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  • Major problems with writing on wood signs

    Hi there Im new to the forum, been searching for ages for advice on the internet and thought you knowledgable people may be able to help. Ive been decoarting wooden heart signs for christmas but can not find a pen that works properly to write on it. I ordered some little heart cut out shapes and painted them white with normal household emulsion with a roller. Ive tried sharpie permanent markers but they seem to stop writing after a couple of letters then look as if they are running out not giving a solid line. Then I tried an edding paint marker pen but cant for the life of me get it to do anything but black splodges! You have to shake it then pump the nib but it just gives a big black splodge of ink. Tried normal felt tips but again looks like the pen is running out a bic marker works ok but I only have a thick chisel tip, not sure if a thin round tip verison would just do the same as the others. Been searching all morning and just ordered a gelly rollerball one but has anyone else had this problem? is it the paint or something? They all seem to work ok at first but after a few words go sketchy and look like Im using a pen that is running out despite it being a brand new pen!

  • #2
    Hi there

    I have the same problem i've brought some many pens in the past and they do the same as you have described, still not found a good pen yet I will let you know if I find out.

    I have recently brought stamps to stamp the writing on and it works well - sorry I couldn't help better!


    • #3
      Probably the emulsion paint causing the problem - after all it is meant to repell ink.... I would paint over with a decent acrylic paint and then use the Sharpie!!


      • #4
        There might be a couple of problems here.

        Have you sanded the surface properly? Have you allowed the paint enough drying time? Touch dry isn't enough - leave them to dry overnight at the very least and preferably longer (3 weeks is ideal, but not very practical). If they're in a damp or cold area, you'll need longer. I work in a garage extension and always bring them into the house in bad weather.

        If these don't work, then I'd suggest using a good quality acrylic instead. It's what I use and my Sharpies last quite a long while. If you don't want to do this, then try using acrylic varnish over the emulsion before adding the lettering.
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        • #5
          All of the above is good advise, especially how well sanded the wood is, but most important is the shedding effect of some emulsions. Assuming you have chosen the emulsion paint for a good reason, you might try sealing the areas to be written on with some PVA (white wood) glue allow to dry for several hours, then write on with most types of pens or markers...hegus