Garden Art forum: Oil based paint pen

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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Feb 27, 2018 7:26 PM CST
I thought this was supposed be my "never have to worry about faded labels again." Nope it's even worse than a regular Sharpie. The pens are even manufactured by them. I have a Brother label maker and Eon plates for my daylilies and such but this is a cut up mini blind that I used the pens on.
So please help with my dilemma! Crying
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 27, 2018 8:37 PM CST
I haven't found any permanent markers despite them having that name. I read that plain old pencil lasts longest. I use the Brother label maker for mine. It works better than any marker, and I think it's better than pencil.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 28, 2018 4:43 AM CST

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Same here - I use pencil too.
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Bookworm Echinacea Dog Lover Seed Starter
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Kabby
Feb 28, 2018 8:17 AM CST
Thanks Karen and Vic, pencil looks like the way to go!
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Feb 28, 2018 8:30 AM CST
If pencils do not work out for you, you might try an Allflex Tag Pen. It is meant to identify livestock and was suggested to me by someone here at NGA when I lamented fading problems like yours. It is very fade-resistant, according to that person.

I started using the Allflex Tag Pen a year ago, and so far no fading. However, in my hands, it can suddenly leak ink and make a small mess. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, it is annoying. Plus, the ink takes a few minutes to dry. I found my pen at a local farm store.

Last summer I switched to using weather-resistant labels printed on my laser printer and adhered to half-inch round PVC pipe cut into 12 inch lengths. I would like to switch from pipe to slats from brown blinds if I can find them because the PVC pipes are an unsightly ivory color. Whether the laser printing will prove to be fade resistant is uncertain. But so far so good.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Feb 28, 2018 9:39 AM CST

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GREAT tips Carol - Thank You Thumbs up
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Bookworm Echinacea Dog Lover Seed Starter
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Kabby
Feb 28, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Thanks Carol! I'll check them out on Amazon.

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