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#1 SparkieRob

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Just a quick question;
If I wanted to draw a small design or write something on a sail can I use a normal permanent marker?


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

It can be done however I might suggest working with a sample of the material first and see what effect it has.

Ink running down the threads of the material is the main worry.

Going very lightly with the marker, and I mean very lightly, usually does the trick when the ink runs too much down the threads. You will have to go over it several times very lightly to make it look really good.

With luck you won't have to go to this extreme.

Now paint markers do work much better because the paint is thicker than the ink of something like what the call in the USA a Sharpie or felt tip marker.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Just to be defferent, you could (depending on the design) use some sort of insignia/dacron tape to cut out the design and stick it on the sail ;-)



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:12 AM

Just to be defferent, you could (depending on the design) use some sort of insignia/dacron tape to cut out the design and stick it on the sail ;-)

That works too!


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

As John has mentioned, be careful about having your marker run, especially when the kite is rolled up and stored in it's bag.  It is possible for the image to bleed into the rest of the sail which could be very bad.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

As John has mentioned, be careful about having your marker run, especially when the kite is rolled up and stored in it's bag.  It is possible for the image to bleed into the rest of the sail which could be very bad.

Might even be worse if the kite is put away wet!! cat_sick.gif


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Might even be worse if the kite is put away wet!! cat_sick.gif

Or a new type of modern art.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:04 AM

Just to be defferent, you could (depending on the design) use some sort of insignia/dacron tape to cut out the design and stick it on the sail ;-)


Fogive me but is that the same as the tape you can use to repair a hole or tear in a sail? And can this be gotten from a kite shop?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

Insignia tape is used as the wear strips on the "Pro's" and can be bought to reinforce any sail!! The Kite Shoppe has it in 1" or 2" wide and in some colors!!


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

If you're going to worry about it that much, don't write on the sail, I've had mine autographed by some well-known fliers using a sharpie and it looks fine.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Black sharpie, no problem. Other colors are somewhat water soluble. Esp blue. I colored in the white "revolution" on my kites. To my initial horror, when I tested a little water on it, the water turned blue. So I rinsed it well and folded kite up with a paper towel for the next few uses to see if it would continue to bleed. No problems. :) Now what does Bazzer use to sign kites? Some metallic paint pen...

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:44 AM

Black sharpie, no problem. Other colors are somewhat water soluble. Esp blue. I colored in the white "revolution" on my kites. To my initial horror, when I tested a little water on it, the water turned blue. So I rinsed it well and folded kite up with a paper towel for the next few uses to see if it would continue to bleed. No problems. :)
Now what does Bazzer use to sign kites? Some metallic paint pen...

Still looking for some of those "pixie dust" pens that Baz uses..


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

Find someone with airbrush equipment, paint works much better than ink.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

Try "Pilot Gold and Silver Permanent Marker". You can find them on Amazon and other on-line shopping places.

Pentel and Sharpie also make similar "paint markers". There are also other less known companies that make them.

You can also find them in non-metallic colors such as white, black, blue, red, green and etc.

These are paint markers not ink markers thus do not run like ink.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Fogive me but is that the same as the tape you can use to repair a hole or tear in a sail? And can this be gotten from a kite shop?

 

Repair tape is generally "Tedlar" (like transparent ripstop tape), totally different animal than Insignia (completely opaque). ;)


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Fogive me but is that the same as the tape you can use to repair a hole or tear in a sail? And can this be gotten from a kite shop?<br /> <br />Repair tape is generally "Tedlar" (like transparent ripstop tape), totally different animal than Insignia (completely opaque). ;)
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