Are Sharpies telling the truth?

October 14, 2011 – Permanent markers come in handy when you want to leave a lasting ink impression.

One of the most popular brands of permanent markers, the Sharpie, is widely used around the world, and is often easily identified by their trademarked name.

But are they really permanent? Like cockroaches, will the ink survive a nuclear bomb?

No way, according to experts who research this type of thing. Permanent marker can be removed by using a non-acetone nail polish remover (remover with acetone may damage the surface), rubbing alcohol, hairspray or baking soda. Apply one of these compounds with a clean cloth and press it in to remove the stain.

While most washable inks are water-based and designed to break down easily, Sharpies use water-insoluble ink that contains a pigment agent and a binding agent to give them longevity.

So that’s that. Nothing is ever permanent, but sometimes it can feel that way.

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