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Make a permanent-marker-remover!

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This instructable will show you how to make a permanent-marker-remover out of an empty text marker and some nail-polish remover.
With the power of nail-polish remover and the precision of a text marker, you can easily clean away any small permanent-marker stain!

 
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Step 2: Draining the text marker

If your text marker isn't fully empty, it is highly recommended to drain it first.
To do this simply take a paper towel or tissue and wrap it around the tip of your text marker.
Let it sit overnight and then feel the tip to see if it's still moist.

Step 3: Filling up the cartiridge

  • Now take your knife/hacksaw and cut the back piece of your textmarker off so you have access to the fabric ink cartridge.
  • Then take your nail-polish remover and slowly fill up the cartridge. Make sure to do this over a sink because the nail-polish remover will leak out the tip if the cartridge is full.
  • After the cartridge is full, tape the end back on with some heavy-duty tape. It must be heavy-duty or else the vapors of the nail-polish remover will leak out of the end of the marker.
Or you could just go over the mark with another permanent marker and wipe them both off while it's still wet. Works every time.
sbell162 years ago
Neat idea, but I'd recommend using non-acetone nail polish remover. Or will it not work as well?
Candymanproductions (author)  sbell162 years ago
I'm not sure. I haven't tried non-acetone nail-polish remover yet but that would be a good idea.
jcheng32 years ago
If you can refill it by holding the tip in nail polish remover, why do you have to cut the end off in the first place? Can't you just stand the tip in some nail polish remover for a while?
Candymanproductions (author)  jcheng32 years ago
You can do that, but I recommend cutting off the end so that the nail-polish remover washes out any leftover ink and fully saturates the cartridge.
erict2 years ago
Neat idea, I use a dry erase marker. I draw over the permanent marker line with the dry erase marker and then wipe it off with a paper towel. Something in the dry erase marker seems to break up the permanent ink. Works really well on white-boards when the previous presenter was to lazy to check what kind of marker he had (ask me how I know)
TheHawkeye2 years ago
Cool idea, but wouldn't it be a better idea to use pure acetone (paint thinner) than nail polish remover? The problem with using the nail polish remover is that not everything will evaporate away. It contains acetone, along with other stuff like gelatin, etc... Acetone also evaporates very quickly and is good at replacing water, so it won't lave a wet patch all over your erased section. I don't think acetone would break up the paper into wet little balls like I predict nail polish remover might. Maybe I would recommend a highlighter case as well..
Some nail polish removers do contain 100% acetone.
Acetone is very volatile, meaning it will evaporate quickly, and you don't want to inhale to much. It's a good idea to keep it capped, but I'm unsure how airtight your cap is.
King Julien2 years ago
Wow! Looks great! Too bad it wont work on paper!
killbox2 years ago
Pretty cool, been popping out the cork in cheapo highlighters to extract the florescent dye, ive wound up washing the cartridges and tips on a few of these and thinking these should be useful for something.

and now I know one thing to try out in them! may try making another one full of goof-off or goo-gone.
Candymanproductions (author)  killbox2 years ago
sound like a good idea!