'd probably dab a little bit (of any cleaner) somewhere unobtrusive first, to check it does not wreck the surface.

SavoyCabbage Thu 10-Jan-13 22:15:39


We have this orange power stuff (I live in Australia) which gets everything off everything.

I have those pencils but no high gloss white surface to give it a go on.

remnant Thu 10-Jan-13 22:11:00


my lovely 2 year old boy has scribbled all over a high gloss white varnish side-board in his coloured pencils and the marks are not wiping off

I'd never have left them out if I knew they had such strong pigment (they're 'lyra ferby' ones if it makes any difference)

I daren't experiment too much with things that might remove the varnish.

any suggestions?

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