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  • What do use to mark on metal???

    I have been using sharpies for a long time but they wear out so fast, is there anything better out there?

  • #2
    Is this for layout or for marking a part number or PO number?

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    • #3
      for marking layout
      like measurements and what not
      mostly on stainless steel and mild steel

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      • #4
        "Verithin Pencils"

        mini-number-1: These pencils come in sliver or red, in a box of 12 for around $8.00. Can be sharpened in a conventional pencil sharpener or with a knife.

        Dave
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        • #5
          For clean steel, like tubing, I still use Sharpies. Rusty stuff gets the soapstone, and mill scale gets the silver pencil. If I need precision, then I use a carbide scribe for all of it.

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          • #6
            I do pretty much what MAC702 does, but I use a white ultrafine paint marker instead of a sharpie. I do use round soapstone by far the most though...
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            • #7
              Just remember to NEVER use any graphite containing pencil on a stainless part that runs at elevated temperature ( i.e. exhaust systems ), it can lead to cracks.
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              • #8
                I use a silver streak pen,sharpie,round soapstone,Prusian blue with scribe ,divider with soapstone,and center punch

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                • #9
                  thanks everyone

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                  • #10
                    You could use an engraving pen where it doesn't pose a problem to whatever your making. We have been using them to mark coupons we practice on.
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                    • #11
                      Krylon I like white

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                      • #12
                        For general marking I like the Nissen Metal Marker. Basically looks like a tube of toothpaste with a ball-point cap. For measurements and layout on small parts I use a scribe. On large parts where it's easy to lose a scribe mark, I'll draw an approximate mark with the metal marker then scribe an exact line through it. This will make a high contract mark thats easy to see. Similar to what someone else said about prussian blue and a scribe. I've also used the felt tip paint pens, but these always seem to get clogged up.

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                        • #13
                          "Lumber Crayons"

                          For marking re-bar, lumber crayons (yellow) are great. Keep them in a keel holder.

                          Dave
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                          • #14
                            Sharpies - black or silver.
                            Layout fluid and scribe for precision.

                            I've tried using those pencil type markers but they break too easy.

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                            • #15
                              Soapstone or a scribe. With soapstone its hard to be accurate, the width of the mark itself causes a loss of precision.
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