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SilverBaretta

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I was looking through my old NES cartridges, and a couple of the second-hand ones I own have the names of the original owners written on them in Sharpie permanent marker. Does anyone have any tips to get rid of it?

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Write over it with another Sharpie ;)

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If it's permament ink, I'm sorry that it cannot get removed. :(
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Use some turpentine on the writing, worked on my N64 cartridges.

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Aviator wrote:

Use some turpentine on the writing, worked on my N64 cartridges.

Thanks, I'll try that. Also, I forgive you Starboy. :)

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Use rubbing alcohol; turpentine can take off a layer of paint on the cartridge

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here's what wikipedia had to say :3

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Heres what creative homemaking had to say.

Tip #1: Hairspray sometimes works - or maybe the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (if it's vinyl).

Tip #2: Try toothpaste, I just saw this on the Today show.

Tip #3: I haven't tried this but have had GREAT success with lots of other marks on vinyl floor. It is a new product called Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It literally erases marks. It sells for about $2 here. You can use it many times though..good luck!

Tip #4: Try denatured alcohol. My (then) 2 year old son got Sharpie all over his room during what was supposed to be his nap time. It was on the carpet, walls, furniture, window, curtains, bedding and of course him. It did a good job on most of the things. (Don't use it on skin!)

Tip #5: Nail Polish Remover. Just remember it has to be the original cheaper stuff and pour it on the sharpie mark and leave about 15 minutes or so and then wipe it off, you may have to scrub it a bit but it will come off, and laminate flooring too...Nikki

Tip #6: The idea of toothpaste getting rid of sharpie marks is right on target. Used it to remove sharpie marker, both fresh and old, from dining room table, and it works wonders!

Tip #7: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to the contributors to the posting on removing Sharpie marker markings. Especially the person who posted tip #4. I walked out of my child's middle school today to find that one of her school mates had dragged a black sharpie down the side of my car from the trunk to the hood. My champagne colored car was not looking too good! Thank God for this posting that mentioned the use of alcohol for removing Sharpie marker. I went outside and tried it with a cotton ball and it immediately removed every bit of the marker. THANK YOU!

Tip #8: Black permanent marker was on our $3500+ French slider doors on the white vinyl part done by my 2 yr old. I can't believe it came off w/toothpaste and a wash cloth. The window company had NO suggestion for me to remove it and said sorry, but we would have to live with it or replace! THANK YOU TO THE ONE WHO DISCOVERED THIS HOME REMEDY! I LOVE YOU :)...Selina

Tip #9: Thank you for the idea of using toothpaste to remove Sharpie marker. My four-year-old son just wrote all over our new dining chairs and it took it right off! I'm amazed!...Wendy

Tip #10: Try a dry erase marker to remove a sharpie mark. It works on most non porious materials...Chris

Tip #11: I just tried the toothpaste tip using Colgate "Total Whitening Gel" on a Sharpie mark on a vinyl kitchen floor. The mark came out in seconds! If denatured alcohol also works, then I suspect that the glycerin in the toothpaste is the active cleaning agent...Jeff

Tip #12: I used Glass Cook Top Cleaner by Weiman, and a scrubbie pad. Just wet the pad, apply the cleaner, rub in a circle, and off it comes. Just that easy!! I used this to remove sharpie from the countertop and cabinet at 6 am after my 4 year-old decided to be an artist during the night!...Janice

Tip #13: Be aware that the toothpaste method is an abrasive one. It is removing material from whatever surface you are rubbing it on...Brynna

Tip #14: Suntan lotion works, we have used it and a friend of ours who has twins that love to draw everywhere used it...it works...Kellye

Tip #15: Thanks so much for the toothpaste idea. My 2-year-old grandson just scribbled a 4X3 design on the new bamboo floor the landlord installed in my kitchen. Besides taking the Sharpie right off, my kitchen now smells minty fresh! :>) Now maybe the toothpaste will take the sharpie off of the artwork he wrote on himself. Now where did he go?....he's wayyy to quiet....yikes...Joan

Tip #16: I'm not certain what "denatured" alcohol is, but my twin 2-year-old girls thought it would be a riot to draw all over my kitchen cabinets with a blue Sharpie - and each other. While their mustaches eventually faded, I was left with some very blue doodles on my very brown cabinets until I went at them with a $2 box of q-tips and a $.59 bottle of rubbing alcohol. Simply saturate the q-tip with alcohol, rub the marker, and TADA, no more Sharpie. Test in a non conspicuous place to see if it will take off paint or finish first and use a paper towel to catch any drips. You may also want to wear gloves if your hands are already dry...Karla

Tip #17: If it's not a painted surface, and you have no other choice, forget paint thinner and acetone. MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) will take it right off without scrubbing at all! It can be found at a local hardware store right next to the paint thinner. I used it to get sharpie off the side of our family TV and refrigerator!...Alec

Tip #18: Alcohol to remove Sharpie worked immediately. My daughter made red sharpie dots on my soft touch flat screen computer monitor. I put a tiny bit of alcohol on a q-tip and lightly rubbed the red dots and they went away instantly. Thank You for the great tip!...Lisa

Tip #19: OMG!!! Thank you guys for posting your comments about the tooth paste on furniture my 4 year old wrote all over my dresser with sharpie. I am a single mom and this furniture is recently new. I was so upset when I saw it. Thank you again your guys have made my day...Jennifer

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SilverBaretta

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Rubber erasers? Weird. Also, i'm not sure if I have a lot of those chemicals, but i'll check. Also, thanks for the responses, i'll be sure to give them a try and tell you which one worked.

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Watch what you use or it will mess up the plastic underneath. As much as I hate to say it, spit works quite well with a lot of rubbing. I've taken plenty off of SNES carts I bought at pawn shops years ago. Never found one yet I couldn't get the marker off of. :)

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Goo Gone works wonders! You should be able to pick it up at Wal-Mart and it works great for stickers!!!

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MFGreth

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@SilverBlacktail

DO NOT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER!

Nail polish remover will remove the actual paint off the cartridge, you do not want that. As a retro gaming collector, your best bet is to use isopropyl rubbing alcohol and something to rub it down with; toothbrushes and cotton balls work wonders. Another possibility is a light dose of Windex. I've never tried toothpaste, but it's a possibility.

Like i said though, I've defeated many an old initial on my NES carts with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. You do have to work it out, it can take up to fifteen minutes sometimes. Just keep at it, and try not to get any on the label. Some labels are immune, some are not; different companies used different inks. As for the nail polish remover, DO NOT DO IT. I severely disfigured my copy of Startropics that way, which is especially sad considering thats my all time fav game.

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SilverBaretta

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@Wolf&MFGreth
Great! Good tips!

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MFGreth

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SilverBlacktail wrote:

@Wolf&MFGreth
Great! Good tips!

I would like to say Goo Gone does work wonder on stupid stickers on NES/SNES carts, so props to Wolf for that. Also, after flipping my shenanigans (heh heh) I do remember that nail polish remover is generally okay with SNES carts, but like I said, terrible for NES. If there is simply sharpie you CANNOT get off a SNES cart, mix some nail polish remover, water, and isopropyl alcohol. That should do it. Never ever ever on NES carts though.

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Corbie wrote:

Watch what you use or it will mess up the plastic underneath. As much as I hate to say it, spit works quite well with a lot of rubbing. I've taken plenty off of SNES carts I bought at pawn shops years ago. Never found one yet I couldn't get the marker off of. :)

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SilverBaretta

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Well, after a while of rubbing, i can conclude that alcohol is definitely the best way to go. I used rubbing alcohol, and it worked fine, you just have to rub a lot. Thanks for everyone's responses. ;)

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You're welcome!

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I realize this thread is several years old, but it's one of the top hits on Google for clean SNES sharpie.

Also found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcAKWLj3I60

Definitely works for SNES and N64 carts. Instead of Axe, I used Bath & Body Works Noir (had it on hand) and it also worked.

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Magic Erasers do the trick. Worked on a few carts and a Controller for me.

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