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repaint10 Sep 2017 2:18 a.m. PST


I wanted to be able to write wipeable information on my bases, so I kept a space that I painted then varnished with gloss three times for finish.

When I write on the base with a wipeable pen, the ink stays (see the number 4 that I tried as a test).

Any idea how to make this band wipeable? That'd be much much appreciated.

thank you

Prince Rupert of the Rhine10 Sep 2017 2:23 a.m. PST

chalkboard paint and chalk pencils perhaps?



Old Peculiar10 Sep 2017 2:26 a.m. PST

Use a vinyl strip

14Bore10 Sep 2017 3:01 a.m. PST

Its all in what you are useing to write with.
Greese pencil or a marker for kids that can be wiped clean.
Stay away ftom red as no matter what it is hard to fully remove.
The 3 coats of varnish is a good start.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member10 Sep 2017 3:15 a.m. PST

I'd probably stick down a suitably cut-to-size strip of thin styrene sheet.

OK, it would be white, but you could jazz that up with a decal or 2 at either end (e.g. CTRY ID, roundel, etc).

Then you could use thin Lumicolours to your heart's content.

wakenney10 Sep 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

I would cover it with a piece of packing tape cut to size. That will wipe clean and be replaceable if anything goes wrong.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

The other day I saw white erasable tape in a roll at the office supply store. That might work.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member10 Sep 2017 5:48 a.m. PST

I'd question the durability of tape tbh

Xintao10 Sep 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

Clear packing tape.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 7:07 a.m. PST

Why not use a strip of normal freezer tape and replace
it each time ? The tape takes black marker really well
and it won't wipe off.

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

Could you use the sticky end of a post-it note of an appropriate color, cut to fit? It may depend on how long you need any particular label to stay on the base.

repaint10 Sep 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

I am trying at the moment packing tape. The tape I have is not transparent but it is easily removable without damaging the paint.
It is not so bad actually. I will try transparent tape as well.

I will post pictures.

thank you.

repaint10 Sep 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

I tried with the packing tape I had. It is actually fine and can be very easily peeled off.


I will try to see if it is better with transparent tape but so far, it looks like a solution.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member10 Sep 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

Matches the base better than the original green, too :)

doublesix6611 Sep 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

Have you thought of masking tape it's easy to peel off afterwards as well

repaint11 Sep 2017 4:37 a.m. PST

Have you thought of masking tape it's easy to peel off afterwards as well

I am using now transparent packing tape, it works very well and can be removed without damage


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 5:44 a.m. PST

Clean off the ink with fingernail polish remover.

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