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Old 04-30-2021, 06:21 AM
TFLeader TFLeader is offline
 
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Default Any helpful tricks to using white china markers?

Have started using a white china marker to highlight s/n's on my M1's with various results.

Its there a trick to getting a nice looking one?

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Old 04-30-2021, 06:35 AM
Quarterbore Quarterbore is online now
 
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I found that wiping the surface with a light oil before using the China market helps. Then wipe on the marker and use a cotton cloth to wipe off the excess.
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Old 04-30-2021, 06:39 AM
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Yes don't do it. I know a guy that puts it in every letter every mark. I have traded a few things from him in the past and that stuff is a PIA to remove. To each his own........
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:06 AM
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I found that wiping the surface with a light oil before using the China market helps. Then wipe on the marker and use a cotton cloth to wipe off the excess.
This is my method.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:07 AM
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Yes don't do it. I know a guy that puts it in every letter every mark. I have traded a few things from him in the past and that stuff is a PIA to remove. To each his own........
Agreed.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:25 AM
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I fill all the depressions with a firm pressure to completely fill the voids with the white marker. Then with a soft cloth dampened with mineral oil, wipe off all the excess.
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Old 04-30-2021, 09:41 AM
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No trick. Patience.
Some markings are easy, others (shallow, rounded edges) take a few tries.
You will find that wiping perpendicular to the marking allows the color to stay in the slot. Easy on a 1, not as easy in an E.
Be prepared to apply, then wipe several times for a serial number, and many more times for some harder markings. The marker itself is forgiving and should last for dozens of graffiti-strewn firearms.

I have some done in an orange color, a nice contrast.

Hard to remove? Meh. I have removed them with a toothbrush and some solvent, wasn't an issue. It took a few minutes; but a dry erase marker level is not the goal here anyway. I get it that some people like them and some don't. I don't ask before marking mine.

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Old 04-30-2021, 11:10 AM
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Actual lacquer sticks from brownells work better than a china marker.
It'll 'harden' but is fairly easy to remove with a toothbrush and oil.
When applying, sometimes the stick gets hardened from the air and lightly trim it and use a match to lightly soften it, then spread on, lightly wipe off, sometimes it takes a couple of tries.
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:59 AM
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I have some done in an orange color, a nice contrast. JH
Good idea! Sounds like that would be much more discreet than white is.
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Old 04-30-2021, 12:45 PM
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I have Gas Trap Era Garand. Most of the parts form this era have the drawing number on them. This is the only gun I intend to fill the numbers with. I never liked the highlighted serial numbers but it looks OK on somehting ike this.

Thanks for the tips!
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