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john steel 109/05/2022 10:32:18
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looking to buy some sort of white marking fine point pen for sheet metal, and looking on the net its a mine field looking at the Sarpie extra fine point it has bad write ups. Can anyone recomend some thing for under £10 I have scribers and every thing but I cant see the lines very well. Thank You

Henry Brown09/05/2022 10:59:00
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I use Sharpie Ultra Fine in red and green for the odd occasion I need to mark out, they work ok but don't like oiled surfaces so bear that in mind. They are cheap enough to give one a try, often red and green are cheaper than the black or blue due to supply and demand I guess.

Paul Lousick09/05/2022 11:13:53
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The traditional method is to "blue" the surface so that the scribe lines are more visible. I use a wide, felt tipped felt pen (Texta) instead of blueing ink.

Many of the fine tip marking pens will not write on metal. Sharpie (and others) sell paint pens, containing oil based paint which will write on almost any material but not available in fine point.

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Hopper09/05/2022 11:29:29
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My local engineering supply shop sells paint pens with a very fine tip that can draw lines 1mm wide or less. But they do tend to clog up if left unused for too long. The tip is like a small metal tube that keeps the line thin.

For other marking out, I often use whatever paint is left in the bottom of spray cans. Red or blue work well as layout "blue" then scribe the lines in it with a scriber. Very durable too. But can be cleaned off with paint thinner or brake cleaner etc afterwards.



Edited By Hopper on 09/05/2022 11:31:05

Chris Gunn09/05/2022 12:01:45
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John, I use Pentel Micro correct markers, not designed for our uses in the workshop, but you get a fine white line, which dries fast, I use it for marking out steel for cutting, any any other marking of bins and parts and so on, much easier to see being white. Not a fine enough line for marking out hole positions, but I get the impression you just want a guide to cut to. the mark can be cleaned off with thinners. They seem to last for ages, a very quick google shows a pack of four for available for under £8

Chris Gunn

bernard towers09/05/2022 17:53:50
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Use Dykem the lines show up well

Edited By bernard towers on 09/05/2022 17:54:11

Fowlers Fury09/05/2022 18:22:17
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I've used "Staedtler Lumocolor" Fine pens for many years. They seem to last for ages, will mark on most surfaces even if traces of oil present. Though I've no connection with Staples, various packs & colours available here:-


Nicholas Farr09/05/2022 20:56:50
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Hi, these Write-4-all pens from Stabilo are fairly good also. They can be found in many shops that sell stationary.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 09/05/2022 20:59:45

Trevor Drabble09/05/2022 22:00:56
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I would suggest you check out the extensive range stocked by Walters and Walters ( supplier of Dykem) on 017623 245445.

john steel 110/05/2022 09:22:44
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Thank you for all your replys I new you would point me in the right direction

Peter Ellis 510/05/2022 12:00:02
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I use traditional layout blue and mark on that, but if I´m in a hurry, I use Tippex.


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