... without damaging the wall. My first inclination was to just use an eraser but I imagine this would remove much of the paint.

If this is the only way..., how do I repair the eraser mark?

Here is a pic of the pencil marks on a wall painted off white which obviously has some texture to it.

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    If your paint is worth a damn, an eraser will do the job just fine. Just erase the markings lightly and slowly. Don't rush it. Commented May 17, 2019 at 7:56
  • If the eraser does not work, then you get to re-paint...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 8:51
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    Not all erasers were created alike. They also tend to not age well, they harden over time. Look for soft and fresh.
    – Tyson
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 10:05
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    I also just remembered Art Gum and Kneaded erasers. Check the art supplies rather than office supplies.
    – Tyson
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 11:24
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    I've also had good luck with "magic eraser" which is more of a cleaning product than an art/office product, but worked surprisingly well on a lot of minor wall marks when clearing out a house for sale. For that matter, whatever is in most of those "cleaning/disinfecting wipe" products also works quite well, as does simply washing the wall.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 17, 2019 at 12:44

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You can actually just use an eraser as long as you use it gently. Even a simple pencil eraser can handle the problem, but you can use art gum erasers or suede stones as well. If you want to go a little further, baking soda or toothpaste dabbed onto the end of a soft cloth has also been known to work.

  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Thanks for the answer; keep 'em coming. And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to contribute here. Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 21:03

I use lacquer thinner to remove pencil marks from bare wood, painted walls and the like. On painted walls, care must be used, a heavy, sustained concentration of lacquer thinner will remove the paint too. Use a saturated towel, not dripping, and wipe over the surface once, get a clean surface showing again and wipe the remaining mark. Typically you will see the wall color on the rag, that is normal, and why you don't want to be too aggressive with the thinner.

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