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#608844 - 06/18/05 07:47 PM PERMANENT MARKER
Petrouchka47 Offline
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Registered: 06/05/05
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Loc: Miami, Florida
Is it possible to remove permanent marker off of piano keys; if so,how would one go about doing such?

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#608845 - 06/18/05 07:54 PM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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My kids once used a permanent marker to embellish the wallpaper in the living room. The only thing that took it off was nail polish remover - unfortunately, the nail polish remover also removed the wallpaper ink. I was left with a little blank spot on the wallpaper.

Have no idea what nail polish remover (acetone?) would do to piano keys, so ask for advice from someone who knows chemistry before trying it.

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#608846 - 06/18/05 08:12 PM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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STOP. DOn't use acetone. I believe acetone is used to disolve plastic keytops to make a hammer hardening solution. I recall reading somewhere there is a cleaner used to wipe off bingo cards that have been dabbed with bingo card markers. There are also some plastic cleaners you can try that you buy in boating or marine supply stores. I have some plastic keytops and will try out some of the cleaners I have and let you know the results.
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#608847 - 06/18/05 08:14 PM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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If they are plastic keys, please no acetone. It dissolves them. Try denatured alcohol. Wipe the keys with a clean white cotton cloth wet with the alcohol.
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#608848 - 06/18/05 08:21 PM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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Curry... are we on the same wavelength or what ?
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#608849 - 06/19/05 05:30 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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Denatured alcohol is the thing to use. Good call, curry - and JimBob! \:\)
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#608850 - 06/20/05 07:38 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
hhwong Offline
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Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 14
Loc: singapore
I have a better idea to remove the marker pen on the key,by using potato chip rubbing on the affected area and it will disappear magically.

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#608851 - 06/20/05 07:45 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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You're kidding!
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#608852 - 06/20/05 09:34 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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Registered: 01/03/02
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Loc: New York
Something I have found that removed marker on a plastic switchplate is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The thing is amazing. Nothing else removed the marker. Even Greased Lightning which is incredibly powerful. I rubbed for about 3 seconds and it was gone.

Perhaps it's concept is similar to the potato chip idea, only you won't get any crumbs in your keyboard!

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#608853 - 06/22/05 05:17 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
hhwong Offline
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Registered: 11/28/02
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Loc: singapore
I m not kidding,it can even remove the marker ink which is on your finger,can try it up if you do not believe.

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#608854 - 06/22/05 10:36 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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A potato chip, or a potato?
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#608855 - 06/22/05 11:16 AM Re: PERMANENT MARKER
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At the kennel (dog and cat shelter) I used to work at we used sharpie markers all the time to mark cat cage #s on stainless steel cage name plates and used the same pen to mark other items arond the facility.

We used a little chlorox bleach to remove the marks so we can change the numbers as new cats came in and old cats left. Bleach (even if diluted with water) takes off sharpie pen marks quickly and easily but I don't know if it would be a great cleaning substance for piano keys at all as it may be too corosive.

Bleach is a harsh substance when at full strength (and I had many holes in my work shirts from cleaning cat kennels to attest to it as well as bleach spots on my clothes). Bleach can also burn your skin and is not healthy to breath in as it is very irritating and caustic. I lost my ability to smell bleach after working in the cat room for a period of time (it took about a year before I could again smell bleach). I also got bronchitis frequently while working that job form breathing in all the kennel disinfectants.

Ask your tech or any of the qualified techs here for advice is the safest way to be sure as what might be best for getting permanent marker marks off your keys.

Just my two cents. Don't know if it will be of help for you in regards to keys; but the stuff works in my house for our kitchen table and counter tops when we use it carefully but then again I'd be very hesitant to use it on fine furniture at full strength. jmo

WARNING: I recall one should never mix bleach with ammonia (which windex has in it) as I recall there is a chemical reaction that can happen between these two substances that will occur if these two ingredients that can be harmful or possibly deadly. I think the reaction gives off HCL gas but I cannot remember the exact reaction that occurs as it has been forever since I had taken my chemistry classes.
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