Posted by Sharon (220.127.116.11) on September 06, 2002 at 00:23:26:
In Reply to: Re: Removal of Permanent Ink from ducks! posted by Charlotte on September 04, 2002 at 19:52:11:
> Oh, you are welcome!! I wouldn't even be a collector of our favourite quackers if it weren't for Duckplanet!!
> Sharon! Thank you for this tip. You're my hero! I can't wait to try this.
> > Hi
> > I wanted to share this with everyone because it is so amazing! I recently purchased an Ernie rubber duck that had ink marks scribbled all over it. I tried several of the recommended remedies including hairspray (made him sticky but didn't remove the ink) pumice stone (don't try this -- scratches the vinyl) and bleach (he came out very clean but didn't fade the ink)
> > I checked out a doll restoration site and they suggested Oxy-10 (or Oxy-5 in Canada) pimple /acne cream. Use the vanishing type that comes in a little tube. You slather this all over the duck and leave it on for anywhere from 1-3 weeks. It dries into a white powdery form. When I washed the duck after ten days, there was not a trace of the ink, and there was no damage to the duck. It was like a miracle! I couldn't believe it myself!
> > The only thing they cautioned against was putting the duck in a sunny location as this can fade the vinyl. The chemical in the cream stays active in the vinyl even after you wash off the surface.
> > Hope this helpful hint will be useful to duck lovers out there!