Toa Chronix

Need help removing sharpie/marker from minifigs

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I recently dug into some old drawers to find loads of my Clone troopers from the CW era sets, but realized that my younger self tried "customizing" them with sharpies/other permanent markers and... well, let's just say they're not the greatest

Does anyone know of a way I can remove the marker without damaging the printing? Like some kind of liquid I can leave them in for a while or something? 

The marker has been there for quite a few years now, i'm not sure if that would affect anything though. I just really want to salvage these minifigs somehow.

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When accidentally using permanent marker on a whiteboard; you can go over it with a whiteboard marker of the same color and then wipe it off. This might work on Lego as well. :classic:

Also just a simple pencil eraser, WD-40 or rubbing alocohol can do the trick. I use Brasso myself for getting printings off of Lego, so don't use that. :wink:

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I use a pink (not the smooth white) pencil eraser for this task all the time. You don't have to rub very hard and the sharpie will come off before damaging any of the natural print. I don't use any type of liquid or solvent on it as that can damage the plastic and print.

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On 2017-6-1 at 9:42 PM, -zenn said:

rubbing alocohol can do the trick.

If you used an actual Sharpie, rubbing alcohol, A.K.A. isopropyl alcohol, will take it right off without damaging the print. 

Isopropyl alcohol can be tricky to find depending on where you live. If it's not easily available, try a clear sanitiser hand gel with "Alcohol Denat." as its main ingredient, Cuticura for example. If you're worried about long-term effects of any residual gel, you can wash off any excess with water.

     

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I did something very similar but I found from an older euro-bricks thread that body-spray ,not deodorant , did the trick.

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