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Subject: Advice on Cleaning the Ink off a Thrift Store Book
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:51 AM ET
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I recently bought two very nice books from the thrift store, and they have the prices written on the covers in dry erase marker or whatever erasable pens thrift stores use to mark their books. In the past I was able to rub the prices off the covers with a bit of damp cloth (perhaps because a majority of the covers were glossy), but this time the method only takes a little ink off and smudges the rest. Can you recommend a way to rub off the ink withot damaging the books? Preferably a remedy that won't require me purchasing stuff because I am cheap that way. :D Thanks!

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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:27 AM ET
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I think Fantastik would work on dry erase ink, but I would think dry erase ink would just wipe off of a paperback cover with your fingertip too.  Okay, I just sat here and tested that and it did:P  That's fresh ink though, so that might make a difference.  My thrift stores use grease pencil and Goo Gone takes that off really well as long as it's a paperback that has at least some of the glossy finish left on it.  The covers that feel papery; more like cardstock, it doesn't work so well on.  On those, I'm not sure what would.  I haven't had breakthrough results with anything there:P  Those Mr. Clean magic eraser pads are good, but they have to be slightly damp, so I wouldn't use them on anything with an unfinished paper surface.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:50 AM ET
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If it's a glossy surface, try some rubbing alcohol.  If it's that unfinished paper surface, like Kim said, I don't think anything will work to take it off.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:53 AM ET
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I would also recommend rubbing alcohol. Although don't rub too much or you start to take the colored ink off the book as well.