Per asked: How do I remove a glossy spot from a pencil eraser? We got an ink spot from a pen on our brand new kitchen table. I tried to remove it with soap and water, but it didn’t vanish completely. Then, I used a pencil eraser, and the ink disappeared. The problem is that the finish now has a different shine in the light from the pencil eraser. The surface is white matte lacquer or laminate. I’m not sure. If you know how to remove the shiny surface from the eraser, I would be so happy!
The secret to getting rid of glossy spots is to scuff them, and this method offers a super easy way to do just that. It’s safe for most surfaces, but be sure to start “small” so you don’t overdo it.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloths
- Furniture cleaner/polish
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
- Damp paper towel
Steps to Remove the Gloss:
- Begin by cleaning the surface using normal cleaning methods. This will allow you to work directly on the eraser residue.
- Apply a small amount of WD-40 to the soft cloth.
- Gently rub the surface with the soft cloth. The WD-40 will help to remove the residue left behind by the eraser.
- Wipe the area clean with a dry soft cloth.
- If the glossy area remains, you may need to sand it away.
- Using a fine grit sandpaper, very lightly begin to scuff the shiny surface. Do NOT sand hard, you only want to remove the remnants of the pencil eraser, not the finish on the table.
- Stop frequently and wipe with a soft cloth to examine the results.
- Once the surface is sufficiently scuffed, wipe clean with a damp paper towel.
- Once the glossy area is removed, follow up with a furniture cleaner and/or polish.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Make sure you use fine grit sandpaper. Larger grit paper may gouge or streak the surface.