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Ink Stains

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by musicman13, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. musicman13

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    I foolishly left a pen in one of the chest pockets on my shirt which is grey and now I've got an awesome black blob of ink from the wash. Does anybody know an effective and safe way to remove it, or at the very least dull it down so it isn't quite as noticeable.Getting a new shirt is not an option in this case. The shirt is polyester and cotton.
     
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    Did you dry it in the dryer? If not, here's one option. I have done it and it worked well. Another options is to use one of the ink removers, like Amodex.
     
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    Get the cheapest nastiest smelling hair spray you can find and an old toothbrush. Works every time.


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    ^Hairspray will completely remove it.
     
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    I just learned something new today. Good stuff.
     
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    Hairspray! That stuff saved a dress shirt of mine.
     
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    The first step in the link provided uses hairspray, but then goes further. Hairspray and some ink ingredients have changed, and from personal experience, the old standby of hairspray doesn't always work. Alcohol dabbed on the stain helps tremendously. And dabbing and patience are a virtue!
     
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    I think the hairspray trick only worked when you had the compressed product with CFCs :) Now that we've pretty much banned them, I don't think it works as well anymore.

    Most inks (water based) can be cleaned out with Amodex, ballpoint inks usually have some sort of oil base that Alcohol removes. Some inks (Noodlers fountain pen ink for example) are permanent and can not be washed out. ** Except for baystate blue which leaves nasty stains until you put some bleach on it. :) **
     
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    Mom always used rubbing alcohol, but that was before washing and drying.

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    Everclear (190-proof) pure grain alcohol will remove most ink-based stains that other stuff fails on....

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    Should say "if" you awaken G!
     
  12. musicman13

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    Thanks everyone. I used the hairspay trick and it worked like a charm.
     
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    Congrats. More stubborn stains can be camouflaged by dyeing your clothes.
     
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    I have a gel ink stain on a pair of Under Armour tactical pants. Tried everything and came to the conclusion that gel ink doesnt come out.
    Glad it worked for the OP though.