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Subject: Crayon marks
Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:25 PM ET
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I have a book that is in excellent condition except for one pages that has a small amount of crayon coloring on it (about an inch square).  How do I get the crayon marks off so I can post this book?

By the way this book is not a coloring book but a book on activities to do with toddlers.

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Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:37 PM ET
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I've never heard of a way to get crayon off a book.  Sorry to say this, but I believe it's not postable because crayon on a text page would be just like writing or highlighting.  :(  That stinks!  I hate it when I can't post a book to share with others!

Maybe you could offer it as a freebie?

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:44 PM ET
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One way we had to get crayon off of walls was to place a paper towel on the mark, and then lightly press on a warm iron. Crayons are mostly colored wax, and the wax would get pulled into the paper towel.

For the rest, we'd then use rubbing alchohol to 'melt' off the rest of the crayon, but you don't want any liquid near the book.

If the pages have a lot of clay in them, it may pull out a lot of the way and color. If it's a MMPB, you're just as apt to melt the crayon into the page, because they're dryer and absorb more.

So I'd really think hard about trying it or not, depending on the book. It it's something people may want anyway, your better bet may be to list it on the bazaar as an unpostable for a credit and see if you get a request. Some people may not care if it's a book they want now.

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Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:47 PM ET
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I've had it happen, fortunately for me it was a pen type crayon that had an eraser at the end. The mark came right off.

You could try to use just a regular eraser(like on a pencil) and see if that works. Just make sure you use it gently so the page doesn't get worn down.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 7:47 PM ET
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You can offer it, as it is, for a credit in the Book Bazaar.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 10:22 PM ET
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Also, it depends on where the crayon is. If it is a non-text page, it doesn't matter because those don't count. Just thinking in public here.

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 12:05 AM ET
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Probably SOL unless you find an eraser that works.  Other options are likely to result in more damage.