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The Best Pens For Metal - Make Your Mark Correctly!


Published: 11/08/2021

Investing in the best marker for metal is worth it. You might think all markers will work on metal but some will wipe right off as soon as your fingers touch the ink. After that, It's just a mess. Having a marker that wipes off easily is going to make measuring metal when doing metalworking near-impossible. This is why I highly recommend getting a marker that is specifically designed for metalwork. Trust me, you are going to need it. It saves you the trouble of cleaning up streaks of ink on your metal and helps you breeze through your metal projects. Don’t worry because these paint markers for metal are versatile enough to be used on other surfaces as well. Continue reading to see some facts that make me so confident!

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What Are All The Ways To Write On Metal Surfaces?

  1. Laser - 
    Depending on what you're trying to do, this can be a good option. However, it can be quite time consuming and costly.
  2. Engraving - 
    Many small companies can engrave metal for you but basic tools aren't that expensive if you wanted to do it yourself. However, this can also be time consuming and costly.
  3. Letter Punching - 
    This can be a good way to mark on to metals, however it can make life more difficult if you have loads of metal to write on.
  4. Acid Etching - 
    This can be cost effective however working with acid can be dangerous.
  5. Permanent Markers - 
    Permanent markers are the safest, most cost-effective and easiest way to mark metal.
  6. Paint -
    Paint is just as easy as a permanent marker however can be a bit messier. Paint markers are ideal.

Why Do People Use Permanent Markers?

Many industries also require a pen to write on metal, especially for labelling and marking components. Metal pipes, bolts, and even car parts might need to be labelled and require a good metal marking pen. Paint markers for metal are also great for labelling and marking tools so that they will not get lost or stolen easily. Paint markers for metal, in general, are oil-based and contain xylene and toluene, which are toxic. So, they do give off a certain amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and should be handled with care.

Features vary among the different markers, especially those used for industrial purposes. Some are designed to come off with water and soap, where others are water-resistant. Some work better on non-porous surfaces and others have been specially designed, such as markers that can withstand high temperatures, those that are solvent-resistant, and more.


Why Are Permanent Markers So Good For Metal?

Not all markers are the same, and some will easily wipe off of a metal surface. In most cases, marking metal with a pen means you want it to stay there, so choosing the right metal marker is important. This especially true in various industries, where using a metal marking pen is an everyday occurrence. Making sure you have the right metal marker will save you time and money so that you can focus on your project or job at hand. A permanent marker for metal is also versatile and can usually be used on different surfaces besides metal. To get a better understanding of paint markers for metal, read further to find out.


What Are The Types Of Marker Pens?

When considering paint markers, three main categories usually come up. There are the oil-based paint markers, the acrylic-based, and the permanent markers. Each one of these markers contains basic ingredients that help deliver the paint or ink to a surface.

Permanent Markers:

The word permanent might be a contradiction, as even though some markers are labelled permanent, they are not lightfast. The label should say that the marker is archival and, therefore, will not fade. Permanent markers are made up using a hollow plastic pen that is air-tight. Inside is a length of porous material that protrudes from one end of the marker. This sponge-like material is saturated in ink and, once it is exposed at the tip and evaporates, more is siphoned up to the tip.

The ink has three components: colour, solvent, and resin. The permanent markers are water-resistant and can be applied to a variety of surfaces. They come in many different colours and have different tip sizes and shapes. The more popular permanent markers do not give off any odour and are non-toxic.

Our pens are oil-based, which have pigments suspended in oil and are the best choice for applying to metals. They can also be used on other surfaces like plastic and ceramics. These markers are water-resistant and are more difficult to remove once dry. Since the markers are oil-based, they are thicker and need to be activated, which is why you have to shake these pens before using them. The oil-based markers also take longer to dry than the water-based variety, however, they do not need to be sealed.

Paint Markers for Metal:

As the name implies, these markers use paint and contain solvent, resin, and pigment components. The solvent helps to keep the pigment fluid within the marker, the pigment provides colour, and the resin helps to bond the paint to the surface. Paint markers also come with various size tips and different types of nibs. Acrylic nibs are best used on rough surfaces, while polyester tips are the best choice when it comes to metal surfaces. Our markers have a polyacetal fibre tip which ensures greater smoothness and a longer product life. 

There are a lot of ways you can write on metal, from etching to lasers and paint markers for metal. There are also different types of metal markers, and most of them are as simple to use as any other pen. Paint markers, on the other hand, require a little more effort. The material inside the marker is quite thick and needs to be activated. Most good-quality products should have instructions on how to use the marker, either on the packaging or inside with the markers, or both.

Always shake the marker before using it – with the cap on – especially if you have not used the marker in a while. You should hear the ball inside moving around, helping to dissolve the pigment. Remove the cap and, holding the marker upright, press the marker nib down with your finger or the back of your cap. This releases any trapped air. Place the cap back on and shake again. Remove the cap and place the nib onto a piece of paper and pump the marker up and down until you can see the colour filtering down onto the nib. When the flow is constant with no breaks while drawing, the marker is ready to use.


How To Keep Your Paint Marker From Clogging

Paint markers for metal are versatile and fun to use. They come in a variety of brands and colours, however, most of these can develop the problem of clogging. If you do not look after your markers, they will not last as long as they should, and you do not want this happening. So, to help you, here are a few maintenance guidelines to make sure you get the most out of your paint markers.

  • Clean the tip: Once you are finished with the marker, run it along a piece of spare paper to dislodge anything stuck to the nib. You can also do this occasionally while working with the marker, which can also help to remove any dried paint that might be stuck on the tip.
  • Storage: Preferably, keep markers stored horizontally or flat in a container. If you do place them in a cup, make sure the marker is standing with the cap up and not down.
  • Extreme temperatures: If you store the markers in too hot or cold environments, clogging can become a problem, or the material could become too runny. Keep your markers somewhere where it is cool, dry, and dark.
  • Caps: Make sure that the caps are securely placed back onto the marker. If not, the tips can dry out.
  • If the tips dry out: You can try to wipe the tip with a solvent for an oil-based marker and water for a water-based marker. However, do this carefully and be patient, ensuring that you do not pump the marker too much.
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Our Paint Markers

Our paint markers are usually first choice. They can be used on all metal materials and can even mark through rust!
• Industrial grade paint marker
• Provides a permanent glossy finish on most non-porous surfaces.
• Polyacetal fibre tip
• Available in 4 vivid colours (black, blue, red, green)
• 4.5mm bullet tip gives a 2.0mm line.


Our Permanent Markers

• Permanent marker
• Bullet tip
• Oil-based ink
• A new development in permanent oil-based ink technology, Controlled Surface Properties (CSP) Ink
• CSP ink delivers class-leading performance in terms of:
o Vivid ink colour
o High fixing strength and abrasion resistance
• Suitable for all types of surface including plastic, metal, wood, card and glass
• Long cap-off time (24 hours)
• Writes in temperatures as low as -45◦C, although it should be stored in a temperate environment when not in use.
• Available in 4 CSP ink colours – Black, Blue, Red and Green
• Plastic barrel
• 4.5mm Bullet tip gives a 1.0mm line

We have 0.5mm, 1mm &  4mm lines.



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