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Removing ink stamps from lumber

The ink used for marking pressure treated lumber grades is a water based ink that will naturally disappear over time from rain and foot traffic.  You can speed up the process by scrubbing it off with a bar of soap and a brillo pad.  If the mark doesn't completely disappear you can sand it lightly with a palm sander using 150 grit sand paper.   Some deck builders also use a paint thinner to remove faced stamps on wood.


Lumber Stamp

Lumber Grade stamps can be erased with a little sanding.

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