Melissa asked: I used those wood markers on my table. The color didn’t match, which made the situation worse. Is there a way to remove the marker without ruining the table?
Most wood finish markers actually contain a small amount of oil-based stain to allow you to easily and conveniently repair scratches or defects on wood surfaces. If you have a mishap with a wood marker, then the solution is as simple as wiping it away with mineral spirits or paint thinner. Here’s what you need to do:
You Will Need:
- Mineral spirits
- Clean white rag or paper towel
- Rubber gloves
- Eye protection
Steps to Remove the Marker:
- Check the label for the mineral spirits and follow all directions and recommendations for ventilation before you begin. Wear gloves and eye protection for your safety.
- Apply a small amount of mineral spirits to the paper towel or rag.
- Rub the wet rag or paper towel on the marker spot you want to remove.
- Continue to work on the spot until it comes clean. Periodically switch to a clean area on the towel for best results.
- When you’re finished, dispose of the rag or paper towel according to the hazardous material guidelines on the product label.
- Once the marker is removed, prepare the surface as recommended on the packaging with the appropriate colored stain.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Store mineral spirits out of the reach of children and in adherence to all product label directions.
- The vapor from mineral spirits can be harmful, so don’t skip the ventilation even if you have a so-called “odorless” product.
- Avoid direct or prolonged contact with skin, especially if you have a pre-existing skin condition.
- If the area is very small, use a cotton swab to apply the mineral spirits more accurately. This will keep from creating a large, unfinished area on the surface.