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Author Topic: What kind of pen to sign kites  (Read 850 times)
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« on: April 21, 2014, 10:48 AM »

I brought my white Pyro Delta to church for folk to sign their rememberances for folks that past.a few signed with Sharpie and it smudged really bad on the fabric and actually bled thru into the table below.it can't be read.Now the kite looks like crap.Whats a good writing instrument to use for this? regular pen,gel pen paint pen?what should be used on the fabric?Im sure this has come up before..
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 11:17 AM »

I suppose it depends on the fabric. I've seen sharpies work well on coated ripstop nylon and poly, but I suppose a more porous/absorbent fabric would be tricky.

My girlfriend and daughter are decorating a large white nylon kite with black & colored sharpies, and while they do put down paper to keep ink off the table, they haven't made much of a mess. See attached photo.

I've used silver sharpies on black ripstop a lot.

While sharpies have the advantage of drying pretty quickly, the ink still will smudge if touched in the first 15 seconds or so. Other inks/paints take considerably more time to dry.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 03:42 PM »

I should say kite is a HQ Pyro Delta White Nylon Ripstop
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 04:10 PM »

Some pyros have a fairly thin fabric to get that nice flowing effect. The kite we're scribbling on is more what I'd call regular weight SLK ripstop. Not particularly soft.

Another aspect could be the age of the fabric. I've seen old sails where the coating has worn off, making the fabric much more porous.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 06:02 PM »

I have used colored and silver Sharpies without issue.... But the fact that the ink bled would say something more about the fabric...
You could try a real fabric marker....
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 06:27 PM »

Try Uchida DecoColor Paint Pens...

I've used them, Kmac uses them...
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2014, 06:39 AM »

Try Uchida DecoColor Paint Pens...

I've used them, Kmac uses them...

+1 white, gold, silver.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2014, 12:37 PM »

Thanks ordered some
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 03:47 AM »

Pilot and Pen Touch both make archival, xylene free gold and silver "ink" pens that dry instantly. Xylene is a suspected carcinogen, a close relative to it's nasty cousin Benzene...
Your experience may vary  Wink
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