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    So I have been buying a number of locos from a club and the collector that owned them before wrote his initials and the model number on the bottom of gas tank in permanent marker for most of the locos (literally hundreds of locomotives so I don't think he ran them all -- just seems to be his habit to remind him of the model and in case he brought them to club or show -- he stored all out of their boxes so model reminders might have been useful).

    Anyway, it does not really bug me too much but I was very pleased that I found out how to easily remove the permanent marker on the gas tanks with a white-board marker. Figured I would post my results -- first the before picture (3 locos with permanent marker or various intensities).

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    I just used a white-board marker I found among random pens etc... It was old but had good ink. Apparently these markers have solvents in them which breaks down the permanent marker -- you can actually see the permanent marker fading / wiping off as you run the white-board marker over the same spots a few times.

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    After first application this is what I had (just wiped off with dry and damp paper towels). I did not even let it sit or anything -- just applied and then wiped off.

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    Couple of them needed a few applications. I think this was the 3rd application for the darkest writing.

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    Final result.

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    There are a bunch of other techniques for removing permanent marker from plastic described here:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Perman...-from-Plastics

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    Cool I didn't know that!

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    I've found that hydrogen peroxide while take sharpie off floor tiles with a paper towel and a little rubbing.

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    Goo Gone also works
    "It's not whats best......It's whats best for you"

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    I generally use alcohol and a soft cloth to remove Sharpie marks. A glass of single malt in the left hand greatly aids the process.

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    The stuff used for softening/removing super glue takes magic marker right off.

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    Is this a trick question? You can't remove permanent marker - it's permanent!

    Sorry, I'll show myself out.

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    Goof-Off also works well

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    Used your technique when teaching. Students putting permanent markers on whiteboards. Going over with whiteboard markers always took the permanent ink off.

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    Depending upon the quality of the finish of the marked item, here's a remedy that I have used successfully without damaging anything. Make a paste out of the sulphur coating of the ends of a few of the old paper matches and apply it to the marker. Usually lifts it off regardless the time the permanent marker ink has been on.
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    90% alcohol and a Q-Tip works, too.

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    Even better, denature alcohol which is 100%.

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    I use brake cleaner sprayed into a paper towel.
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    Oh yes! I learned this decades ago while in the Navy. Some newbie decided to use a permeant marker on the whiteboard. The simple way to do is how Mac demonstrated. Well done!
    Cheers!
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