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#1 -=Joel=-

 
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:40 AM

Question is in the title. I have put them in the dishwasher twice now and the pen is still as clear as ever :man_in_love:.

Any tips on how to remove the ink from my plant labels so that I can reuse them would be much appreciated.

Thank you

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:49 AM

Have you tried methylated spirits?

Failing that you could always sand paper them down.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:27 AM

An abrasive cleaner like 'Vim' (if it still exists) or 'Bar Keepers Friend', a nylon scouring pad and elbow grease.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:28 AM

A sharp knife and scrape it off Joel... :man_in_love:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:29 AM

razor blade works well.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:33 AM

razor blade works well.


Next question.. how do you get blood off of a plant label ;-)
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:38 AM

Next question.. how do you get blood off of a plant label ;-)

Let Seymour lick it off. :man_in_love:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:47 AM

I scratch it off, but only if you have enough nail :man_in_love:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:49 AM

A dab of methylated spirits on a tissue should take it off. If you have none handy, use a spray of eau-de-cologne - works just as well. Or even vodka might do.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:54 AM

Leave them in dilute bleach for 24 hours.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:06 PM

I'd try methylated spirits or surgical spirits.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:13 PM

It depends upon the particular pen. Alcohols won't touch a decent permanent ink.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:23 PM

A dab of methylated spirits on a tissue should take it off. Or even vodka might do.


So Rob, that means vodka consists of methanol? I knew it - somehow :man_in_love:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:24 PM

Your right Aidan. Alcohols are no good lol.

Alexis:- Does the bleach work or is it a guess ? Looks like the cheapest and easiest option so far.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:27 PM

How about acetone?

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:32 PM

Please don't waste good vodka on a plant label! :man_in_love: Just kidding! I've used very fine sandpaper with success...It usually comes off rather easily. :dance: Brian.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 13:58 PM

A wipe with a tissue dampened with Isopropyl alcohol will remove Write-4-All ink.
It won't touch pencil though.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 14:24 PM

Looks like the cheapest and easiest option so far.


Errrrrrrm that would be buying some new labels :teehee:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 14:33 PM

Brillo pads.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 15:27 PM

Try a bit of neat Jif (or Cif, or whatever stoopid name it has now!). Give it a bit of a rub. Comes off a dream!