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How to Remove Ink From OSB Wood

OSB--which stands for oriented strand board--is similar to plywood. To make OSB, thousands of 3-inch-long strands of wood are combined into one sheet. Like with other types of wood, lumber companies mark OSB with an ink stamp.

Plywood and OSB wood are similar in look and structure.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Small plastic container
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Scouring pad
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Hand-sander

OSB--which stands for oriented strand board--is similar to plywood.  To make OSB, thousands of 3-inch-long strands of wood are combined into one sheet.

Like with other types of wood, lumber companies mark OSB with an ink stamp.  The ink stamp states the species and grade of the wood, as well as the sawmill from where it came.

Typically, lumber companies place the ink stamp out of sight.  However, oversights happen and you might have to remove unsightly ink from your OSB wood.

  1. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.
  2. Pour lacquer thinner into a small plastic container.
  3. Saturate a scouring pad in the lacquer thinner. Use it remove the ink from the OSB wood. If the ink does not lift, continue with the remaining steps.
  4. Secure a fine-grit sandpaper onto a hand-sander. Plug in and turn on the sander.
  5. Sand the ink stain gently with the hand-sander. Sand only a few passes at a time, and then check the ink spot. Do not sand too deeply or you will create a low spot on the OSB wood.
  6. Tip

    Work in a well-ventilated area when using lacquer thinner.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Small plastic container
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Scouring pad
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Hand-sander

Tip

  • Work in a well-ventilated area when using lacquer thinner.

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Photo Credits

  • plywood texture image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com
  • plywood texture image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com