How to Paint Over Felt-Tip Pens

Written by sue ake | 13/05/2017
How to Paint Over Felt-Tip Pens
Paste-style toothpaste works well at removing felt-tip pen marks from many surfaces. (tube toothpaste image by Leonid Nyshko from

Before painting, it is important to prepare the surface. Simply painting over some blemishes will hide them, but it will not hide marks from felt-tip pens. A felt-tip pen mark will bleed through the new paint and become visible once the paint dries. Before painting any surface with this type of mark, take a few simple steps to prepare the surface and save time and money.

Apply a thick layer of paste-style toothpaste over the felt-tip pen mark. Leave the paste for 30 minutes.

Wet a sponge, and scrub the toothpaste into the spot. Wipe away the toothpaste reside, and rinse the surface. Allow the spot to dry.

Apply surface primer with a paintbrush to seal any residual ink from the pen. Allow the primer to dry before covering with the desired paint colour.


Gel-type toothpaste will not work to remove the stain.

Tips and warnings

  • Gel-type toothpaste will not work to remove the stain.

Things you need

  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Primer

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