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Hardware Thread, Cleaning paint off of a SMARTBoard in Technical; Long version: Paint - The Angry Technician Short version: Anyone have recommendations for what I can use to remove emulsion ...
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    Cleaning paint off of a SMARTBoard

    Long version: Paint - The Angry Technician

    Short version: Anyone have recommendations for what I can use to remove emulsion paint from a SMARTBoard without destroying it?

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    isnt emultion water based? surely a damp cloth should remove it? Its not like it is a gloss paint, which can be a twat to remove.

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    Would Turps or similar cause damage to the surface?

    Why wasn't it covered with a dust sheet?! I would hope the site manager deducts cleaning costs from the bill...

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    I was already thinking water should take it off, but interested to know what else I can safely use if I need something with more clout.

    Why wasn't it covered? Who knows. The rest of the room had been emptied (including the carpets as they are being replaced) and I guess the painters thought they were being careful? Ironically, it was they who eventually tracked down the caretaker and asked how to remove the boards so they could paint behind them! The caretaker had a go at removing them himself before he finally realised to ask the person who had just started 4 weeks ago to deal with these sorts of problems.

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    Where abouts on the board is the paint?

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    You could try nail varnish remover and see if this helps.

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    Fine droplets across the entire board. Basically, the spatter from using a paint roller.

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    Green Scourer pad, they are not that harsh really that should shift it, or a fairly blunt paint scraper carefully used on it that will probably do it, but obviously in the future kick the site team up the bottom and say tell me and I will remove them

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    We've got some orange "Mr Muscle" cleaner in a spray bottle at work. It shifts everything (including permanant marker) we've needed to shift off IWBs so far...

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    I'd phone somebody at Steljes and ask

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    Did you have any luck sorting this out, AT?

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    Not yet. I was told the painters had been instructed to clean it off and had left instructions about what not to use, and was waiting to see if they actually did it.

    Of course, they didn't. I'll be sorting them out next week (the boards, not the painters).

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    I used to use Ethanol when teachers wrote on the board with permanant markers rather than dry wipe ones, never did any harm at all. That should work for the paint too, any alcohol based cleaner would in fact, the boards are pretty resilient things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busybub View Post
    I'd phone somebody at Steljes and ask
    I would call the tech support and ask them that way if it does go pear shaped you may at least have some sort of come back but am guessing if you try with water first and if that does not work then an alcohol based product as above ( ethanol or isopropyl ) but am guessing when you call support they should be able to advise you better.

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    I'd agree with the scourer recommendation.

    When emulsion dries (before it really dries on) you can often just peel it off... so gently using a scourer should do the trick. You might even get it off by picking at it with your thumbnail... but if there's a lot of spots that's going to get very boring indeed.

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