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Clean Erasing
Drawing and Drafting Tools: Cleaning
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Erasing pencil can leave a mess of eraser particles on your work. Artists and drafters quickly learn that it isn't wise to use your hands to brush off their paper after using an eraser. It results in a smudged drawing - unacceptable to the client, and difficult to read when reproduced. Chances are that their fingertips have left greasy marks and missed fragments of eraser waste, which interfere with smooth drawing.

It's a good idea to begin with a clean eraser. To clean excess graphite from a white plastic or gum eraser, simply rub it briskly on a piece of coarse scrap paper. Card - the rough brown kind - cut from breakfast cereal boxes works well. If your eraser is very greasy and dirty, you can use a craft knife to trim away the ends.

To clean a kneadable eraser, you need to stretch and fold the eraser like putty, so that a fresh surface is created. After a while, the eraser becomes saturated and you will need to replace it.

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