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Frequently Asked Questions

edding paint markers 55 years experience

Is there a waterproof, paint-like edding marker that can be used to conceal marks – on steel, for instance?

To conceal colour defects, you can use the following edding paint markers in different stroke widths on a variety of materials:

edding 750 paint marker
edding 751 paint marker
edding 780 paint marker

The ink in these markers is permanent and water-resistant.

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

edding paint markers 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 paint markers must be activated before being used for the first time as follows:

Shake the marker firmly with the cap on. A small metal ball in the reservoir mixes the pigments evenly before use.

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.

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 paint marker.

Which edding paint markers are resistant to acetone?

The colours white (049) and copper (055) in the following types of paint marker are acetone-resistant:

edding 750 paint marker
edding 751 paint marker
edding 780 paint marker

How can I replace the nib of the edding 750, 751 or 780 paint marker, or the edding 8750 industry paint marker?

The nib of the edding paint markers are designed to be replaced easily. To replace the nib, simply use a pair of pliers or a similar tool to pull out the defective nib and insert the new one. Then replace the cap and reactivate the marker.

Renib instructions

How do I store edding paint markers correctly?

edding paint markers should ideally be stored horizontally (e.g. lying flat in a drawer) and at room temperature. This way, the ink in the filter, which is located in the marker barrel, is distributed evenly and the marker writes cleanly until empty without residues drying out in the filter.

Due to the open reservoir system and pump mechanism in the paint markers, ink residues can occasionally clog the nib.
This can be avoided by ensuring that after using the marker you write with the nib until it’s empty and replace the cap firmly on the neck of the marker.

Why is the cap on many of the edding markers ventilated?

This is necessary because the cap is narrow enough to be swallowed. The ventilation ensures that should someone accidentally swallow the cap and it were to become lodged in their throat, they would still be able to breathe.

What can I do to prevent my lettering or design from fading too soon?

To achieve a really durable result it’s best to use edding pens containing pigment ink. It’s the pigments that cause the colours to appear so intense and vibrant on many different backgrounds.

What’s so good about edding pigment inks? The tiny colour particles don’t dissolve completely in the ink. The very fine particles remain, and once applied to a surface they’re far less affected by sunlight than dissolved dye-based inks. This means that they guarantee very good resistance to light. Any marking, labelling, decorating or colouring using pigment ink will therefore be colour-fast and won’t t fade at all – or only very slowly. Choosing the right edding product obviously depends on the type of material you want to write on or design.

What can I do if the ink from my edding marker becomes faint?

Many of the edding markers write with what we call pigment-based ink. Its thanks to these pigments that the ink shows up strong and vibrant on a range of different backgrounds.

So what are pigments?
Pigments are tiny colour particles distributed throughout the ink. If the marker is stored for a length of time with the nib pointing upwards, these particles will settle at the bottom of the ink reservoir. When the marker is used again the ink may appear somewhat pale. Our tip: store the edding marker the opposite way round, i.e. with the nib downwards, for about 1 hour. It’s generally best to always store the pens horizontally. Where we consider this essential for a certain type of pen, this will be stated on the marker itself.

Which edding product will also write on wet surfaces?

For writing on wet surfaces we recommend the edding 950 industry painter, a marker with a twist-action wax-like tip. It also writes permanently and reliably on rough, rusty or heavily soiled surfaces with a line width of max. 10 mm.

For slightly wet surfaces, or for writing with a narrower stroke width, you can also use the edding 8750 industry paint marker.

How can I dissolve markings written with the edding 750, 751 or 780 paint markers?

Nearly all paint marker inks can be dissolved with acetone. White and copper are the only colours that can be removed with isoparaffin, benzine or oily products.

For delicate surfaces in particular we recommend using engine oil or edible oil, for instance. It’s not possible to remove the ink from porous surfaces, as the ink penetrates the material. Test on an inconspicuous area first to see whether the solvent has a damaging effect on the surface.

Does edding offer low-corrosion, low-halogen or low-chloride markers?

Low-corrosion inks contain only very low concentrations of ingredients that may cause corrosion (a reaction with metal). The terms “low-corrosion”, “low-halogen” and “low-chloride” are frequently used synonymously with each other; however, “corrosion” is the generic term for the other two terms. “Low-halogen” is the collective term for the four halogens that are more frequently linked with the topic “corrosion” than other elements. One of these four halogens is chloride.

The specialist markers below may be recommended for low-corrosion labelling as they were developed specifically for nuclear, aerospace and marine applications:

edding 8030 NLS high-tech Marker (1.5-3 mm), available in red or blue

edding 8404 aerospace marker (up to 0.75 mm), available in black

Should you have any other specific ink requirements, e.g. heat resistance, that are not met by either of these two markers, please contact us for assistance. It is actually highly unlikely that any of our other markers without low-corrosion properties would cause corrosion. Usually, it is atmospheric moisture or weather conditions that cause damage to metal.

Which edding product can I use to write on rusty metal?

For writing on rusty metal we recommend the edding 950 industry painter, a marker with a twist-action wax-like tip.

Permanent and reliable, it writes on rough, wet and heavily soiled surfaces with a line width of max. 10 mm.

Which edding product can I use to write on anodised aluminium?

For writing on anodised aluminium we recommend the edding 8300 industry permanent marker (1.5-3 mm line width) and the edding 8750 industry paint marker (2-4 mm). Please note that it takes time for the ink to dry on this material.