Remove Permanent Marker From Guitar Finish

Hey. I got an awesome band to sign my acoustic guitar this summer, but since then, their 
signatures have gotten smudged and it looks terrible! How can I get the permanent marker
off without hurting the finish of my guitar?
I've tried water with no success. Any suggestions?!
Any help you can give is much appreciated. Thanks!


If the ink has stained the finish then it may have to be sanded and rebuffed.  If the instrument is not Martin, Gibson or most USA brands then you can try to use Alcohol and a cotton swab then dry cloth.  Definitely try in a small area first to make sure the finish is not real lacquer!  The Alcohol is usually the best to remove the ink from a permanent marker.

Tim Lawson  


Note:  Also see Tip 185

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