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#1 SaintPanda

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 05:00 PM

I really need to remove the sharpie stains from my troopers. My LEGO Clone Army is really rather small with all the customized clones turned into zombies because the marker started to wear off and it looks terrible. I guess I made a bad decision a couple years ago and decided to customize so many of my clones. :(

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 05:28 PM

If you used sharpie, warm water and soap should remove it.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 05:44 PM

Works for old and new?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 05:45 PM

I use rubbing alcohol or vinegar to clean of Sharpie, but if you scrub too vigorously you'll take off the factory marks too.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:10 PM

I don't if it removes factory decals on minifigs but nail polish gets sharpie off of pretty much everything

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

I can't really help you with removal, but I've actually been wondering the opposite... I was going to sharpie a face yellow a while back for my Cappy, but the result looked streaky and didn't want to stay.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Pencil eraser. Be careful though, if you rub too hard it will rub off the print.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

I might go with pencil eraser or soap and warm water.

Spider, I don't know how to make it stay, you could try painting it.

Or maybe that stuff that makes paint stay on stuff would work to keep sharpie on?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:18 PM

Speaking from personal experience, soap, water, and something slightly coarse (like a brillo pad or something) will be all you need. You might have to scrub for a while but it'll come off eventually.

 

If you start getting fancy with more exotic cleaning stuff you're more liable to damage the plastic. ABS reacts funny to certain chemicals.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:09 PM

Brillo pad? wassat?

I tried an eraser. It left a lot of color on and didn't work for the helmet because of the nooks and crannies.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:14 PM

I don't if it removes factory decals on minifigs but nail polish gets sharpie off of pretty much everything

Nail polish remover?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:25 PM

Brillo pad? wassat?

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Brillo_Pad

 

I guarantee you have one, or something very similar, in your house somewhere.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:32 PM

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Brillo_Pad

 

I guarantee you have one, or something very similar, in your house somewhere.

Okay, thanks. Would a sponge work or is that not course enough?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:37 PM

A soft bathroom sponge probably wouldn't work, (at least, not without a TON of scrubbing) but one of those stiffer dishwashing sponges should, yes.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:43 PM

A soft bathroom sponge probably wouldn't work, (at least, not without a TON of scrubbing) but one of those stiffer dishwashing sponges should, yes.

I have a dishwasher sponge. I tried using it, but I used the not-scrubby side.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:21 PM

Water and soap won't do much. You should just go straight to a very fine sandpaper-sponge because you need to sand away the layer of sharpie anyway. You can get them at nail salons for like 25 cents, they call them "emery boards" I think.

 

You could try a cotton swab dipped in acetone to get into the nooks and crannies.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:08 AM

 I guess I made a bad decision a couple years ago and decided to customize so many of my clones. :(

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Well I think everyone else has given you a good answer to help you out..but I will say I think some of us all at somepoint do this and then realize how bad a idea it was.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

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Perfume. Spray perfume. It will turn the permanent marker into liqui then quickly put it uner running water to wash the liquid paint away. Then after that you might wanna rub the surface with a piece of cloth or something to get the rest off.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:46 AM

I changed from modifying my custom minifigs with sharpie to using plastic model paint.  Of course though, when I do it, I want to leave them modded.  So far I customized 4 Stormtroopers, created my own Femshep, Kaidan Alenko, and Joker, and repainted different weapons such as an AK-47, Tommy Gun, custom SCAR MK-17, and created a simple Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road weapon, Old Glory, Ulysses's melee weapon made from an old Flag Post with and eagle at the top.

 

On a note about my Joker minifig, I am just going to by decals of ME3 fatigues from Saber Scorpion because I don't like how it turned out.  The others turned out great.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

Use a dry erase marker and cover over top the sharpie. The sharpie should wipe off with it if the same principle as a wipe board applies.


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