How to Remove Ink From PVC

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How to Remove Ink From PVC
Remove ink from PVC. (coude en pvc de 45° (2) image by Marie-Thérèse GUIHAL from

PVC is a versatile, sturdy type of pipe with a low price point. When you purchase PVC, the pipes usually have ink stamps from the factory that indicate the diameter and thickness of the pipes. If you want to undertake a project such as building PVC furniture, remove all of the ink so the end result is aesthetically pleasing.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dry cloth or towel
  • Green scouring pad
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Acetone
  • 0000 steel wool

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  1. 1

    Wipe down the PVC using a clean, dry cloth. Remove any loose dirt and grime.

  2. 2

    Wet a green scouring pad. The pad should be saturated, but not dripping. Add a drop of liquid soap the size of a dime to the pad.

  3. 3

    Scrub the inked areas of the PVC. If the ink doesn't come off easily, apply a lot of pressure while you're scrubbing. PVC is a tough material; you won't break it by scrubbing too hard.

  4. 4

    Dry any damp areas on the PVC with a clean towel.

  5. 5

    Look at the PVC to see if there are any ink marks that were faded, but not completely removed.

  6. 6

    Apply 1 tsp acetone to a piece of 0000 steel wool, if the ink stains were not completely removed.

  7. 7

    Scrub the areas of the PVC where the ink stains remain. Add more acetone to the steel wool if necessary.

  8. 8

    Wipe down the PVC using a soapy cloth to remove any excess acetone.

  9. 9

    Dry any damp areas on the PVC with a clean towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to wear gloves when working with acetone.
  • Always wear a breathing mask when sanding. This prevents particles from entering your lungs.

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