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How to Remove Autographs from Jerseys

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I have developed a process to remove autographs from jersey, and I have had some really good success with it.  I also have use this method to remove puck marks on jerseys as well.  What you will need:

  • Amodex - works really well to get the Sharpie to release from the jersey
  • Clorox Bleach Pen (Only on a White Jersey - it will ruin color jerseys!)
  • Acetone - Needed to move the remaining residue from the jersey
  • Towel
  • Rag (I used old white undershirts)

 

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Here is how the jersey looked before I started to work on it.  This is an Ultrafil Hawks jersey and my guess is the autograph is from the early 90's so it has been set in the jersey for a long time.  Not sure who the autograph is, and I guess it doesn't matter as I personally am not a big fan of autographs.  This jersey is in mint condition so I want to get this removed for customization.

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When getting started, you need to use the towel between the jersey - the Amodex will activate the Sharpie and will bleed through the jersey.  The towel will catch this.  Fold the towel at least a couple times.  I have had the Sharpie good through the towel when I did not fold it once.  The couple of layers will make sure you don't have to repeat the process on the other side.  Use your fingernail to dig the gel into the Sharpie.  This is time consuming and is a slow process. Use your rag to remove the marker as it comes off. Once I go over the entire Autograph and remove a good amount of the marker, I will flip the jersey inside out, and repeat the process.

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Since this is a white jersey, next I use the Clorox Bleach Pen.  Again, this is only for White jersey and make sure you avoid any color areas on the jersey.  If you get this on the color part of the jersey, it will bleach that area and you will ruin the jersey.  I basically do the same process as before using your fingernail to get into all the areas the autograph is on.  If this was a color jersey, I would just continue with the Amodex.

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Once I get a good amount of the jersey off, I go to the trusty Acetone to remove any remaining residue.  For those that use Acetone to remove poor customization, it is the same basic idea.  I would have probably use more Acetone than I did, but I ran out - on to the hardware store to get more.

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At this point, I use my typical cleaning process for any jersey used I get/needs to be cleaned

  • Soak in Oxyclean
  • Wash with light amount of detergent and Oxyclean on Delicate Cycle, cold wash/cold rinse, lowest spin cycle, hang to dry

Here is the final result:

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As you can see, there is still a very faint indication, but much better than before.  And if I hadn't run out of Acetone, it would have been perfect.  In this case, whatever is left over is going to be covered by a nameplate, so I am happy with the result.  As I mention, this also work on a puck marks that I tried it on.  Here is a jersey that I used it on - before from The Dude before I got the jersey from him, the second picture the end result.

20180228_213103_zpspdttmjdu1991-92 Gary Leeman Toronto Maple Leafs Home Jersey Front

 

 

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Pretty sure that was a Steve Larmer autograph 

 

This is an awesome and detailed thread. 
I've never even heard of Amodex. 

Thank you 

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3 hours ago, Hockey Bob said:

Pretty sure that was a Steve Larmer autograph 

 

This is an awesome and detailed thread. 
I've never even heard of Amodex. 

Thank you 

I thought the same thing. 

I recently used Amodex to get ink off a fabric chair at work, honestly it worked like a miracle. That was regular pen ink. 

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Nice write-up!

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Could this be applied to get rid of autographs on numbers or is this strickly for autographs on the jersey itself?

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Really appreciate this guide you put together.  Some thoughts on my process (which I should have documented with before photos, but just wanted to get to work!)

I'm working on a stained and autographed minor league HiLi white Ice Sheen jersey from the early 90s.  The only thing I could compare that material to is a tarp, but it looked cool as hell on the ice at the time.  I'd say the autographs, and stains, are at least 25 years old.

 - The Amodex works, but takes a lot of time as you said.  The first autograph I worked on actually came all the way out after scrubbing in the Amodex using a toothbrush.  I tried "digging in" with a fingernail as was advised, but I found the toothbrush to be a lot more effective.  Other autographs on the jersey have been a lot tougher, which is where the Clorox bleach pen is helping.

 - You really need to do both sides of the jersey for maximum removal.

 - Where the Amodex really makes a difference is removing non-Sharpie stains.  I was able to brush old stains right out, and see it work in real time.

 - I had acetone and goof-off available for use, but never went to either product.

 - I can really only work a few hours at a time on this removal project, so I did, and then did an Oxiclean wash and air dry.  The part of the jersey I worked on is not completely clean yet, but it is definitely in better shape.  The Oxiclean brought a lot of life back to the jersey by itself.  Another pass of the Amodex and bleach pen on the first part I worked on should totally remove those autographs.  Then I'll start the process again on the other autographs.

I have no idea how this project will ultimately turn out, but I went from having an autograph and stain-ruined jersey, to one that is on its way to a second life.  I'm not sure how much easier this is on ultrafil or air-knit, but it's slowly working so far on an off-the-wall material.  It's going to be a long haul, but I feel confident of the initial pass enough to keep at it.

 

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