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Apr 09, 2003, 05:21 PM
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Anyone used permanent markers, paint pens or some kind of ink on covering film?

I'm wondering if I can't save some weight by using permanent markers to color and trim a plane. I'm using white ultracote and I figure it might be quicker than all that cutting and adjusting as well. Also, possibly much cheaper?

Any advice much appreciated?
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Apr 09, 2003, 05:32 PM
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Black sharpie pens are used quite often to draw panel lines on film covering. It bleeds or comes off easily though if is gets alcohol on it.

You could probably use colored permanent markers sucessfully for pinstriping.

Brown permanent markers also work well to 'paint' those orange GWS propellers or the gray APC props to look like wood.

I don't think you will save any weight by trying to color larger areas though with markers. I believe the lightest paint may be some of the modeling acrylic paints such as Model Masters or Polycrylic when airbrushed on. These have very fine pigments which allow them to cover well in very thin coats.
Apr 09, 2003, 05:41 PM
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I'm using them to stain raw balsa, color GWS props and add trim color to tissue. I've never yet used them on heatshrink.

I'd wager that the permanent markers like the "Sharpies" at art stores might work. Then again LEROY, who did a Guillows Nieuport 11 had his marker trim fade and smudge on Solite. Granted it would stick if the surface to be colored was chemically etched, (nasty solvents like MEK would do it, though I'm not recommending them..) scuffing with 600 grit wet/dry might get the colors to stay put.
I guess thats why I like tissue and silkspan, despite their weaknesses, you can print on them with inkjet printers, and they take water based colors without trouble before you seal them.

Apr 10, 2003, 03:26 PM
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It bleeds or comes off easily though if is gets alcohol on it.
That's why I don't drink beer and fly.

Apr 10, 2003, 03:59 PM
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You also will find it at best very difficult to get even coverage with a marking pen. For panel lines, consider a soft lead pencil, with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie for doors, trims tabs, etc.

Sep 30, 2009, 07:36 PM
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does top flight not have a panel line marker ?
Sep 30, 2009, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by cmulder
does top flight not have a panel line marker ?
You DO realize youve just responded to a SIX YEAR OLD question ? yes ?
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Sep 30, 2009, 08:08 PM
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lol no and no idea how i got onto this topic..