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Thread: An Inky Situation

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    Senior Member mkanderson's Avatar
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    Now this is going to sound silly but I need some advice on how to wash off “ink”. :oops: :( :?: :?:
    My DH will cut out my pieces for me for my Grandmothers Flower Garden, Bow Tie… etc. IF I draw them on the wrong side of the fabric and he cuts while watching TV.

    I have plastic templates that are now starting to get ink build up around the edges…. pretty bad on some of them. Anyone have any ideas of what to use to get it off?

    Any ideas or suggestions welcome as I am not sure what to use!!!
    Mary

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    I would try Hair spray. It removes ink on fabric. Good luck

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    How about rubbing alcohol? What kind of ink do you use?

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    Try finger polish remover. Most ink in pens now is low quality so it isn't hard to remove as it use to be. When I mark fabric I use Crayola Washable Markers fine tip. It washes right out of the fabric or whatever else it gets on. Blue color seems to be the one stubborn color marker to wash out but the other colors wash out just fine.

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    If these are thin plastic templates rather than thick acrylic templates, I would definitely test any solvents on a small area to make sure they won't melt or warp the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    How about rubbing alcohol? What kind of ink do you use?
    I use just regular Bic ink pen as this is the wrong side of the material and will not be seen and he cuts on the line.

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    These are the thick acrylic templates (one is a thinner one but still acrylic). The rest are 1/8 inch thick or so. :?:

    Thanks for all the answers Barb V , BellaBoo and Prism99. I think I will try the hair spray and the polish remover and the rubbing alcohol. Then I will see which one(s) work the best and post back to let you know in case someone else does this! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Thanks
    Mary

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    How abt using an extra ultra (what the finest point is) black SHARPIE. I dont think the ink would build up like a BIC. They do get "gooey" sometimes! Hope this helps!

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    I am just impressed your husband cuts them out for you! Mine pets the dog and watches tv while I work on my quilts!

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    If you use Nail Polish Remover, make sure it's non-acitone. If it's not, it'll melt your plastic/acrylic.

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    Have you tried goo-gone? I use it for everything.

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    The ultimate answer for ball point ink is spit, yes human spit. It's the acid in our saliva. Try having your hubby use a #3 pencil instead of the ball point. It leaves a fine line and doesn't smudge like a pen or #2. For cutting around templates that should work. If you have a chance to get somewhere to buy a marking pencil consider the Sewline fabric pencil. It's a mechanical pencil, designed for marking on fabrics - comes off with a special eraser or dab some water on it. Comes in different colors or buy one and use different refills. They are a bit pricey. I bought them Sunday for $12.95 each. Tried the black one and it works.

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    The spit test is best. We use it when trying to see if a signature is a photocopy or real.

    (A bit of trivia you'll probably never use.)

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