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How to Get Crayon Marks Off Painted Walls

Your little Picasso just expanded his canvas to your beautifully painted walls. Before panic ensues, try these methods for removing crayon and permanent marker scribbles from walls.

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You've stumbled upon some scribbles on your wall and want them gone ASAP -- but how? As a father of three, paint expert Brian Santos has done his fair share of crayon and permanent marker removal. With these expert scribble-erasing tips, your walls will be back to normal in no time.

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The best way to remove crayon stains is to fold an old T-shirt into a pad several layers thick and place it over the mark, then set an iron at medium heat and run it over the pad. This act lifts the marks off the wall and onto the T-shirt.

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

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Walls

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-base sealer. Sand between coats.

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