Using a Sharpie on desktop

Discussion in 'General Education' started by ChristyF, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 3, 2015

    I've seen a lot of ideas from teachers about writing on student desktops with a Sharpie/paint pen and how easilythey come off. I have paint pen in hand, but I'm too chicken to take the final step. Lol have any of you done it? I'm wanting to label their jobs (just one or two letters) on the corner of their desk. It would stay all year. If you've used the pens, which did you use? Was it oil based? Thanks!!
     
  2.  
  3. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    572

    Jul 3, 2015

  4. dgpiaffeteach

    dgpiaffeteach Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    147

    Jul 3, 2015

    I can get sharpie off the desks by just going over it with a dry erase marker. Comes right off. We've done that on whiteboards after the sharpie has been there for months.
     
  5. ChildWhisperer

    ChildWhisperer Groupie

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    422

    Jul 3, 2015

    If you're still worried, you can use a bit of the thin & clear packing tape and use a sharpie on top of that. Those come off easily and doesn't leave any sticky stuff.

    Another option is the Magic Eraser. That stuff makes everything come off really easily! :)
     
  6. HistoryVA

    HistoryVA Devotee

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    38

    Jul 3, 2015

    You can always use Wet Erase markers too. They usually last me 2-3 weeks before starting to rub off (unless my students actively use bottled water or something to mess with it).
     
  7. FarFromHome

    FarFromHome Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,857
    Likes Received:
    2

    Jul 3, 2015

    I haven't used them, but some coworkers did. They said it didn't stay on all year.
     
  8. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 3, 2015

    I'm trying to avoid tape. I used adhesive pockets last year and by the end of the year they looked awful. Kids would randomly pick on them and it was bad. I'm fine redoing the paint throughout the year. In fact, I feel better thinking that the paint won't be on all year for me to clean off. lol I use Sharpie on laminated items in my room and clean it off with a dry erase marker. It's just the desks that made me nervous.
     
  9. FarFromHome

    FarFromHome Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,857
    Likes Received:
    2

    Jul 3, 2015

    I would just test it on one desk first since you're worried.
     
  10. 4815162342

    4815162342 Companion

    Joined:
    May 17, 2014
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    13

    Jul 3, 2015

    Sharpie usually comes off with a comet bleach/water paste.
     
  11. ChildWhisperer

    ChildWhisperer Groupie

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    422

    Jul 3, 2015

    Magic Eraser it is then! :)

    That stuff also takes off goo leftover from old contact paper!
    I even used it once to "clean" my white birkenstock sandals and it started taking off the black birkenstock logo so I had to stop.. :lol:
     
  12. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 3, 2015

    I've done some research and several blogs say that Clorox wipes remove the oil based paint. So, that's out. We use wipes on our desks almost daily to clean. I know the regular Sharpie comes off easily, so I'm going to stick with that. Thanks!
     
  13. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Maven

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    5,557
    Likes Received:
    1,082

    Jul 3, 2015

    I write on my desks and white board with sharpie. It comes off with rubbing alcohol.
     
  14. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,955
    Likes Received:
    2,107

    Jul 3, 2015

    I use post its or 3x5 cards taped to kids' desks to remind them of pull outs, behavior contracts, schedules, etc....cleaning desks is not what I do...kids wipe weekly with baby wipes....not going to be buying special cleaning products or exerting too much energy into clearing paint pens or sharpie off desks....:2cents: plus my kiddos change seating every other month or so...taking a post it or 3x5 card with them to new desk is more expeditious!
     
  15. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 3, 2015

    My kids normally clean their own desks, but I'm certainly not too good to clean a desk.
     
  16. MelissainGA

    MelissainGA Groupie

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Messages:
    1,233
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 3, 2015

    Sharpie on desks can easily be removed by a Magic Eraser. I wrote on some last year and when I started to want to move them around two or three swipes with the Magic Eraser and it was gone.
     
  17. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 3, 2015

    I'll definitely go the magic eraser route for the cleanup. :) thanks!
     
  18. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    3,644
    Likes Received:
    108

    Jul 4, 2015

    If you write over Sharpie with a whiteboard marker (I buy cheap ones at a dollar store for this purpose), it will take the Sharpie off. I keep some of the Expo marker cleaner spray handy to get it completely off.

    (I found out this trick when a teacher accidentally wrote on my whiteboard with Sharpie. Another teacher knew exactly what to do! :) )
     
  19. Tasha

    Tasha Phenom

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,391
    Likes Received:
    5

    Jul 4, 2015

    I write on stuff with sharpies no problem - hand sanitizer gets it off.
     
  20. Ms_C

    Ms_C Comrade

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jul 4, 2015

    I wrote on my desks this year with sharpies because my 5th graders would frequently "forget" where they sat. It was also a huge help for a sub if I was out. The only problem I had was that I had an amazing custodian who would clean my desk several times a week to the writing faded quickly.
     
  21. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    18,935
    Likes Received:
    679

    Jul 4, 2015

    I used to clean the desks every day before I left. Just the idea of those germs made me crazy.
     
  22. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jul 4, 2015

    Me, too, Daisy. I have three groups of kids rotating through there. Lots of germs floating around.
     
  23. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    18,935
    Likes Received:
    679

    Jul 4, 2015

    Shuddering....
     
  24. otterpop

    otterpop Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2013
    Messages:
    3,877
    Likes Received:
    1,485

    Jul 5, 2015

    I use Sharpie oil based pens, and goo gone also, but the goo gone stinks up the room terribly, so be sure you have good ventilation when using it. Although, but students (somewhat sneakily ) discovered that hand sanitizer works just as well to remove the marker. I used hand sanitizer to take it off desks at the end if the year. Other than that, they're permanent until you want to get rid of them.

    Edit: sorry, I don't use Goo Gone! I use Goof Off. http://www.amazon.com/Goof-Off-Miracle-Remover-4-5-Ounce/dp/B001AHAN2M
     
  25. kellzy

    kellzy Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2013
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    92

    Jul 5, 2015

    Write over any permanent marker with dry erase marker. Takes it off like magic.
    I write with sharpie on my kids' desks all the time. I write on my board with sharpie sometimes when I need something to stay for a while.
    I've never had something not come off with the dry erase marker trick.
     
  26. GeetGeet

    GeetGeet Companion

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2012
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    9

    Jul 5, 2015

    Art teacher here. Sharpie will be completely removed with isopropyl rubbing alcohol--90% works, not the 70%.

    As for oil based pens, try Terpenoid Natural:
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/w...hBi2JO5kKCVwZ0q1e78PIdQ9-1esTERL_ShoC3nDw_wcB

    It doesn't stink like a solvent and a little goes a long way. If you're worried about fumes, however, sharpie marker and alcohol are probably the least toxic--just open windows if needed.
     
  27. GeetGeet

    GeetGeet Companion

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2012
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    9

    Jul 5, 2015

    another thought: you might want to try making a stencil or getting stencils that you can re-use to refresh your writing. FYI--kids LOVE writing on desks so giving them "stencil duty" might be a great reward that they would be psyched to have!
     
  28. hatima

    hatima Devotee

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Messages:
    1,081
    Likes Received:
    2

    Jul 6, 2015

    I had not thought of just using a sharpie to write on desks. I do know hand sanitizer helps remove sharpie.

    I have let students use desks as dry erase boards.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. rpan,
  2. K1teach,
  3. sevenplus
Total: 723 (members: 5, guests: 700, robots: 18)
test