How to Remove a Silk Screen Logo on Plastic

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How to Remove a Silk Screen Logo on Plastic
Remove smeared or smudged silkscreen logos and designs using a few common items. (silk colour image by coff47 from

Silk screening, or screen painting, is considered the most flexible way of printing. It's the most affordable and can be applied to countless materials including plastic surfaces. It is a stencil method of printing in which a logo or design is forced into a silk screen with areas coated in ink. Silk screen printing can be used for product warnings or brandings, designs and even with corporate logos. Mistakes may happen during the printing process, including inappropriate screen filter use, smears in the design and nudging in the screen. Remove the silk screen logo or design to clear the plastic and redo the printing.

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Things you need

  • Sponge
  • Dish washing soap
  • Soft cloths
  • Goo Gone
  • WD-40
  • Bucket

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    Coat the surface of the plastic with WD-40. Concentrate the spray on areas with the screen printed logo. Allow the WD-40 to stand for one to three minutes on the plastic and then wipe it off using a clean cloth. The WD-40 causes the ink to soften and wipe away.

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    Apply a small amount of Goo Gone stain dissolver to a soft cloth. Allow the Goo Gone to sit on the ink for one to three minutes. Rub the remaining ink off using the moistened cloth. Wipe the Goo Gone with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the logo has completely disappeared.

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    Add liquid dish washing soap to a small bucket of water. Dip a sponge in the soapy water and wipe the surface of the plastic to remove all chemical traces of the WD-40 and Goo Gone. Allow the plastic to dry before applying another silkscreen image to the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to remove the silk screen paint while it is still wet. Removing it when it has already dried may be nearly impossible in some cases and may even ruin or scratch the plastic.

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