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Old 03-14-2018, 02:07 PM   #1
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Sharpie on stone - Have to replace?


I bought a stone, metal, and glass mosaic tile to install in my shower. I used a sharpie to mark the hole cutouts. Marks come off easily on the metal and glass but those on the whites stone seem to be permanent.

Have tried goo gone, wd-40, dry eraser, and alcohol - no effect.

Stone is very soft. Would rather not take out the eight or so stone pieces and trim and install new ones.

No hope?

Would appreciate comments.

Also, what is the suggested method for marking cut lines on this type of tile?

Mark on back only?

Thanks for any help you can provide -

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Old 03-14-2018, 02:37 PM   #2
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well I've not cut much tile, but have cut a ton of stone. Always used a hard lead pencil--10H when it was available, 9H these days. Stone ( limestone, marble and other soft stone) won't suck up pencil lead like it will anything fluid.

You might try sandpaper a little bit, might work if the sharpi ink did not go in too far, AND if the stone pieces do not have a polished finish. Some of the restorer guys (gals) have favorite poultice formulas they use to drawout stains--maybe one will show up.

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Old 03-17-2018, 02:11 PM   #3
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You will need to use a poultice with a solvent to remove the marker.

let me know if you need instructions

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Old 03-17-2018, 06:54 PM   #4
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Graffiti remover that contains methylene chloride from the hardware store has worked on some stones. You can purchase it in a small bottle. Worth a try if the alternative is removing a tile from an install.

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