Joe--the solder type won't make a difference for your application (leaded or lead-free). Also, the graphite paths probably won't make any difference at the frequencies involved, but if there's any doubt, you can just use an eraser to "break" the paths without de-soldering. In other words, you don't need to remove every pencil mark, just break any point-to-point paths.
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