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Razor78 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this I was looking for a quick and easy way to paint panel lines when I decided to try an ultra fine tipped sharpie pin. Mostly I use the black but as they come in a multitude of colors thy are real handy to highlight just about any paint job


Daithi the Black10 Jun 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

Great idea!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 10:02 a.m. PST

Before or after varnish?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

I've found that Sharpies can run when varnished.

The best is archival ink pens. Micron Art .005 are superb for lining details, they come in black and a package with an assortment of colours. Faber Castell XS are also very good.

bobspruster10 Jun 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

Yup, Sharpies will bleed. I found out the hard way.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

Like miniMo said, go with the Micron pens. I've successfully used them for >20 years and they make a wide variety of colors.

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

I've used Uni Pin pens for a few years. Come in packs of 5, including 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.8. I can't remember which one is duplicated but I think it's 0.3.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

I, too have used artists pens for several years, and love them!

Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Jun 2018 5:45 p.m. PST

I have used a couple of very fine pointed artist's pens to put identifying numbers or other small marks on vehicles. That has worked out pretty well.

Leadjunky Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 8:27 p.m. PST

Is there a way to seal Sharpie prior to a spray gloss varnish?

BillyNM10 Jun 2018 11:00 p.m. PST

I use Profipens for black lining and find they don't run when I apply a light coat of gloss enamel spray varnish. This seals it well enough for further coats of varnish with a brush.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

I stopped using pens for lining because the ink has a reddish, bluish or purplish sheen at certain angles to the light. These days I just use a super fine brush and a wash (black, gray, brown, a dark version of the color being stained, etc.).

- Ix

photocrinch Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

I've not had a problem with the ink running using the micron pens if I spray varnish a light coat first. Whatever you do, don't put a wash on it before sealing, or you can just watch the ink run away.


redmist112211 Jun 2018 7:12 p.m. PST

Or…how about Tamiya's Black Panel Liner? I use both brown and black for various weathering effects.


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