jlpollard
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Research Help! Permanent Marker Project

Postby jlpollard » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:20 pm

I have chosen the science fair project "How permanent are permanent markers? What solvents (e.g., water, alcohol, vinegar, detergent solution) will remove the ink? Do different brands/types of markers produce the same results?" I am having a very difficult time finding research for my paper. In fact, most of what I am finding is about stain removal. Does anyone have an idea of a good place to start looking? Thank you so much for your time!

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Postby staryl13 » Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:28 pm

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -Isaac Asimov

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Postby bradleyshanrock-solberg » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:35 pm

The prior poster had the right idea. Look for sites online where cleaning tips are provided for ideas.

If they suggest household cleaners (eg, Window Cleaner), go to the supermarket and read the ingredients label. Most of these have only a few basic ingredients (bleach, alchohol, ammonia, a few others)

Those would be good candidates. Be aware however that many cleansers are dangerous in high concentrations (they can burn you, or emit toxic fumes) and especially in combination. (combining bleach and ammonia can get chlorine gas...don't mix your cleansers...and stick to small quantities)

You might also want to talk to anyone you know who has done stain removal for a long time. Your parents, grandparents, anyone who has worked as a maid, etc. The internet is fine, but real life can turn up some really interesting ideas. (when to use cold water vs hot water, as an example)


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