Step 4: Step Two

The furniture I am working on is worn and rustic.  I can be a little more agressive cleaning it.  By the same token, since it is so worn and dry, the marker stains are in pretty deep.  I applied laquer thinner to a piece of ### steel wool.  Again work in the direction of the grain.  If you are working on a piece with a nicer finish you should not use anything coarser than 0000.  You will leave a dull spot in the finish if you overwork it.  You certainly do not want to make your furniture worse.

I normally would not suggest sandpaper except that I am using it on this particular project.  There were some pretty dark marker stains that penetrated where no finish was present to act as a barrier.  Since I am going to restain the cabinet I am going a step further and sanding some of the particularly nasty spots.  After all, not one side of the three tables was spared marker, pen or crayola damage.    If possible, I will update with a picture of the table stained and finished.

I hope this was helpful.  Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.  Thanks!
Acetone nail polish remover works like a charm for Sharpies--even on fabrics. But NEVER on Rayon!
Hi <br> <br>It's possible. The Laquer thinner is strong stuff. You would not want to expose the surrounding finish to it. It's always best If you can test it on an inconspicuous spot. When ready, you might try it with a Qtip, very sparringly, following the vase outline a little at a time, a small section only. Follow with another dry Qtip almost immediately. Don't wipe with a rag as you will inadvertantly smear laquer thinner on the surrounding surface. A ring shape is so distinctive. It's hard to work with and not remain a little noticable. If the finish is very durable you may be able to apply a little elbow grease. Let me know if you have any other questions! <br> <br>
Do you think this technique will work with a dye that has transferred from a vase on to a table top ? Use the same materials to clean ? <br> <br>Thanks Dave
My kids have used waterproof marker, will this work for that aswell, or do you have any other tips? My kids don't normally have access to waterproof markers, unfortunately their friends do!!lol:)
These were everything, marker pen crayons. Should work for you Just be super cautious putting on the laquer thinner. Test a spot somewhere not noticeable incase it might damage your finish. Hope it helps!
This is great. I didn't know if was so easy. :)
Thanks for the comment. It really works great. Just be careful to test for compatibility.

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