Removing Crayon from Stained Cedar Siding

Old 07-10-20, 10:06 AM
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Removing Crayon from Stained Cedar Siding

Our little one found a crayon that had escaped from its box. They made a few long lines on a stretch of our stained cedar siding.

Does anyone have thoughts on how we can get it off? The rough texture and delicate nature of the wood is making it tricky.
Old 07-10-20, 10:21 AM
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I would try acetone on a small area. It can dissolve wax. The big question is what the acetone will do to the stain. Hopefully it won't touch the stain and you can use the acetone and a soft bristled brush (toothbrush?) to dissolve and scrub the wax out of the pores. Putting the solvent in a spray bottle may help spray it away. I would mask the area below with plastic and seal the top edge with tape so the solvent & wax removed from above doesn't get deposited back on the wood below.
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I'd scrape what I could with a razor blade then try denatured alcohol first. If that doesn't help them lacquer thinner.
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I like the suggestion for trying denatured alcohol first. Acetone or lacquer thinner will likely work but I'd expect it to dissolve the stain also.
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These are amazing ideas. Thank you!

I will try testing with some denatured alcohol from a spray bottle with a soft-bristled toothbrush in a small area. I'll post an update with how it works out.
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Crayons are wax, they dissolve in WD-40

You can ALSO remove crayon by covering with paper towels and holding a hot clothes iron against the towels to wick the wax away.

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