Expert Advice: Removing Wall Scribbles

Painting expert Brian Santos discusses removing crayon marks. Read more in his new book, "Painting Secrets."

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Q. How can I get crayon marks off painted walls?

Brian Santos: With three children, I've tackled more than my share of crayon marks on the wall. The best way to remove these stains is to fold an old T-shirt into a pad several layers thich and place it over a crayon mark, then set an iron at medium heat and run it over the pad.

If it doesn't remove the crayon mark entirely, heat the mark with a hair dryer and blot away as much as possible. Seal with two coats of white-pigmented, oil-based sealer, sanding lightly between coats.

For scribbles from permanent markers, lightly dab the spot with nail polish remover. Rub the area with a liquid deglosser, such as Oops! or Goof Off. When dry, sand with 120-grit sandpaper, then wipe away the sanding dust. Seal with two coats of white-pigmented, oil-based sealer. Sand between coats.

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