Removing Paint Pen From Tolex

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  1. thunderstruck507

    thunderstruck507 Well-Known Member

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    The TSL100 head I purchased has 2 large music note symbols painted on the ends. Appears to have been done with a silver paint pen, at first I thought it might just be Sharpie permanent marker but alcohol wipes didn't even begin to touch it so now I'm thinking it's actual enamel or acrylic paint.

    Before I start experimenting with solvents I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask what might remove the paint but not harm the color of the tolex?
     
  2. tbonesullivan

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    The problem is that the solvents will most likely start messing with the tolex/vinyl before the paint comes off.

    That said, have you tried using physical methods? Like duct tape or packing tape? That may simply pull the paint right off.
     
  3. Kiko

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    Try acetone, test in a in a small/inconspicuous area first.
     
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    wd-40
     
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  7. thunderstruck507

    thunderstruck507 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, think I may try those in order of least abrasive.

    Duct tape
    Goo Gone
    Wd40
    409
    and then test acetone on the back and see if it hurts the tolex or not
     
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    ricksconnected Well-Known Member

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    WD will pull it off no problem.
     
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    And if all else fails, scrape/pick it off/out with a curved scalpel blade. Laborious, and you have to be very light-handed and careful not to damage the tolex, but it does work! Any tiny bits that you just can't get off then touch up with a good quality black permanent marker, and rub over hard and vigorously with a finger or thumb. Works wonders!
     
  10. GT08

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    Acetone (Nail Varnish remover) works on a lot of stuff.
    White Spirit.
    Solvent Electrical/Contact cleaner.
     
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