Sarah Stocker - Mar 10, 2009

Permanent Marker + Whiteboard = No Problem!

It’s happened to all of us.  You’re writing on a dry erase board and look down in horror to discover that you’re holding a permanent marker.  Have no fear, the solution is quite simple.

Solution #1: The Easy Fix
Pick up a dry erase marker and write over the permanent marker – make sure you cover it all.  Then simply erase.  The marks should come right off.  You may have to repeat the process or let the ink sit for 5 minutes before erasing.  (FYI - The same technique works for ghost marks left when dry erase ink sits on the board too long.)

Solution #2: The MacGyver Method
Can’t find a dry erase marker?  Or have so much area to cover that this would be tedious?  I’ve been told that any of these products will also work.

  • Aerosol deodorant (not antiperspirant)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Any cola beverage
  • Pencil eraser (be careful not to scratch the board)
  • Deep pore cleanser
  • Nail polish remover (this can ruin some surfaces so test it on a small patch first)

by Sarah Stocker, Trainer and Workshop Coordinator at Turpin Communication

Written by Sarah Stocker

Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.