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The leading cause of your dry erase markers drying out is leaving it uncapped for a long period of time. Restoring dried out dry erase markers is a simple process that you can do with materials at home. To follow this guide you will need a dry erase marker, alcohol or vinegar, and a bowl.

  1. How to Restore  An Expo Marker, How to Restore  An Expo Marker: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Collect all of the markers you want to restore

    • Obtain isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or vinegar.

  2. How to Restore  An Expo Marker: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Use a bowl to pour a small amount of either alcohol or vinegar, using enough to cover the tip of the markers.

    • Soak the tip of the markers in the alcohol or vinegar until the ink comes out of the tip of the marker.

    • In some cases, you will see the ink of the marker swirl out.

  3. How to Restore  An Expo Marker: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Restore  An Expo Marker: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Place the cap back on the marker.

    • Let the marker sit tip side up for at least 24 hours. The alcohol should penetrate inside the tip of the marker.

  4. How to Restore  An Expo Marker: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Your marker should be good to go.

    • If your marker is not functioning properly, it may be a sign that your marker dried out completely.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Alexus A Carpenter

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The dry erase markers should be kept in a cool, dry location. You may have exposed your Expo markers to the sun or extremely cold conditions if you constantly need to buy new ones because they dry up so rapidly.

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