Thanks for the tips, all! Much appreciated!
I'm thinking that Naptha might remove the marker without the abrasion , but I wouln't recommend brushing your teeth with it.
Lighter fluid will work as long as the marker hasn't penetrated the wood itself and is only sitting on the finish.
You can do it non-abrasively by using erasable whiteboard marker over the top. It acts as a solvent and you wipe it all off at once.
I never thought to use toothpaste to remove marker ink, so good on you Jon and thanks for doing this demo and sharing this technique! :shaka:
Actually, with all these excellent suggestions I wish I had posted a question rather than adopt the first solution I came across. I feel like an idiot actually! But then, I'm still learning. I appreciate the responses guys, very helpful. Still, I'm happy with the end result, though after reading this, wouldn't do it that way again. But I do have the best smelling hands in my street.
Go to a store for artists supplies. They have lacquers made for protecting handdrawings. They might have something that is compatible with marker pens.I have a Lanikai ukulele that I now use primarily for collecting autographs. I noticed that some of the sharpie signatures had faded so I went to Home Depot to get some clearcoat to seal them in.
BIG mistake, that stuff ended up dissolving the signatures.
I have since started having the performers use a paint marker.
The sad thing is that two of the signers have passed away (Rev. Dennis Kamakahi was one of them) and I wish I had a reliable method for preserving what is still there.