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Any recommendations for cleaning/renewing the color of the bumper garnish? I used a Sharpie to mark the rear bumper for backup sensor installation. The pen marks could only be removed with Goof Off, but this left a slightly whitened stain. Doesn't look too bad unless you know where to look, but I'd like to clean it up, if possible.

Any info will be gratefully appreciated.

PS: the sensor install went very well as I got considerable help from this forum. Thanks to all for that, too.
The rule of thumb for cleaning anything with a new material is to test an inconspicuous area first. The best cleaner-solvents I've found for Sharpies are isopropyl alcohol as soon as possible, followed by Go-Jo hand cleaner. Blot on, don't rub the alcohol. Rubbing it will spread the stain.

In your case, I'd try Go-Jo first, washing it off after 15-20 minutes, white paste-type auto polish second, and if needed, turp-type paint thinner, which might remove a tiny amount of the surface of the plastic. Then I'd wash it thoroughly and treat the bumper with 303.

I've used the turp-type thinner sparingly to prep my cladding for installing emblems, and while it seemed to leave the surface slightly tacky to the touch, after it dried it hadn't changed the color or texture of the panels. If you are hesitant to use the solvents direct, you can make a suspension in water by mixing them 1:1 with water and adding a small amount of Joy as a surfactant.

In the future try putting masking tape on the surface you wish to mount upon, and mark the tape, not the body. A ball-point pen or genuine #2 wood body pencil will write on masking tape.

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B2B and Ice are cover-ups, not ink stain removers. This isn't the right application for them, they don't solve the OP's problem.
 
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