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Perfect for dark surfaces
on December 13, 2009
Sharpie makes a load of different color Sharpie markers, but none that comes out well against black, or similar dark background.
If you own brick power supplies, cables, DVD or BD players, many come in basic black. How do you label or mark these items, other than using white tape to write on with a black Sharpie?
Previously, the way to write on black was with a white paint or similar color oil based paint pen, made by Sharpie and others. These pens cost 3-4x more, dry out faster, need to be started before it writes, writes unevenly, but certainly was better than nothing.
Sharpie has succeeded in making a type of ink that provides a white like color, in this case silver. They did it by creating an ultra fine silverish powder dissolved in the same solvent used for their color markers. The result is a pen with ink that has all the same qualities as its standard markers, near the same cost, and the effectiveness of white paint on black backgrounds. But even more, the paint is more 'reflective' in low light conditions, creating a low cost reflector effect.
The metallic paint is as 'permanent' as the other markers, and eventually they do come off. But the pen is so easy to use, and cheap, that its effortless to re-write a label as needed.
What takes the ink off? Washing in hot water, constant rubbing, underwater submersion for multiple hours, extensively sunlight exposure, to name a few. But if the items are kept out of direct sunlight, and rarely touched, such as labels on items, it has remained on for years. I know, I've used Sharpies for over 10 years, and its the best marker pen I've used.
I buy black markers by the dozen. Its also really made in USA.