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What do I need to know before using an edding (gloss) paint marker?

edding (gloss) paint markers (e.g. the edding 750 gloss paint marker) and edding matt paint markers (e.g. the edding 4000 matt paint marker) produce excellent coverage by using inks with large pigment particles. In contrast with traditional fibre pens, as the ink can’t be held in the filter it’s stored in a reservoir located in the marker barrel. The ink is pumped to the nib using a sophisticated valve system.

That's why the (gloss) paint markers and matt paint markers must be activated before being used for the first time as follows:

  1. Shake the marker firmly with the cap on. A small metal ball in the reservoir mixes the pigments evenly before use.
  2. Press the nib down slowly several times on a suitable writing surface. This pressure opens a valve, allowing the ink to flow out of the reservoir into the nib which becomes saturated. It may take a little time for the ink to reach the nib (you’ll know when this happens because the nib will take on colour). Test the marker on a piece of absorbent paper that won’t bleed until the ink is flowing freely. Note: once the nib is saturated with ink it won’t be able to absorb any more, in which case you should stop pressing the nib to avoid splotches. This is also why the nib should be used until empty before you press down again.
  3. Note: replace the cap after use. If the paint marker is left with the cap off for extended periods the solvent can evaporate, causing the nib to dry out. The dry pigments will stay in the nib and prevent new ink from flowing. If the nib has dried up, write with it until it is clear before pressing on the marker nib to reactivate the ink.

In isolated cases, it’s possible that the delicate nib of the paint marker can become damaged – from writing on rough surfaces, perhaps, or from dust on the surface being worked on blocking up the fine channels in the nib. That’s why the nib was designed to be replaced easily. We offer replacement nibs for the edding 750, the edding 780 and the edding 751 (gloss) paint marker.

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