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    Well my dumb ass little 6 year old wrote #20 on the front of my car with a sharpie , is there any way to remove it? i thought mr clean magic erase, but wanted to check other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff. View Post
    Well my dumb ass little 6 year old wrote #20 on the front of my car with a sharpie , is there any way to remove it? i thought mr clean magic erase, but wanted to check other options
    Take the same sharpie and make a test mark somewhere inconspicuous -- the inside of the boot lid or the inside of the bonnet come to mind. Next, see what happens when you gently rub with isopropanol.



    Now, in exchange for the response, tell me why the child chose #20?
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    Note to self: never let a six year old near car.

    Good luck getting that off. I'll be interested to see what did it, I have a small sharpie mark on my headlight, but not enough to worry about taking it off.

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    Both isopropanol and ethanol will remove sharpie markings from surfaces. The question -- and why I cautioned to TEST somewhere inconspicuous first -- is whether the alcohol you chose to use will damage the finish (in the case of painted metal) or the material (in the case of plasitised headlamps or other non-metal bits). It'll work; what's left for you to determine is at what cost (isopropanol should not theoretically harm painted metal; it's used to clean surfaces and it should not harm many plastics, but I'm not a materials expert and it's not my car, so TEST first).

    EDIT: I asked about the number 20 thinking it might be a favourite driver or something (thinking a mini Nascar fan did the deed). If so I'd have suggested switching the kid to Formula 1, where the numbers are now tiny and nobody knows them, and a 6-year-old might be discouraged from trying to spell out "Raikkonen" etc. Just a thought -- not applicable here after all though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    and a 6-year-old might be discouraged from trying to spell out "Raikkonen" etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff. View Post
    Well my dumb ass little 6 year old wrote #20 on the front of my car with a sharpie , is there any way to remove it? i thought mr clean magic erase, but wanted to check other options
    Did you call your own child a dumb ass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post


    It's all in the training. Without even trying, I somehow transmitted to both of my kids by the age of 3 that Daddy's car is a holy relic.
    Me too, I won't even let them climb in and out with out my help.

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    Did you call your own child a dumb ass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DUB View Post
    Did you call your own child a dumb ass?
    I wasnt going to touch that topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post


    It's all in the training. Without even trying, I somehow transmitted to both of my kids by the age of 3 that Daddy's car is a holy relic.
    Weeks in a closet will do that. j/k
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    Quote Originally Posted by DUB View Post
    Did you call your own child a dumb ass?
    I think so, but in that case I'd be more worried about what they say about the apple and the tree.
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    Really anything will take it off. I would stay away from ethanol. It tends to harm paint a little more than standard rubbing alcohol. Acetone will do it. Basic formulas of goo off and even some waxes will get it off. After clear coat gets some time to cure, it is pretty durable. Like was stated, just a quick little test spot, and then go for it. If for some stupid reason, something dulls the finish a little, just hit it with a quick buff and be back to normal.
    Pretty easy and common. Even paint over the clear coat is really nothing to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
    Really anything will take it off. I would stay away from ethanol. It tends to harm paint a little more than standard rubbing alcohol. Acetone will do it.

    Aha, good to know.

    To the person with the small sharpie mark on the headlamps: Do not use acetone on clear plastics (or any plastics for that matter).

    EDIT: The OP is apparently a teen, so the kid may be a sibling (?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DUB View Post
    Did you call your own child a dumb ass?
    I assumed it was his brother...if it's his kid, I'm somewhat speechless.
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