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Old 08-24-2006, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hey I have a RCA 52" CRT in the basement for the kids. Well, the 6 yr old put a small pen mark on the screen (blue). The pen is more like a marker. Tried water with a cloth, but no good. Any body have some suggestions!? The screen is not the tube but feel's like a plasitc screen. I will take any help on this one.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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If water is no good then attempting to remove the pen mark could potentially damage the screen. You said an RCA 52" right? Wouldn't that make it a CRT Rear Projection TV, rather than a direct-view CRT? There's a big difference in the way they work and the material the screen would be made out of.

I am not sure what is the safest way to go about removing that pen mark. You will need some kind of solvent that is not water. Things that might work would be mineral spirits (paint thinner), rubbing alcohol, or one of the various specialty paint/ink-removing liquids that you can buy at stores. Try looking around at your local drugstore/Walmart/Kmart/Target in the soaps section for sprays or stuff, and read the back to say what they claim they can safely remove. Or if you don't find anything there places like City Mill and Home Depot have more stuffs.

I guarantee that you can get that ink stain off, but the question will be finding the solvent that will remove it the most safely with the least chance of causing damage to your screen. I am not sure what Rear Projection TV screens are made out of or if they are easily damaged or not. Lacquer thinner will almost assuredly get rid of that ink stain, but that's also probably one of the most vile things you can put onto your screen. That'd probably be your last resort solvent.

Anyone else please modify or fix my advice in case it is bad.

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Old 08-25-2006, 06:25 AM   #3
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Tried my wife's finger nail polish remover and it worked great! No damage to the screen.
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:49 PM   #4
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You were very lucky - that stuff is very damaging to many plastics!
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Finger nail polish remover is also often used to remove superglue I think. It's another kind of solvent, I think it is probably similar to acetone which is what most superglue removers are based on.

Anyway, glad to hear it worked. I think acetone is a rather vile substance too, it may not have been the safest solvent to have used but as long as your screen is still okay it does not matter.
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Even though you were successfull, I will add it is always best to try any cleaner or solvent in a corner of the screen before trying on the middle.
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I used to have a 40" Mitsubishi rear-projection t.v. Got those spots all the time. The problem is that the plastic screen on the front has a lot of little channels that you have to penetrate to get the marks off.
(This was an older unit so the screen may be a little different now.)

Simple Green is something that works pretty well on just about anything and the smell doesn't knock you out either. Try that next time you get any of the marks on the screen.
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yes be careful with acetone(component of nail polish remover) around plastics. Place i used to work used acetone for cleaning machine parts.
Used to have fun pouring it into those white foam plastic coffee cups.
(the cups melt and almost disappear)
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Our son recently marked on our rear projection screen with an ink pen. I called an electronics store, and they told me to use a Mr. clean magic Eraser. I tried it, and it worked pefectly, without damaging the screen.
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